Pat Conroy Literary Festival
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Date & Time: Sat, November 6, 2021 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Location: Technical College of the Lowcountry auditorium | 104 Reynolds St, Bldg 12, Beaufort SC
Virtual: Live-streamed on the festival Facebook page.
Cost: Free

As part of the 6th annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, Beaufort High School’s DAYLO (Diversity Awareness Youth Literacy Organization) will host a conversation with Hub City Press authors Cinelle Barnes (A Measure of Belonging), Anjali Enjeti (The Parted Earth), and Ashley M. Jones (Reparations, Now!). This session will be moderated by DAYLO members Holland Perryman, Alisha Arora, and Millie Bennett.

This hybrid event can be viewed in-person at the Technical College of the Lowcountry auditorium (104 Reynolds St, bldg 12, Beaufort) where Anjali Enjeti will be appearing in person with our student moderators. Cinelle Barnes and Ashley M. Jones will be presenting remotely, appearing on screen at TCL. Books by the presenters will be available for sale through NeverMore Books. The program will also be live-streamed to the festival Facebook page.

About the authors:

Ashley M. JonesAshley M. Jones is newly appointed as the Poet Laureate of Alabama–the youngest writer and first African American selected for this prestigious position. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Florida International University, and she is the author of Magic City Gospel (Hub City Press 2017), dark / / thing (Pleiades Press 2019), and REPARATIONS NOW! (Hub City Press 2021). Her poetry has earned several awards, including the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, the Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards, the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry, a Literature Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, and the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award. She was a finalist for the Ruth Lily Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship in 2020. Her poems and essays appear in or are forthcoming at CNN, POETRY, The Oxford American, Origins Journal, The Quarry by Split This Rock, Obsidian, and many others. She teaches at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, she co-directs PEN Birmingham, and she is the founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival.

Anjali EnjetiAnjali Enjeti is a former attorney, organizer, and award-winning journalist based near Atlanta. She is the author of Southbound: Essays on Identity, Inheritance, and Social Change, and the debut novel, The Parted Earth. Her writing about politics, social justice, and books has appeared in USA Today, Harper’s BAZAAR, Courier Newsroom, Mic, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Publisher’s Weekly, ZORA, and elsewhere. Since 2017, she has been working to get out the vote in Georgia’s AAPI community. In 2019, she co-founded the Georgia chapter of They See Blue, an organization for South Asian Democrats. In the fall of 2020, she served on the Georgia AAPI Leadership Council for the Biden Harris campaign. A former board member of the National Book Critics Circle, she is the recipient of awards from the South Asian Journalists Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors, as well as residencies from the Hambidge Center, Sundress Academy of the Arts, and Wildacres. She was also nominated to Good Morning America’s 2021 Asian American and Pacific Islander Inspiration List. A graduate of Duke University, Washington University School of Law, and the MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, she teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Reinhardt University.

Cinelle BarnesCinelle Barnes is a memoirist, essayist, and educator from Manila, Philippines, and is the author of Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir and Malaya: Essays on Freedom, and the editor of A Measure of Belonging: 21 Writers of Color on the New American South. Her work has appeared or been featured in the New York Times, Longreads, Garden & Gun, Electric Literature, Buzzfeed, Catapult, Literary Hub, and CNN Philippines, and has received support from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund, the Focus Fellowship, and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. She’s a contributing editor at Catapult. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

Photos as well as  short bios of all festival presenters are on the Presenter Page.
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