April 26th

Edward Fletcher, a.k.a Duke Bootee: The Savannah School


Edward Fletcher will talk about the elements that contribute to what he considers the “Savannah School”, including antiquity, master-servant relations, water, fauna and lush verdant vegetation, and the spirit world: religion and things unseen.  He will also read a sample of his own writing.

Fletcher is a writer, novelist, musician, producer, and hip-hop pioneer.  The New Jersey native is a former member of the Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, and many other groundbreaking projects.  He is the voice, creator and producer of The Message, hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as the No. 1 Hip-Hop Song of All Time.  His work is included in the Smithsonian Collection of American Recordings, and is also included in the Norton Anthology of Black Literature. He currently teaches Critical Thinking at Savannah State University.  

His novel, The Yo Culture, is available from www.dukebooteeproductions.com, and his forthcoming novel is titled Against My Better Judgment.

May 3rd

Jane Fishman: How Not To Write A Book -or- How Not To Garden.

Columnist, gardener, and nomad, contrarian Jane Fishman will be talking about the process of assembling random thoughts (or plants) into a whole. The talk will cover her new project ("I Grew It My Way: How Not To Garden"), her previous book ("The Dirt On Jane, An Anti-Memoir"), and the look at Sandy West ("The Woman Who Saved An Island," a love story about an activist, not a biography).  

May 10th

George Williams: The Valley of Happiness

George Williams will read an excerpt from the title story of his latest collection, The Valley of Happiness, and will talk about writing, teaching, and editing fiction.  He is the author of a novel, Degenerate, and a collection of stories, Gardens of Earthly Delight, with another novel, The Goose Girl, and a third collection, Inferno, forthcoming in 2016.  His stories and essays have appeared in The Pushcart Prize, Boulevard, and The Hopkins Review, among others. He is the recipient of a Michener Fellowship and a grant from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. He teaches at Savannah College of Art and Design and works as a consultant and writer for Corra Films.

May 24th

Sjohnna McCray: Rapture

Sjohnna McCray will be discussing and reading from his poetry, including poems to appear in Rapture, which was selected for the 2015 Walt Whitman Award from the American Academy of Poets.  It will be published by Graywolf Press in 2016. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He was educated at Ohio University, and received an MFA from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in English education from Columbia University’s Teachers College.  McCray was the winner of the AWP Intro Journal Award and Ohio University’s Emerson Poetry Prize, and his poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including The Southern Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and Shenandoah.  He is an adjunct instructor at Savannah State University.