Not-so-open. For its 11th year in the festival, the Piccolo Fiction Open is switching things up a bit. Actually, a lot. Rather than being an open-armed fiction contest, this year's event is an invitational featuring four South Carolina writers. It even has a different name: PFX2011.
Who dat? The four featured writers boast impressive resumes. Lisa Kerr is an assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and author of Girl vs. Bear and a poetry chapbook from Stepping Stone Press. Stephanie Hunt is a contributing editor at Skirt! Magazine and SoMA Review, named a Times of London Top-10 Most Influential Religion Blog. Anthony Varallo's first two story collections won the 2005 John Simmons Short Fiction Award and 2008 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, respectively. The College of Charleston English professor is the fiction editor of Crazyhorse, and he received an NEA Fellowship in Literature. Quitman Marshall is the founding coordinator of the Literary Series at Spoleto Festival USA. He's published three chapbooks.
Out loud. Meet the writers and hear their stories in their own voice at Blue Bicycle Books on Sat. June 4 from 5-7 p.m.