Here’s the main Deckle Edge schedule of events. If you’d prefer to see the schedule as a grid that displays the events happening at each location, you can view it here:


25 Feb 25 Feb 2017 Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 26 Feb 26 Feb 2017 Sunday, 26 Feb 2017
  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am

    [Workshop] The Pat Conroy Literary Center presents Putting Your Passion in Print: How to Share Your Vision and Influence with a Greater Audience

    The written word, especially through the stories we share, has always had the power to change perceptions, beliefs, and behaviors, to make positive changes in our world. Learn how several authors touch on greater themes and issues in their work, from animal rights and race relations to women’s rights and family dynamics. We’ll discuss how to tap into more (and more passionate) readers by customizing your own “passion platform.” Identify and relate to your reading audience to become an influence for change!

    $30 – Limited to 12 participants. REGISTER HERE.

    About the Instructors:

    Bren McClain is the author of the novel One Good Mama Bone. A former journalist and director of media relations, McClain is a freelance writer, editor, and communications coach in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a native of Anderson, South Carolina, a former board member of the South Carolina Writers Workshop. McClain has received awards and fellowships from the South Carolina Arts Commission, the South Carolina Fiction Project, the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, the North Carolina Writer’s Workshop, and others.

    Founder of Where Writers Win, Shari Stauch has been involved in publishing, marketing, and PR for thirty years. She is the author of four non-fiction books as well as an award-winning essayist and fiction writer. She is the principal author of the WWW blog, and works with authors and publishers around the country, helping them market themselves and their work to find more readers. Where Writers Win offers access to vetted book reviewers, live and virtual book clubs, and other curated resources for authors and publishers.

  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am

    Healing Through Poetry

    Moderator TJ Wallace, Assistant Director of SC Humanities, leads this group of esteemed poets in a discussion of how poetry can heal wounds both personal and social.

    Sponsored in part by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

  • 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

    Photo Booth & Art Project at Richland Library Children’s Room

    Families can get creative at Richland Library Main’s Children’s Room with a photo booth and special art project featuring the work of Marius Valdes, the library’s current Artist in Residence and author/illustrator of The Secret Species.

  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Exhibit Hall Open

  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Plink, Rattle, Toot! Words Meet Music [Children’s Programming]

    Join us for a live performance of picture books and instruments in perfect harmony.

    A collaboration of MOO!@USC and Richland Library.

  • 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Children’s Pavilion Open

  • 10:30 am - 11:45 am

    Yemassee: The USC Literary Journal Panel

    Editors and writers for Yemassee talk about the journal and share some of their recent work. Panelists include Maya Marshall, Tracie Dawson, Emylisa Warrick, Liz Countryman, Catherine Ntube, and Carlos Gomez Marquez.

    Richland Library, Second Level Theater

    *This session takes the place of “Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes”


  • 10:30 am - 11:45 am

    The Importance of Writing Groups with Members of the SCWA

    Members of the SCWA discuss the role a writing group plays in their process.

    Moderated by Bren McClain, author of new Story River Book, One Good Mama Bone.

  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Academicians Write Short Fiction

    Academicians from some of SC’s finest colleges and universities discuss how their academic careers influence their short fiction writing, followed by readings of excepts from their latest works.

  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Stories with Mr. Darion [Children’s Programming]

    Celebrate Black History with Mr. Darion (Darion McCloud), professional actor, storyteller, founder of the NiA Company and the Captain of Story Squad. Hear stories, sing songs and learn about our heritage.

  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Archibald Rutledge’s The Egret’s Plumes

    Novelist Eric Morris talks with visual artist Stephen Chesley and outdoor enthusiast and author Jim Casada about the Archibald Rutledge legacy.

  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Poets Laureate and the Work They Do: Ed Madden, Marcus Amaker, and Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay

    In this panel presentation the poets laureate from Columbia, Charleston, and Nashville, where Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay is the Youth Poet Laureate, discuss the challenges of their work, their greatest accomplishments, and why a poet a laureate is important to a place from the local to the national level.

  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Flowers for the Living

    Novelist Sandra Johnson discusses her new book, Flowers for the Living, a riveting story of how a suicidal African-American teenager’s forcing a young white cop to kill him devastates the teenager’s mother as well the rookie cop, sparking massive social unrest and more.

  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    Connecting Kids with Nature: The Great Blue Heron of South Carolina

    Photographer/author Frank Baker invites you to explore the world of the Great Blue Heron.

  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    Auntie Bellum Presents: Writing the Resistance: The Word on Activism in the South

    This panel features Columbia-area writers who advocate for social justice and racial and gender equality in the South, including Robert Greene (History PhD candidate at USC, published in Dissent, Nation, Jacobin), Miles Joyner (Miles the Bisexual), Vivian Anderson (Every Black Girl), and Becci Robbins (South Carolina Progressive Network).

  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    Marked by the Water: Writer’s Respond to the Thousand Year Flood

    In this panel, contributors to the multidisciplinary Jasper Project anthology, Marked by the Water: Artists Respond to the 1000 Year Flood, will discuss how they used literary art to process personal and community tragedy, as well as read from their contributions.

  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Thoreau: A 200th Birthday Celebration

    Join us for stories, music and fun! In honor of nature-lover Henry David Thoreau, there will be a hands-on presentation of animal artifacts from the Congaree National Park, a storyteller and book giveaways for participating children. Presented by Turning Pages, Congaree National Forest, SC Department of Education, and SC Center for Children’s Books and Literacy.

  • 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

    Love Between the Covers | Film Screening and Romance Author Panel


    Calling all romance readers! Grab your friends and join us for a screening of the documentary Love Between the Covers, followed by a discussion with several successful romance novelists and a book signing. Featured authors include: Sarah Wendell — romance expert, author and blogger at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books; Synithia Williams — author of spicy southern novels such as Just My Type and Show Me How to Love; Kim Boykin — author of contemporary romance and southern fiction, including Peach of a Pair and Sweet Home Carolina; Cheris Hodges — author of African American romance novels such as Just Can’t Get Enough and More Than He Can Handle; and Mimi Milan — historical romance author of A Rebel in Jericho, Twice Redeemed, and others.


    About the Film:

    “Romance fiction is the behemoth of the publishing industry; it outsells mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet no filmmaker has ever taken an honest look at the global community romance writers and readers have built–until now. This funny and inspiring look into a billion-dollar industry turns up trailblazers who’ve found fortunes and fulfillment in romance, who are on the front lines of a revolutionary power shift in publishing.” – from the DVD case

  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    Thoroughly Thoreau: Walden for Families with Richland Library

    Explore Thoreau’s ideas through nature observation, picture books and more at this hands-on celebration of all things Thoreau.

  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Eclectic Offerings from Fall Lines

    Innovative author Julia Elliott will lead this panel as contributors discuss and read from their short fiction pieces that range from quirky to outlandish. Fall Lines is SC’s only printed independent literary journal and is published yearly by the Jasper Project.

    If you’re an author that’s interested in submitting work for the 2017 Fall Lines, visit the Jasper Project website at for details.

  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Focus on Playwrights: Portraits and Interviews

    Award-winning photographer Susan Johann discusses interviewing and photographing more than 99 playwrights over the years, ranging from Eve Ensler to Arthur Miller to Wendy Wasserstein, and including them in her new book Focus on Playwrights: Portraits and Interviews from USC Press.

  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    On Page & Stage with Glenis Redmond

    Having earned the title the Road Warrior Poet, Glenis Redmond brings her healing and empowering message of the power of poetry to Deckle Edge.

  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    The Ed & Ray Show

    Join Columbia-based and universally adored poets Ed Madden and Ray McManus for a beverage and a casual conversation session as they talk with a variety of fellow authors about anything from the serious to the zany. In this quasi-talk show formatted event, Ed and Ray will invite guests to join them on a comfy sofa on the stage where highly entertaining conversations are sure to ensue. And with the audience just steps away, there’s sure to be an interactive element to the evening. Featured guests include Julia Elliott, author of The New and Improve Romie Futch and The Wilds; Nathalie Anderson, author of Following Fred AstaireCrawlersQuiver, Stain, and Held and Firmly Bound.

  • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Pat Conroy Literary Center Presents: Cassandra King and Pat Conroy’s Lowcountry Heart

    Southern novelist and widow of the late Pat Conroy, Cassandra King will discuss Pat’s posthumously published collection of nonfiction, A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life, to which she has written a heartfelt introduction. Ms. King will also talk about exhibitions, author programs, and classes now underway at the newly established Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort, SC, which continues Pat’s legacy as a teacher, mentor, advocate, and friend to readers and writers alike. Jonathan Haupt, the Conroy Center’s executive director, will introduce Ms. King.


  • 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Deckle Edge BBQ

    Enjoy Columbia’s finest hospitality by eating a plate of Bone-In Artisan Barbecue by Chef Scott Hall (BONE IN IS BACK BABY!!!) and listening to the music of Jade Janay Blocker and David Adedokun.


    Cash bars will be provided by The Whig and Lula Drake.

    Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and include a plate of Bone-In Barbecue (or a vegetarian alternative) and a glass of tea. If you don’t like food, don’t like eating in front of other people, or just can’t stomach the $15, then a non-food ticket is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Tickets can be purchase by clicking the BPT link below or by visiting

    Enter The Back Lot from the alley on the 1100 block of Taylor Street (between Main and Assembly) between the parking garage and the back side of Mast General Store.


  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    The Pulpwood Queens Come to Columbia

    Pulpwood-queen-logoJoin Pattie Welek Hall, ambassador for the international meet-and-greet book club sensation, the Pulpwood Queens along with Shari Stauch. With more than 4000 members and 600 chapters (including one in a women’s prison), The Pulpwood Queens was founded with just six members by Head Queen Kathy L. Murphy in a small town in Texas more than 16 years ago and is, today, the largest book club in the world. Featured on Oprah, Good Morning America as well as in Variety, The New York Times, Oxford American, Newsweek, and more, Murphy’s life is the subject of an upcoming film by Dreamworks.

    Pattie Welek Hall is an author and talk show host as well as an outspoken diplomat for The Pulpwood Queens, famous for their yearly Girlfriends’ Weekends in which book authors serve readers’ dinners and other shenanigans ensue. Pattie (author of A Mother’s Dance) will share her experiences with the Pulpwood Queens and guide attendees on how to start a local Pulpwood Queens Book Club of their own, both in Columbia and wherever you call home.

    Founder of Where Writers Win, Shari Stauch has been involved in publishing, marketing, and PR for thirty years. She is the author of four non-fiction books as well as an award-winning essayist and fiction writer. She is the principal author of the WWW blog, and works with authors and publishers around the country, helping them market themselves and their work to find more readers. Where Writers Win offers access to vetted book reviewers, live and virtual book clubs, and other curated resources for authors and publishers.

  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Book Launch Reception for Held and Firmly Bound by Nathalie Anderson

    Join us for an intimate reception as we launch Columbia native Nathalie Anderson’s new chapbook, Held and Firmly Bound (Muddy Ford Press, 2017). Nathalie will receive guests from 11 – 11:30, then read and sign books until 12:15.

    “Located at the intersection of family and region, Nathalie Anderson’s sequence of magnificently wrought lyric poems seek to determine how a distant relative, one M.D. Huger, came to be indebted to a free woman of color named Betsey Garrett for the princely sum of $2400.  The language in these wonderfully luminous poems helps the reader to imagine the variety of circumstances that may have led up to the transaction.  Endeavoring to illuminate the “complicated possibilities,” of such an extraordinary state of affairs, Anderson’s chapbook achieves on multiple levels: gesturing toward the many forms human frailty can assume while insisting that it is only through sustained acts of truthmaking that matters such as these can yield up their redemptive potential.  A singular achievement whose implications are impossible to deny.” — Herman Beavers, author of Obsidian Blues

    Nathalie Anderson is the author of four books of poetry – Following Fred Astaire, Crawlers, Quiver, and Stain – and libretti for four operas. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Atlanta Review, DoubleTake, Natural Bridge, The New Yorker, and The Recorder. She was raised in Columbia SC, and educated – at Agnes Scott, Georgia State, and Emory University – in Atlanta. A 1993 Pew Fellow in the Arts, Nathalie Anderson serves currently as Poet in Residence at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia; and she directs the Program in Creative Writing at Swarthmore College.

  • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

    Screenwriting – Challenges from the Second Act Film Festival with Wade Sellers*

    In this multi-media panel presentation, Emmy-nominated filmmaker Wade Sellers will curate a slate of 6-minute-long independent films selected from the past three Second Act Film Festivals which will demonstrate the challenges of screenwriting in general and those unique to this particular festival. Screenwriters and filmmakers will be on hand (roster TBA) to discuss their unique challenges and methods of problem solving. Films will be screened to demonstrate elements of discussion. Collected scripts from the films will be available for purchase. Participants include Brad Wagster, Tamara Finkbeiner, and Rachel Napolitano.


    *This presentation replaces The Adventures of Henry Thoreau.

  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel

    Bernard Powers, along with Marjory Wentworth and Herb Frazier, is a co-author of We Are Charleston explores the storied history of the A.M.E. Church as a way of explaining the price and power of forgiveness in the midst of tremendous pain.

  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Chicken: A Savor the South Cookbook

    James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, Cynthia Graubart,talks about her newest offering from UNC Press, Chicken: A Savor the South™, a treatise containing essential information for the home cook, humorous anecdotes, and 53 wonderful recipes for both southern and international chicken dishes.

  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Beheld: Fantasy for Young Adults with Alex Flinn

    Young Adult author Alex Flinn is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels including Beastly and, her newest novel, Beheld, which she discusses for Deckle Edge.

  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Writing SC Nature

    This collection of outdoor enthusiasts extraordinaire discusses the challenges and the joys of writing about nature in SC.

  • 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Children’s Pavilion Open

  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    HOLLA! with the NiA Company [Children’s Programming]

    Bring the whole family for an afternoon of big, loud fun as we enjoy music and storytelling with Darion McCloud and the NiA Company.

  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Local Author Showcase

    Did you know that South Carolina is chock full of amazing writers? Come discover great books written by talented locals. Meet and mingle with authors and add some signed books to your collection. From poetry and history to inspirational books and mysteries, there is something for everyone.

  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race

    Editors Len Lawson and Al Black moderate a panel of poets whose work appears in their newly published anthology, Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race.

  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    CANCELLED – Graphic Novels and Comics

    Unfortunately, this session has been cancelled. 


    Shigeharu Kobayashi leads this discussion on writing graphic novels and comics.

  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Wild South Carolina with Susan and Liesel Hamilton

    The mother-daughter team of Liesel and Susan Hamilton talk about how both being certified naturalists resulted in a working relationship and the publication of a jointly-authored book.

  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Story River Books

    In keeping with family ties, Tim Conroy talks with authors of new Story River Books, a series born out of his brother Pat’s deep belief in the transformative power of story and his abiding generosity to writers and readers alike.