WILSON, NC – Barton is pleased to announce the 15th annual Barton College Creative Writing Symposium, “A Celebration of Writing at Barton College,” scheduled for Monday, March 21. Featured poets and authors include Sally Logan, David T. Manning, Charles Blackburn, Jr., and special guest, Brandon Sneed, Barton College Class of 2009. All events will be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center at no charge, and the public is invited to attend.

The day’s activities will begin at 11 a.m. with “Student Writing at Barton College in 2011:  Presentation and Open Mike Session,” which will be hosted by the Barton College English Club and the editors of the student publication  “LifeLines.”  Following a noon break, participants will reconvene at 1:30 p.m. in the writing center to participate in a discussion with alumnus Brandon Sneed, author of “The Edge of Legend.”  From 3 – 4:30 p.m., discussion will turn to the celebrated “Crucible” with a discussion about the “Inner Workings of a Literary Journal” to be led by editors, contributors, and contest winners.

At 7:30 p.m., the day will conclude with celebrated writers Blackburn, Logan, and Manning providing an evening of readings.

Logan’s chapbook, “Vigils for the Dead,” was published by Longleaf Press. Another poetry chapbook, “Garden Lessons,” will be published by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has appeared in “Tar River Poetry,” “Southern Poetry Review,” “Crucible,” “Asheville Poetry Review,” and “Pembroke Magazine,” among others. She won first place in “Crucible’s” literary contest in 2000, 2003 and 2004, and second place in the 1997 contest. She was selected for the 1999 North Carolina Writers’ Network Blumenthal Writers and Readers Series. A member of the executive board of Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines for 12 years, Logan has also served on the boards of The North Carolina Poetry Society and the North Carolina Poetry Council. Most recently, she served as the 2010 Chair of the North Carolina Writers Conference. Logan is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has two adult children, four grandchildren, and enjoys singing with the Chapel Hill Community Chorus, bird watching, and gardening with deer.

Manning is a Pushcart nominee and three-time winner of the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Poet Laureate Award. He was winner of the Sam Ragan Poetry Prize in Crucible’s Summer 2009 contest and of the 2004 Longleaf Chapbook Prize. His poems have appeared in “Southern Poetry Review,” “Crucible,” “ New Orleans Review,” “32 Poems Magazine,” “Rattle,” “Slipstream,” and other journals. He has seven chapbooks, most recently “Continents of Light” (Finishing Line, 2010), and two full-length collections, “The Flower Sermon” (Main Street Rag, 2007), and “Yodeling Fungus” (Old Mountain Press, 2010), the latter an excursion into comedy. He is the current convener of the Friday Noon Poets of Chapel Hill and was co-editor of “Always on Friday,” a collection of the group’s poems. Manning lives in Cary with his wife, Doris, and enjoys hiking and jogging wooded trails.

Blackburn grew up in Henderson, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Barton College, and now makes his home in Raleigh with his wife and daughter. Early in his career, he roamed the state as a reporter and editor for four small-town newspapers. He has also been a bookshop owner and served as associate director of public relations for Duke University Medical Center. Since 1991, he has held the position of communications manager for Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Blackburn is a past president of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and North Carolina Writers Conference. His fiction, poetry, and features have appeared in many regional and national publications. He is a three-time winner of “Crucible’s” annual fiction award, and he has been the recipient of the Sam Ragan Award for Literature from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and a literary fellowship in fiction from the North Carolina Arts Council. He also plays guitar in the rock band “When Cousins Marry.”
Sneed is a writer living in Wilmington. He has contributed to, “ESPN The Magazine,” “ESPN.com,” “SLAM Magazine,” and “North Carolina’s Our State” magazine, among others. His first book, “The Edge of Legend” (Port City Publishing), was released in September 2010. It tells an incredible story of faith and basketball, of a son and his father, and of a relentless pursuit of redemption that carried Wilson native and Barton alumnus Anthony Atkinson on an unorthodox journey from obscurity to national basketball superstardom.

This event is sponsored by the Department of English and Modern Languages, and The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. For additional information about the Creative Writing Symposium, contact Dr. Jim Clark, chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages and the Elizabeth H. Jordan Endowed Chair for Southern Literature, at 252-399-6450 or jclark@barton.edu.

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Questions?  Please contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations at Barton College, at 252-399-6529 or email kdaughety@barton.edu.

One Response to Barton’s 2011 Creative Writing Symposium Scheduled for March 21

  1. Nick says:

    I would love to attend the Creative Writing Symposium.Thanks for the info.