WILSON, N.C. — September 5, 2023 — The Barton College Homegrown Writers Series will debut on Tuesday, Sept. 19, on campus. The program will be held at 7 p.m. in the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building. It is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend.
“Our School of Arts & Humanities on campus has wanted to expand our literary event offerings, and we came up with an idea to have an annual faculty-led event in the fall, which we will follow with a student-led event in the spring,” shares Michael K. Brantley, assistant professor of English at Barton. “We have so many talented faculty across campus with a wide variety of work to showcase; I’m excited for them to have the stage. We’ve also had students producing fantastic fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in our creative writing classes, some of which has appeared in “Lifelines” and other publications, and we want to shine a light on them.”
Barton faculty readers for the fall launch of the new literary program will include Rod Werline, Bill Hunt, Liz Kiser, Brent Canle, and Michael Brantley. Following their presentations, Rebecca Godwin, retired Elizabeth H. Jordan Chair for Southern Literature at Barton College, will offer a reading from her new book, “Community Across Time: Robert Morgan’s Words for Home.” She will also be available to sign books, available for purchase, following the program.
“It promises to be a lot of fun,” adds Brantley. “My wonderful colleague Maureen O’Neill offered the Barton Art Galleries as the perfect gathering space, and professors Werline, Kiser, Hunt, Canle, and I will share a variety of writing with the audience. We also hope this opportunity will encourage our students to get their work out into the world for others to enjoy.”
For additional information about the program, please contact Michael Brantley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-399-6370.