June 21, 2018
Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses children's literature and more with award-winning author, Carmen Agra Deedy. Carmen has been writing for children for over two decades. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1964. She grew up in Decatur, Georgia, where she lives today. She began writing as a young mother and storyteller whose NPR commentaries on All Things Considered were collected and released under the title, Growing Up Cuban In Decatur, Georgia. The collection of twelve stories soon garnered awards, among them a 1995 Publishers Weekly Best Audio (for Adult Storytelling) and a 1996 Parents’ Choice Gold Award. She has also been an invited speaker at venues as varied as The American Library Association, Refugees International, The International Reading Association, Columbia University, The Smithsonian Institute, TED, The National Book Festival, the Kennedy Center, and StoryfestSC to kick off summer reading in South Carolina.
March 12, 2018
Dr. Curtis Rogers talks to South Carolina author, Bonnie Stanard about her novel, What Missing Means, as well as her poetry and her upcoming novel. Bonnie, who grew up in rural South Carolina, moved away after college and married Douglas Stanard of LaSalle, Illinois. Before her husband's retirement, her family lived in Chicago, Brussels, Atlanta, and Richmond. She has edited several regional publications, and her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Harpur Palate, Slipstream, and The Griffin. Upon retirement, she and her husband moved to South Carolina where they currently reside in Lexington. She has published four antebellum novels and two historical fiction novels and has also published a children's picture book. She is a member of the Columbia II chapter of the SC Writers Association.
February 7, 2018
Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses Greenville's Fine Arts Center and more with Sarah Blackman. Sarah is a poet, fiction, and creative nonfiction author originally from Washington D.C. She graduated from Washington College with a BA in English, a minor in Creative Writing, and earned her MFA from the University of Alabama. Her poetry and prose have been published in a number of journals and magazines, including The Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, Conjunctions, Oxford American Magazine and The Missouri Review. Her debut collection of short fiction, Mother Box and Other Tales, won the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2012. And her most recent novel, Hex, came out in 2016.
January 18, 2018
Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses Family of Warriors with author Ed DeVos. This is a story of five brothers who serve in five different combat areas during World War II and about their love for their country and for their fellow soldiers. And it is a story of a mother and father’s love for their warrior sons and how ordinary people answered the call to serve their country and ran to the sound of the guns and not away from them. These men did not serve for riches or for wealth. They did not serve for fame or notoriety. They served because it is their duty to their country. They served for the common good. They served because it was the “right thing to do.”
DeVos is a highly decorated military officer and is also an experienced writer of thought-provoking historical fiction. His four works, The Stain, The Chaplain's Cross, Revenge at Kings Mountain, a Revolutionary War battle fought in October, 1780, and Family of Warriors, feature characters who model valor, integrity, honor, and courage as they face spiritual and moral dilemmas that warriors have always faced on the battlefield. His works inspire the readers to search how they too would fare in the dilemma posed. He now makes his home in South Carolina where he speaks to various veteran, church, and civic organizations about these themes.
September 14, 2017
Dr. Curtis Rogers talks to poet, writer, and co-founder/director of The Watering Hole (TWH) about poetry and this year’s upcoming banned books week. TWH is a safe space for writers of color without regard for origin, age, gender, sexuality, varied abilities, or religion. In addition, TWH is equally a home for both written and spoken word artists–anyone who wants to grow in the craft.
TWH unapologetically invests in pursuing the craft of poetry, learning about southern poets of color and poets who write about the South, providing affordable classes and retreats, swinging open the door for diverse forms of poetry, and pushing the bounds of a contemporary writing community.