Piccolo Fiction presented by Blue Bicycle Books, Sat., June 3, 5 pm, Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Free and open to the public.
The festival’s longest-running event exclusively devoted to fiction, Piccolo Fiction invites local authors to write and share original short stories. This year’s reading will be in the historic Charleston Music Hall, and, following recent tradition, each story will begin with the words “I ducked into the alley…”
Since 2000, Piccolo Fiction has featured dozens of S.C. writers, with stories broadcast by S.C. Public Radio and published in the Charleston City Paper.
Julia Elliott’s writing has appeared on Granta.com, in Tin House, The Georgia Review, Conjunctions, The New York Times, and other publications. She has won a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and her stories have been anthologized in Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses and Best American Short Stories. Her debut story collection, The Wilds, was chosen by Kirkus, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and Electric Literature as one of the Best Books of 2014 and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her first novel, The New and Improved Romie Futch, arrived in October 2015.
Cinelle Barnes writes memoirs and personal essays on trauma, growing up in Manila, Philippines, and being a mother and immigrant in America. In 2014, she was nominated for the AWP Journal Intro Award for Creative Non-Fiction. She has an MFA from Converse College and teaches writing workshops throughout the year, including Poses and Prose, a yoga + writing workshop. Her debut memoir, Monsoon Mansion, will be released by Little A publishing in Spring 2018.
Benjamin Brandenburg is a former Columbia University graduate student and current bookstore clerk living in Charleston. His stories are sometimes published online, most recently at Hobart and Monkeybicycle.
Born in Raleigh, N.C., Aaron Wood and his wife moved to Charleston in 2013 to escape the winters of Appalachia. His fiction has been published in Charleston City Paper. A sous chef for a local caterer, when he’s not working on a collection of short stories, he spends time with his wife and dog or fishing the local waters.