FLORENCE – Ceille Baird Welch, a Hopkins, S.C.-based playwright, poet, songwriter and short story author, will speak and read from her works on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Francis Marion University’s Cauthen Educational Media Center Lecture Hall, Room 114.
The Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter Chair in English Literature will sponsor the event at the university.
Welch has been called by the Savannah Chronicle a "cross between Tennessee Williams and Flannery O'Connor." She is known for her humor. Her plays, which include “Between God and The Goatman,” “Shoes,” “The Snake Handler,” “Dayporch at East Jesus,” and “On Wings Like a Paper Crane,” have each won a South Carolina New Voices Award and been produced in New York, Savannah, and around South Carolina.
The Actors Theatre of South Carolina is currently touring the southeast with its production of “Dayporch at East Jesus.” On the strength of its production of “On Wings Like a Paper Crane,” the Kershaw County Fine Arts Center won an award for community theatre. Welch is the author of two children's musicals, “The Very First Milo Moose Day Celebration” and “A Rainbow of a Different Color.” Both were produced and aired by South Carolina Educational Television.
She has been awarded grants from the South Carolina Arts Commission for her work with SCETV, and for her short story "A Valentine Story," she won the South Carolina Fiction Project. Her poetry and prose have been published in Kaleidoscope. Welch She has spoken throughout the state about stagecraft, poetry, writing for children, and writing for therapy.
Raised on a cotton and tobacco farm in Moncks Corner, S.C., Welch earned two degrees from the University of South Carolina, a psychology degree and a counseling degree. She is a licensed professional counselor and holds an honorary doctorate of arts from Lander University.
She is married to Jim Welch, of the popular public television series "NatureScene.