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Local Author Expo

Local Author Expo

Call for Submissions!

Submission Due Date: November 30, 2018

We are pleased to announce a call for authors to have an opportunity to speak to the public at the Hughes Main Library on January 26, 2019. With over 300,000 annual visitors, over 7,000 followers on social media and a distribution of over 13,000 newsletters bimonthly, this event provides our patrons and county residents with the opportunity to discover authors and provide important exposure and publicity for the authors.

  • Must be a published (including self-published) author living in the southeastern United States.
  • Writing must be original and professionally presented.
  • Audiobooks will not be considered for this event.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a committee of the library. Not all applications will be accepted.
  • Authors must complete the Local Author Expo Application.
  • The Local Author Expo Application must be accompanied by writing examples.

Note: Selected authors will not be offered compensation for travel or a speaker’s fee. Authors will be expected to handle book sales. Library staff will not assist with sales or procuring books for the event. Selected authors are not guaranteed their books will be added to the Library’s collection.

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Save the Date!

Sat, Jan 26, 2019, Hughes Main Library

Meet local and regional authors, buy books, and have your books signed. Join us for local author panel discussions sponsored by the Emrys Foundation and the Friends of the Library.

12:30p-3:30p • Visit with local authors at their tables

David Burnsworth
Panelist: David Burnsworth

David Burnsworth became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. Southern Heat is his first mystery and the sequel, Burning Heat, debuted in 2016. Having lived in Charleston on Sullivan’s Island for five years, the setting was a foregone conclusion. He and his wife call South Carolina home.

Rose Senehi
Panelist: Rose Senehi

Rose Senehi of Chimney Rock, N.C. recently launched her ninth novel, Catching Fire, which chronicles the infamous Party Rock Fire of Nov., 2016 in Lake Lure, NC. Carolina Belle, was her eighth novel, and the fifth in her Blue Ridge series of “stand alone” books. Among them, Render Unto the Valley was awarded a 2012 IPPY Gold Medal for Fiction—Southeast. Dancing on Rocks was awarded the 2014 Indi-Reader Discovery Award for Popular Fiction. In the Shadows of Chimney Rock was nominated for the 2009 SIBA Book Award. The Wind in the Woods, was nominated for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Her other novels include Pelican Watch, Windfall, and Shadows in the Grass.

Trudy Nan Boyce
Panelist: Trudy Nan Boyce

Trudy Nan Boyce received her Ph.D. in community counseling before becoming a police officer for the City of Atlanta. During her more-than-thirty-year career she served as a beat cop, homicide detective, senior hostage negotiator, and lieutenant. Boyce retired from the police department in 2008 and still lives in Atlanta. She was awarded Georgia Author of the Year, 2017 and the 2017 Pinckley Prize for her debut novel, Out of the Blues.

Jessica Khoury
Panelist: Jessica Khoury

Jessica Khoury wrote her first book at age 4, a fan fic sequel to Syd Hoff's Danny and the Dinosaur, which she scribbled on notebook paper, stapled together, and placed on the bookshelf of her preschool classroom. Since that day, she's dreamed of being an author. In addition to writing, Jess is also a fantasy cartographer, and spends far too much time scribbling tiny trees and mountains in fictional worlds. Jess currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina. She is the author of the Corpus trilogy, The Forbidden Wish, Last Of Her Name, and the forthcoming The Mystwick School of Musicraft. Visit her online at

Emily B. Martin
Panelist: Emily B. Martin

Emily B. Martin splits her time between working as a park ranger and an author/illustrator, resulting in her characteristic “nature nerd” fantasy adventures. An avid hiker and explorer, her experiences as a ranger help inform the characters and worlds she creates on paper.

When not patrolling places like Yellowstone, the Great Smoky Mountains, or Philmont Scout Ranch, she lives in South Carolina with her husband, Will, and two daughters, Lucy and Amelia.

Jo Hackl
Panelist: Jo Hackl

Author Jo Watson Hackl is the founder of and a lawyer with Wyche, PA. Her debut novel, Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe, was published by Random House Books for Young Readers in July 2018. She received her B.A. from Millsaps College and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

In her community, Jo works on a number of creative, educational, business, and philanthropic initiatives. She is a Liberty Fellow and a Riley Fellow and has been recognized as a “Woman of Achievement” by the Greenville YWCA. Jo’s writing has been published by The Pen and Palette, the Emrys Literary Journal, The Clearinghouse Review, and Greenville County Museum of Art’s Hearing Helen.

Jo lives in Greenville, SC with her husband and three children. They all take to the woods whenever they can.

Katie Burgess Steenerson
Panelist: Katie Burgess Steenerson

Emrys Journal editor Katie Burgess Steenerson holds a PhD in fiction from Florida State University. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Pleiades, New Orleans Review, Pembroke Magazine, Smokelong Quarterly, Reductress, and others. She has been anthologized in Southern Sin: True Stories of the Sultry South and Women Behaving Badly (In Fact Books) and Humor: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press). Her chapbook, Wind on the Moon, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications. She has enjoyed the Emrys literary community ever since attending an open mic night as a Greenville Fine Arts Center student years ago.

Glenis Redmond
Panelist: Glenis Redmond

Glenis Redmond travels nationally and internationally reading and teaching poetry so much that she has earned the title, Road Warrior Poet. She has posts as the Poet-in-Residence at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina, and also at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. During February 2016, at the request of U.S. State Department for their Speaker's Bureau, Glenis traveled to Muscat, Oman, to teach a series of poetry workshops and perform poetry for Black History Month.

In 2014-16, Glenis served as the Mentor Poet for the National Student Poet's Program to prepare students to read at the Library of Congress, the Department of Education, and for First Lady Michelle Obama at The White House. Glenis is a Cave Canem Fellow, a North Carolina Literary Fellowship Recipient, and a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist. She also helped create the first Writer-in-Residence at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock, North Carolina.

Glenis believes that poetry is a healer, and she can be found in the trenches across the world applying pressure to those in need, one poem at a time.