Saturday, September 16, 2023

Past Pat Conroy Literary Center Resident Writers

 So.  I may have mentioned . . .  😊 😉 

I leave for Beaufort, SC in about five weeks to be the Pat Conroy Literary Center’s next Writer in Residence.

I'm following some very impressive folks.

They are David KiserJulie Cantrell,  Kathy Meadows,  Janna ZonderRobert Gwaltney, and  Heather Bell Adams.

Am i proud to join them in this honor?  

Absolutely as proud as I have ever been about anything in my life.

You can read a little about each of the past residents here.

While I do not know any of them personally, one of the writers on the list especially stood out because I read, and was stunned by, his book THE CICADA TREE.

Robert Gwaltney, in his amazing novel, gives us southern literature at its best, infused with a little magical realism, a lot of southern gothic, and truth as it is known in the south.

If you haven't read it yet, I urge you to pick it up.

In the meantime, if you'd like to taste a little morsel of Mr. Gwaltney's talent, I'm including a link to a piece he wrote for Southern Literary Review about his tenure as a PCLC Writer in Residence during November, 2022 while staying at MarshSong, which is the magical home of the selected residents hosted by the equally magical,  gracious Mary Ellen Thompson.

There's no resisting this essay with a title as delicious and as provocative as --




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