Clemson writers to read in benefit for Upstate food program
CLEMSON — Award-winning novelist and Clemson University English professor Nic Brown will read in a campus benefit for Loaves and Fishes at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Self Auditorium at the Strom Thurmond Institute. Along with Brown, the annual Writers’ Harvest event will feature faculty writers Geveryl Robinson and Daniel Citro and student writers P.T. Stone and Miriam McEwen from the English department.
“This benefit is a great opportunity to hear some of Clemson’s finest authors, plus some up-and-coming writers and support a very worthy cause,” said Mike Pulley, event organizer. “Come hear some great fiction and poetry and help feed our needy children.”
To gain admission to the event, the writers request a donation of canned goods or cash. Checks made out to Loaves and Fishes Inc. will be accepted. The Strom Thurmond Institute is located at 230 Kappa St. on the Clemson campus.
Writers’ Harvest readings, which have a long tradition at Clemson, are staged each year during the holiday season by writers and poets throughout the United States. The benefits were first launched by Share Our Strength, a national organization that works to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. About 15.3 million American children (one in six) went hungry to some degree in 2014, according to the USDA.
Loaves and Fishes is the only organization in Greenville County that provides free, regularly scheduled deliveries of perishable food for distribution to individuals served at emergency food pantries and neighborhood distribution programs. It rescued and delivered more than 1.9 million pounds of food in 2015 and partners with 94 agencies in the Upstate, according to Pulley.
This year’s reading at Clemson is aided with sponsorship by the university’s Pearce Center for Professional Communication and English Majors Organization.