CLEMSON — Pulitzer Prize-winner Charles Simic, the 15th Poet Laureate of the Unites States, will headline the ninth annual Clemson Literary Festival. He will present a public reading at 8 pm. Thursday, April 7, at Clemson University Alumni Center.

Nationally known poets and authors, educators and community members will participate in the Clemson Literary Festival.

Nationally known poets and authors, educators and community members will participate in the Clemson Literary Festival.

Many other nationally known authors of poetry and fiction will read their works and participate in panel and roundtable discussions during the April 6-8 festival. It also includes a new presence this year with The Watering Hole, an online community for writers of color dedicated to the craft of poetry.

Even campus and local residents can participate during open mic night at the Blue Heron restaurant on College Avenue Friday night.

The events of the festival will be held at various venues on and off campus in Clemson. All events are free and open to the public. For more information about the authors and a complete schedule, visit www.clemson.edu/litfest.

The festival is jointly sponsored by Clemson University and the English department. Since its inception in 2008, the Clemson Literary Festival has brought more than 100 writers to Clemson for readings, panels and discussions. The festival is organized by students with the intent to engage students, faculty and community members in appreciation of the arts.

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