I recently formed the Staunton - Waynesboro - Augusta Group of Writers (SWAG), a subchapter of the Blue Ridge Writers Club, which is a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. The goal of the group, as I see it, is to elevate the profile of writers in Augusta County, Virginia, including the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro. We aim to do that through public readings, primarily, although we plan to hold other events as well.
The first reading will be at 7PM on June 16, 2010, which happens to be Bloomsday. For this event we'll be at Irish Alley Restaurant and Pub at 19 W. Johnson St. in Staunton. (It's not really an Irish Pub, but close enough for our purposes.)
Featured will be Poet Alan Christy, an adjunct literature teacher at Mary Baldwin College and also denizen of Cranberry's, and Novelist Domnica Radulescu, professor of Romance Languages at Washington & Lee University. Radulescu's novels include Train to Trieste and the forthcoming Black Sea Twilight. (The Sacred Circle will be on hand to sell copies of the books!) With these great writers on hand, plus the wonderful food and drink at Irish Alley available for purchase, it promises to be a great evening.
SWAG Writers will be hosting additional readings and events in the coming months. If you are a writer and are planning to be in our area, or even nearby, let me know and we'll try to schedule something.
[Thanks to Lindsay Curren of the Curren Media Group for the terrific poster and to Karen Lawrence of Karen Lawrence Media Services to help with publicity.]