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The next Southern Writers Reading Series occurs on Wednesday August 12th at 7:30PM….get excited!

I can think of few better ways to spend a Wednesday evening than listening to spectacular poetry and fiction from Alyson Greenfield, Courtney Young, Ryan Galloway and Paul Legault!!

Alyson Greenfield holds an MFA in creative writing from The University of Alabama. She has published writing in Sinister Compendium, Mêlée, Blaze Vox, and 27 Rue de Fleurs. Alyson co-wrote the screenplay for Sitting on Fire, a short film based on her original short story, which was selected to show in several national film festivals– among them the 2004 California Independent Film Festival and the 2003 Philadelphia Documentary and Fiction Festival, where it won Special Prize for Best Short Film. Alyson is focused heavily on writing music and lyrics these days, performing nationally and internationally as a singer/songwriter. She recently released her first full-length album, Tuscaloosa, which was engineered by Denise Barbarita (Mary J. Blige, The Roots, David Byrne) and features Jason Mercer (Ani DiFranco, Ron Sexsmith) on bass. Her music has been heard on radio, podcasts, and TV, and she has been recognized by music publications such as Paste, Beyond Race, The Deli, Relix, and more. To find out more about Alyson please visit: http://www.alysongreenfield.com.

Courtney Young was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. She received her B.A. from Spelman College in Atlanta. In 2004, she received an M. A. from New York University. She is a commentator and writer of both fiction and pop culture criticism, having published in arenas such as Popmatters, The Nation & The Grio and was a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Hip-Hop Literature. In addition, she has published her fiction in the Stanford University Black Arts Quarterly and 971. She is currently completing two books, the first of which is entitled Color Me Color Struck: How Colorism Serves to Undermine and Marginalize Women of Color in Popular Culture of which she serves as the editor. The second book, entitled From MOBAMA to Medea: Images of Black Women and Girls in contemporary Popular Culture, is a collection of essays about the ways in which Black women are represented in media and pop culture. She blogs at http://thethirtymilewoman.wordpress.com.

Ryan Galloway was born on Sand Mountain in northeast Alabama. He earned Bachelors degrees in English and History from Auburn University
before earning an MA in Literature from NYU. His fiction is primarily
short, though he has allegedly been writing a novel since time
immemorial, and is almost always desolately rural. He and his
girlfriend run http://www.yellowhammerpress.com, a site devoted to Southern
arts, letters, and culture.

Paul Legault is a poet from Tennessee. Currently he lives in Brooklyn, where he works as a poetry editor for Business. His poems have been published in Drunken Boat, Field, Pleiades, and some others.

Hope to see you August 12th, with your mouth watering for sweet tea!! Without a fantastic crowd there would be no series, so please come out, show the South and these talented writers summer love.

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