Hub City Anthology

Editors: John Lane, Betsy Wakefield Teter

Softcover (ISBN: 0-9638731-7-2 )

This is the book that started it all, the "opening conversation" between the Hub City Writers Project and its community. It's the book that caught the attention of The New York Times, Utne Reader and many other publications.

Publication Date: Apr 1996
Dimensions: 9 x 11 in.
146 pages

Hub City Anthology is a collection of personal essays, artwork and photographs by the original group of Hub City representatives. Though Hub City Anthology is a book about Spartanburg, it is also a book with a much larger context. It's a book about a boomtown Southern community seeking to find its voice in the wake of enormous change.

The essays in the book are, among other subjects, about places lost. Life in the suburbs, weird religion, threatened green spaces, the county fair, family reunions and, yes, of course, trains. The authors in this collection are young and old, black and white, native and newcomer.

The book also includes the artwork of Southern Exposure, a Spartanburg arts cooperative, and the work of four local photographers. "The individual voices of the book extend past the essays," wrote Creative Loafing magazine. "There are visions of rooftops, buildings, and highways, along with photographs of dairy farmers, lumber men, teachers, collapsing hotels, and even a parking garage."

The Charlotte Observer called this book "a carefully constructed, lively anthology with both words and pictures to enjoy and ponder." Now in its second printing, Hub City Anthology continues to entertain.

Authors include: Meg Barnhouse, Butler Brewton, Rick Cooper, Max Goldberg, Frances Hardy, Gary Henderson, Winston Hardegree, John Lane, Rosa Shand, Cooper Smith, John Stevenson, Bob Talbert, David Taylor, Betsy Teter, Deno Trakas.

John Lane

John Lane

A founder of the Hub City Writers Project, John Lane is a place-based educator at Wofford College and the author of numerous books of essays and poetry. He is the author of Waist Deep in Black Water, Chattooga, and Circling Home, all from the University of Georgia Press. His poetry collection, Abandoned Quarry: New and Selected Poems is forthcoming from Mercer University Press.

Betsy Wakefield Teter

Betsy Wakefield Teter

Betsy Teter is executive director of the Hub City Writers Project, which she co-founded with John Lane and Gary Henderson in 1995. Her personal essays appear in three Hub City books. Before starting Hub City, she had a fifteen-year journalism career with newspapers in South Carolina.