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Fuller and Patel win Hub City scholarships
Hannah Fuller of Spartanburg High and Dimpi Patel have received $1,000 college scholarships from the Hub City Writers Project for the 2013-14 school year.
The Writers House Residencies
A new residency program at the Writers House in Spartanburg is open to emerging writers who have completed a graduate creative writing degree within the past five years, or are in the midst of one.
Within four blocks of the Writers House, you'll find two wine bars, a brewery, two Thai restaurants, a coffee shop, the public library, a sushi bar, a blues club, an alternative arts venue, two fine dining restaurants, and multiple nightspots. There are places for pizza, cupcakes, chicken wings, sandwiches, the standard meat-and-three, and more. Our town square is home to ice skating in the cold months and a farmers market and jazz concerts in the warm months. The Hub City Bookshop hosts nearly 100 readings and literary gatherings a year. Around the corner, you can find film, art openings, plays, public events and live music at HUB-BUB's Showroom. On the perimeter are the Chapman Cultural Center, Converse and Wofford colleges, a med school, a business school, and -- we hope within the next 12 months -- a new food co-op.
Publishers Weekly calls the Hub CIty Writers Project "Spartanburg's go-to cultural organizer." Here, the magazine tells the story of how we opened the Hub City Bookshop and why.
Among the writers who have visited our community for readings or workshops in the past two years are: Jonathan Tropper, Richard Russo, Wiley Cash, Thomas Kennedy, Tea Obreht, Davy Rothbart, Barry Lopez, Rick Bass, Tayari Jones, Ron Rash, Jill McCorkle, Neil Gaiman, Lee Smith, Robert Olmstead, Albert Goldbarth, and R.T, Smith, among many others. The creative writing faculties at Spartanburg's colleges include many writers who have published books, including poets Rick Mulkey, Deno Trakas and John Lane, fiction writers Elizabeth Cox, Susan Tekulve, Sam Howie, Brock Adams, and Thomas McConnell. The Atlantic magazine's venerable fiction editor C. Michael Curtis teaches at Wofford College and sits on our editorial committee. A low-residency MFA in creative writing is offered at Converse College.
Did you know?
Hub City has inspired several other communities to create place-based anthologies. Others who have followed our model and created their own books include Fidalgo Island, WA; Beaufort, SC; Charlotte, NC; Flagstaff, AZ; and Tallahassee, FL.