Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Piccolo Fiction – Charleston Music Hall – Sun., May 27, 5 pm

Piccolo Fiction presented by Blue Bicycle Books, Sun., May 27, 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.

Featured authors:

An author, editor, and educator, Susan DeFreitas’s creative work has appeared in (or is forthcoming from) The Writer’s Chronicle, The Utne Reader, Story, Southwestern American Literature, and Weber—The Contemporary West, along with more than twenty other journals and anthologies. She is the author of the novel Hot Season (Harvard Square Editions), which won the 2017 Gold IPPY Award for Best Fiction of the Mountain West, and a contributor at Litreactor.com. A first-generation American of Caribbean descent, she holds an MFA from Pacific University and splits her time between Charleston and Portland.

Alex Eaker is an MFA candidate in creative writing at the College of Charleston, where he also earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English and Communication. Although he was raised in Connecticut, he likes to call Charleston his home now. He’s had works published in Cleaver Magazine and SmokeLong Quarterly.

Susan Rivers began her career as a playwright, receiving the Julie Harris Playwriting Award and the New York Drama League Award, and working as an NEA Writer-in-Residence in San Francisco. Fiction became her focus after moving to the Carolinas in 1995. She currently lives and teaches in Upstate South Carolina. Her debut novel, The Second Mrs. Hockaday (Algonquin Books), was a finalist for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and currently is one of four finalists for the Southern Book Prize.

J.C. Sasser started her professional career at age 12, working as a dishwasher, waitress, and cook at a truck stop off Georgia’s I-16. Over her life, she has worked as an envelope licker, tortoise tagger, lifeguard, Senate page, model, editor, water-polo coach, marine biologist, plant grower, software consultant, and 6-Sigma Black Belt. She is the award winning author of Gradle Bird (Koehler Books 2017) and a contributor to the forthcoming anthology, Gather at the River: Twenty-five Authors on Fishing edited by David Joy and Eric Rickstad (Hub City Press 2019). She lives in an old barn on Edisto Island with her husband, Thomas, along with their two sons, T.C. and Robert Esten, two dogs, Cro and Blue Moon June, a school of fighting fish, and a flock of frenzied chickens.

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