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Clemson writers to read in benefit for Paw Pantry


Clemson University faculty authors Steve Katz, Rhondda Robinson Thomas, and Will Stockton are featured this year at Writers’ Harvest, a literary benefit reading for Clemson University’s Paw Pantry on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 at 5 p.m.

The reading will be on Zoom, and attendees can access the link by clicking here.

The event will also feature winners of the Writers’ Harvest Student Reader Awards—Tate Gee (undergraduate) and Sethunya Mokoko (graduate).

“This annual event gives the campus and the public a chance to hear some of Clemson University’s most talented poets and prose writers—both faculty and students,” said Mike Pulley, event organizer and emcee. “In the process, the audience also gets to help feed those in need on campus and in the area during the holidays.”

The writers encourage viewers to make a monetary or food donations to Paw Pantry. Monetary donations can be made by clicking “Donate” on Paw Pantry’s website.

To make food donations, contact Paw Pantry at 864-372-6879 or for drop-off appointments.

Writers’ Harvest readings are staged during the holiday season by writers and poets throughout the U.S. The benefits were first launched by Share Our Strength, a national organization that works hard to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. Writers’ Harvest at Clemson is sponsored by Pearce Center for Professional Communication.

Paw Pantry, located at 233 Sirrine Hall, reduces food insecurity among Clemson students and in the community.

For more information, contact Mike Pulley at (864-650-6094).

About the Writers:

Steve Katz is Pearce Professor Emeritus of Professional Communication, and Professor Emeritus of English at Clemson University. His 45-year academic teaching career culminated in his leadership of Clemson University’s professional communication programs from 2006 until his retirement in 2019. Katz is poetry editor of Survive and Thrive: Journal of Medical Humanities and Narrative of Medicine. Hundreds of his poems have appeared in journals, including Southern Poetry Review, Pembroke Magazine, South Carolina Review, Free Verse Magazine, Obsidian, and Postmodern Culture, among others. His background in science and technical writing also led to science-themed poems in journals like Isaac Asimov’s Science Magazine and the American Medical Association’s Archives of Family Medicine.

Rhondda Robinson Thomas is Clemson University’s Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature. For more than a decade, she has led Call My Name, a landmark public history project that reexamines and re-conceptualizes the often-omitted contributions that African Americans have made and continue to make in sustaining Clemson’s land and institution. She is the author of “Call My Name, Clemson: Documenting the Black Experience in an American University Community” (2020) and “Claiming Exodus: A Cultural History of Afro-Atlantic Identity, 1774-1903” (2013), and co-editor of “The South Carolina Roots of African American Thought, a Reader” (2014) with Susanna Ashton.

Will Stockton is chair of the Clemson University English Department. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in English at Indiana University Bloomington. His research focuses on Renaissance literature and queer theory. Stockton’s recent books include “Members of His Body: Shakespeare, Paul, and a Theology of Nonmonogamy” (Fordham University Press, 2017), and translations of Sergio Loo’s “Nightmare in Narvarte” (Literalia, 2020). He is co-editor of “The 33 1/3 B-Sides: New Essays by 33 1/3 Authors on Beloved and Underrated Albums” (Bloomsbury, 2019) and co-author of a study of the DC Talk album “Jesus Freak” (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Sethunya Mokoko studies, produces, and teaches during his Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design (RCID). Prior to migrating to Clemson, he was an adjunct professor in California. He originates from Lesotho, Southern Africa, and likes reggae, rain, reading and writing.

Tate Gee is a freshman nursing major from Easley, South Carolina. She has a love-hate relationship with Dante Alighieri and spends a lot of time mulling over the fact that she never quite learned how to read an analog clock. In the future, Tate hopes to pursue a career in trauma nursing.

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