Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey

CLEMSON — United States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey is the headliner for the seventh annual Clemson Literary Festival, taking place from Wednesday, March 26, to Saturday, March 29. A reading and book signing featuring Trethewey will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the Clemson University Alumni Center .

The Literary Festival will host a number of other award-winning authors in its Downtown Reading Series.

Authors Marlon James and Kelly Link and poet Mathias Svalina will read at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at 356 Sushi and Martini Bar. Two readings will take place at Overtime Sports Bar starting at 5 p.m. Friday, March 28, featuring Craig Morgan Teicher, Ethan Hauser, Denise Duhamel, Alissa Nutting, Natalie Shapero and Benjamin Percy.

An expanded Family Day will take place on the final day of this year’s festival. Family Day will feature readings from Melinda Long, author of the best-selling “How I Became a Pirate,” and Tommy Hays, author of the 2013 Fall Okra Pick “What I Came to Tell You.” The event will include literary-themed activities aimed toward children and young adults, including “design your own book cover” and literary trivia.

All authors were chosen by Clemson University students from a variety of majors and backgrounds. The festival was organized by a group of 11 students in a Creative Inquiry project under the guidance of English professor Keith Morris and lecturer John Pursley.

The Clemson Literary Festival has brought more than 50 writers to Clemson  for readings, panels and discussions. All events are free and open to the public. For more information about the authors and a complete schedule, visit