Shore Lit is pleased to present the 2023 Shore Lit College Writers Fall Showcase, a first-of-its-kind event bringing together student authors from across Maryland’s Eastern Shore for a public reading.
The showcase will be held in the Stoltz Listening Room at the Avalon Theatre, Easton, and feature advanced students in the creative writing programs at Washington College and Salisbury University. Each student author will read a short selection of their original poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction.
“There is an incredible amount of talent in the college writing programs here on the Shore,” says Shore Lit Founder Kerry Folan. “Many of these student authors are already publishing in national journals and winning major awards. Bringing these brilliant young writers together offers them not just a chance to learn about and celebrate each other’s work, but also to connect with other ambitious artists and expand their network of peers, mentors, and collaborators.”
This event is a natural expansion of Shore Lit’s author series, now in its second year, which brings several nationally and internationally recognized authors to the Mid-Shore each season. Recent Shore Lit visiting writers include novelists Tania James and Jung Yun, memoirist CJ Hauser, and cultural critic Lawrence Weschler. “Building inclusive community is one of Shore Lit’s core values, and amplifying the voices of emerging writers is one important way to honor that value,” says Folan.
Through the generosity of the Avalon Foundation, this event also offers the Mid-Shore community a chance to enjoy the work of the next generation of literary writers with no financial barrier to access. Though tickets are free, seating is limited, and registration is requested. Seats can be reserved via the Avalon Foundation website or by clicking on the link below:
This program is sponsored by Shore Lit and the Avalon Foundation. It is supported in part by funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.
About Shore Lit:
Shore Lit founder Kerry Folan is a reader, writer, and associate professor of writing and literature at George Mason University. She has been living in Easton since 2017 and aims to enhance local cultural offerings with regular, free book talks open to the public. Shore Lit events are designed to explore relevant ideas, foster literary conversation, and build inclusive community. For updates, sign up for our monthly newsletter at shorelit.org.
About The Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College:
The Rose O’Neill Literary House is dedicated to promoting the articulated word. We bring together students, faculty, alumni, and community members from across disciplines. We are a cultural center which hosts programs, classes, and student-run clubs and activities. Our annual events provide access to a wide variety of writers and genres, including those whose texts are hybrid or hard to describe. Our letterpress studio and Literary House Press introduce participants to both new and old technologies. We supervise over 100 learning opportunities every year for students.
About Salisbury University Creative Writing:
The Salisbury University Creative Writing Program helps students hone and professionalize skills in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. We strive to create a meaningful writing community with national and international reach. Our program also features Scarab, our student-run, in-house literary journal, and Writers on the Shore, our visiting writers reading and workshop series. Our students have won prestigious national awards, published in high-end international literary journals, and gone on to some of the nation’s highest-ranked MFA and PhD programs. Our goal is to help students find their creative writing future.