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FMU to hold Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival, Nov. 10, 11

FLORENCE – The sixth annual Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival at Francis Marion University will bring to campus the four nationally known and bestselling authors on Nov. 10 and 11, which is free and open to the public. 

The two-day festival will celebrate the works of poets Michael Chitwood and Patricia Smith and fiction writers Amy Bloom and Daniel Woodrell. 

There will be readings, lectures and panel discussions with programs for participants. A number of fiction and poetry topics will be covered and there will be opportunities for book signings. In addition, there will be screenings of film, Winter’s Bone. An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. 

“The event will offer dynamic and personal interactions between readers and authors as they share the joy of reading,” said FMU English Professor Rebecca Flannagan who is organizer of the event along with a committee consisting of a number of faculty members from the English Department. 

For additional information about the festival, visit the Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival website at or contact Flannagan by phone at (843) 661-1516, via email at


About the authors:

 Michael Chitwood

Chitwood was born in the foothills of the Virginia Blue Ridge mountains. A short story writer, essayist, and poet, Chitwood has published seven books of poetry including “The Weave Room,” “From Whence,” “Spill,” and the most recent, “Poor Mouth Jubilee.” He is currently a lecturer at the University of North Carolina.

 Patricia Smith

Smith was 2008 National Book Award finalist for “Blood Dazzler,” a collection of poems about Hurricane Katrina. Other books by Smith include the National Poetry Series winner Teahouse of the Almighty, Close to Death, Big Towns, Big Talk, and Life According to Motown. She has also written a children's book Janna and the Kings, as well as a book of history, Africans in America. She is also a four-time individual National Poetry Slam champion. Her official website is 

Amy Bloom

Bloom is a novelist and short story writer. Her short story collection “Come to Me” was nominated for a National Book Award in 1993, and her collection “A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You” was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction in 2000. Her most recent work is 2010's collection of short stories, “Where the God of Love Hangs Out.” Her official website is 

Daniel Woodrell

Woodrell is an American fiction writer. He has published eight novels, including “The Ones You Do,”” Muscle for the Wing,” “Tomato Red,” and “Winter's Bone,” which was made into an Academy-Award nominated film in 2010. Woodrell writes primarily about the Missouri Ozarks where he grew up and currently lives.


Last Published: November 11, 2011 11:57 AM
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