This Friday: 4X4CLT with Ada Limón

Friday, September 10, 6:00 p.m.
Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for the Arts and Civic Engagement
2319 Wellesley Ave, Charlotte, NC 28207

Join us this Friday at Queens for the latest 4X4CLT poster release, presented with Arts at Queens, featuring a poetry reading by Ada Limón and art display by Laurie Smithwick. 

This event is free and open to the public (registration required using the link below. Proof of vaccination and masks are required. Livestreaming option also available.) 

Poet Ada Limón is a current Guggenheim fellow and author of five poetry collections, including her most recent, The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. She teaches in the Queens low-residency MFA program. Her books also include Bright Dead Things (2015), a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Books Critics Circle Award. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, Harvard Review, Pleiades and Barrow Street. 


Fall Classes Begin This Month!

We're Online in September & October — Join Us!

Experience Charlotte Lit's classes from the comfort and safety of your homes. Here are our available fall online offerings. (And find all our classes here.)

  • The Art of Detail, with Meg Rich: four-week asynchronous studio begins Sunday, September 26.
  • Re-charging Your Writing Post-Pandemic, with Kim Wright, Tuesday, September 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.
  • Fueling the Fires: Journal as Inspiration, with Ashley Memory, Tuesday, October 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.
  • Marketing Your Book, with Kathy Izard, Tuesday, October 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.
  • Writing the Personal Essay, with Amy Paturel: four-week asynchronous studio begins Sunday, October 24.
  • The Flesh Made Word: Writing Allegory, with George Hovis, two Tuesdays, October 26 and November 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.
  • The Editor's Eye: Poetry, with Luke Whisnant, Tuesday, November 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Studio Spotlight: Writing the Personal Essay

4 weeks Asynchronous: Sunday, October 24 – Saturday, November 20, 2021
Location: Asynchronous/Virtual via Wet Ink and Zoom
Optional Zoom sessions on Monday, October 25 and November 15, 7:00 p.m.

With Amy Paturel. Do you have ideas stuck in your head instead of on the page, or dozens of unfinished essays hibernating on your hard drive? It’s time to unearth those gems and get them published! With this 4-week intensive workshop, you get all of the benefits of the self-guided course, plus feedback from the instructor on prompt responses and assignments. You’ll participate in an online platform where you’ll engage with other students and receive valuable essay-writing insights. Finally, each student will have the opportunity to workshop one essay in real time and receive a detailed critique on one completed draft.

$300 members; $375 non-members (includes one-year Charlotte Lit General Membership) • Register

Submissions are Open! $1,500 First Place Prizes

Charlotte Lit Writers/South Awards

It's time to submit! Charlotte Lit's inaugural Writers/South awards have $10,000 in prizes for writing in four categories: poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, and flash.

Entries will be accepted from current and past residents of North Carolina and its border states: South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia. The winning entry in each category will be awarded $1,500. Second and third place stories will be awarded $500 and $250 respectively. Honorable mentions will be awarded $50. All winning stories and honorable mentions will be published in the Spring 2022 edition of Writers/South: Journal of Charlotte Lit, in both print and online editions (more on the journal can be found below).

Writers/South Award Judges for 2022:
• Poetry: Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs
• Fiction: Ron Rash
• Nonfiction: Stephanie Elizondo Griest
• Flash: Tara Campbell

Deadline is December 1. Learn more and read the contest guidelines at our Writers/South Awards info page.

Tuesdays: Pen to Paper

Every Tuesday we gather on Zoom for a writing prompt, community writing time, and sharing — Led by Meg Rich, Kathie Collins, or Paul Reali — 9:30-10:30 a.m. Always free! Register for any session here to get the week's link.

What's What

Things We Like This Week

WHAT TO BLOG: Storied Charlotte this week features Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 & Its Aftermath, a new anthology from Press 53, co-edited by Joseph Bathanti, a former NC Poet Laureate, and David Potorti, a co-founder of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. The anthology includes works by 116 poets from across North Carolina, including many poets from the Charlotte area. 
WHAT TO POD: Charlotte Readers Podcast: In episode 242, host Landis Wade visits with Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Night She Disappeared, in which a mystery writer stumbles on a true crime. In episode 241, Landis visits with Khalisa Rae, author of Ghosts in a Black Girl’s Throat, a vivid collection of poems that explore Black pain, agency, reclamation, and the ghosts—past and present—that haunt them.

More Lit Arts Action


Monday, September 13: Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time, with Tiffany Grantham, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom.

Tuesday, September 21: Monthly Meeting, 6:30 p.m. This month:  Charlie Lovett, Thoughts on Beginnings and Endings. Virtual via Zoom.

September 24 (and every 4th Friday), LIVE Open Mic Night for CWC Members to read their work, 6:45 - 9 p.m. Mug's Coffee, 5126 Park Road, Charlotte.

September 25, 2:00 p.m. Finding a Story, a virtual writing workshop with Jill McCorkle.

Thursday, October 14, 2021at 7:00 p.m. Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, virtual reading and conversation.

Learn more about these events and register at


Our sister organization in Asheville has a great class lineup this fall, too! Here are three to check out:

Learn To Pitch Your Book, Saturday, Sep. 11, with Agent Maggie Cooper (online)
Collage Technique, Sunday, Sep. 12, with Sebastian Matthews

Find more from Flatiron Writers Room here.


Ed Southern: Book Signing and Conversation. On Tuesday, September 14, 3-5 p.m. at Park Road Books, Ed will sign copies and read from his new book Fight Songs: A Story of Love & Sports in a Complicated South. At 7 p.m., join him for an online conversation with Tommy Tomlinson.

19th Annual James River Writers Conference, Online, October 8-10, with pre-conference master classes on Friday, October 8. Classes, agent one-on-one meetings, and "First Pages Panel" with literary agents. Info


NEW! Charlotte Lit Writers/South Awards. $1,500 / $500 / $250 and $50 honorable mentions, in four categories: 

• Poetry: 1-3 poems, up to five pages total, judged by Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs
• Fiction: up to 4000 words, judged by Ron Rash
• Nonfiction: up to 4000 words, judged by Stephanie Elizondo Griest
• Flash: 1-2 pieces, up to 500 words each, judged by Tara Campbell

Deadline is December 1. Learn more and read the contest guidelines at our Writers/South Awards info page or submit at our Submittable page.

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