Ten local authors read from their works on Open-Mic Night at Chicora Alley in downtown Greenville, South Carolina, tonight. The lead-off reader/writer in the Emrys.org-sponsored event was GP Hutchinson, author of Strong Convictions: An Emmett Strong Western. Students from the highly competitive South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, as well as several seasoned poets read their compositions during the remaining nine time allocations.
Emrys Board President Anna K. Freeland served as the event host. With her warm personality and humor-laced comments and directions, Ms. Freeland introduced each reader and set the stage for a relaxed and enjoyable occasion. All ten authors were very well received by the eager listening audience. Their works ranged from the excerpt from Hutchinson’s novel to autobiographical poetry to an essay. The readings included comedy, satire, and sobering psychological and sociological commentary. Some authors read from unpublished work, while others read from works available for purchase.
Following the readings, authors and audience enjoyed the opportunity to meet one another, to renew acquaintances, and to discuss the pieces that were read, as well as works in progress.
The next Emrys Open-Mic Night will take place the second Tuesday night in August.