Past Artists Fall 2010 - Spring 2011
January 25, 2011
Susan Werner was raised in rural Iowa and began her professional music career in Philadelphia, after earning a degree in voice from the University of Iowa and completing her graduate studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. Werner left behind her opera training and began performing as a singer-songwriter at coffee houses throughout the northeast.
She released her first album, Midwestern Saturday Night, in 1992 and then Live at Tin Angel the following year. From 1993 – 2004 she released several more albums and in 2006 Werner made a splash on satellite radio with her "alternative national anthem" entitled, "My Strange Nation.”
In 2007, she blended faith and doubt in her "agnostic gospel" record The Gospel Truth - a collection of original songs drawing on gospel music traditions from Folk/Bluegrass to Americana to R&B/Soul/Spiritual, and presenting lyrics that have been praised by religious believers and non-believers alike across the country. The Gospel Truth was named 2007 Top Folk Album of the Year by NPR/Folk Alley and WUMB, and Susan Werner was named Best Contemporary Folk Artist at the 2008 International Folk Alliance music conference.
In 2009 Susan released Classics, which delivers entirely new string arrangements of mainstream popular songs by top songwriters from a "classical" pop era - the sixties and seventies. Werner’s newest album, Kicking The Beehive, will be released in March 2011.
October 14, 2010
Past Chancellor of The Fellowship of Southern Writers, Richard Bausch currently serves as The Moss Chair of Excellence in the Writing Program at The University of Memphis. A Georgia native, he is the author of eleven novels and eight collections of stories, including the novels Rebel Powers, In The Night Season, Hello To The Cannibals, Thanksgiving Night, and Peace;
and the story collections Spirits, Someone To Watch Over Me, The Stories of Richard Bausch, Wives & Lovers: 3 Short Novels, and the most recently Something is Out There. His novel, The Last Good Time, was made into a feature-length motion picture that was directed by Bob Balaban.
An acknowledged master of the short story form, Bausch's work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper's, The New Yorker, Playboy, The Southern Review, The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize Stories.
He has won two National Magazine Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lila-Wallace Reader's Digest Fund Writer's Award, the Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2004 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and, for Peace, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
Septermber 16, 2010
Recognized as one of the world’s most formidable performers and a 2008 National Book Award Finalist, Patricia has read at venues around the world, including the Poets Stage in Stockholm, Rotterdam’s Poetry International Festival, the Aran Islands International Poetry and Prose Festival and on tour in Germany, Austria and Holland. In the U.S., she’s performed at Carnegie Hall, Bumbershoot, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, the Folger Shakespeare Library and St. Mark’s Poetry Project.
Patricia is a four-time national individual champion of the notorious and wildly popular Poetry Slam, the most successful competitor in slam history. She was featured in the nationally-released film “Slamnation,” and appeared on the
award-winning HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.”
Patricia’s fifth book of poetry, Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press) chronicles the human, physical and emotional toll exacted by Hurricane Katrina, a catastrophic natural event with lasting spiritual and political impact. This much-anticipated volume is also the focal point of new dance/theater collaboration between Patricia and dancer Paloma McGregor of Urban Bush Women.