Writers@Work 2018 Opening Event: Paint The Town Read

Friday, January 5, 2018
George Singleton
George Singleton

The Writers@Work team from the Chattanooga State Humanities Department invites the public to the opening event of the 2018 Writers@Work series. The Half-Mammals of Dixie – Paint the Town Read is the first in a series of public events organized by Writers@Work in support of the April 2018 week-long residency of George Singleton, author of The Half-Mammals of Dixie.

Chattanooga State Professor of Art and artist Joe Helseth will lead participants in a discussion of themes in The Half-Mammals of Dixie and guide them in creating their own artistic interpretations of these themes through a variety of mediums. Reservations are required for participants who may choose to attend either session on Tuesday, Jan.

30, at 6:30 p.m. or Thursday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Humanities 305 on Chattanooga State’s Amnicola campus. Each night is limited to 20 participants. For reservations, contact Erica Lux at erica.lux@chattanoogastate.edu.

The 2018 Writers@Work event is sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission, Chattanooga State Community College, and South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Event partners include the Hunter Museum of Art, EPB, Starline books, and Southern Lit Alliance.

In 2011, the Chattanooga State Community College Humanities Department founded Writers @ Work (W@W) to enhance literary analysis in its Composition II classes through the reading of a common novel with a focus on Southern culture and people. It quickly transformed into an arts experience that touches the lives of many in the greater Chattanooga area.

W@W chooses Southern authors with works centered on life in this region; the effect is that participants are able to gain a new understanding and appreciation for the culture and arts offered in the South, in their own city, and through the community college that serves it. In a media-driven world that shows a limited view of the South, W@W actively works to showcase and celebrate the diversity and rich culture of the Southern people.

Since its inception, W@W has expanded to provide more opportunities for public interaction with selected authors through dynamic events that are always free to attendees. These take place in various locations across the city such as the Chattanooga Aquarium, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, and the Hunter Museum of American Art, where the community can interact with the authors in settings that highlight the best of Chattanooga.

For more information on this and all Writers@Work events, contact Erica Lux in the Chattanooga State Humanities Department at:
 WritersAtWork@ChattanoogaState.edu or (423) 697-3233.

George Singleton is a Southern author who has written five collections of short stories, a novel called Novel, and a book of writing advice. He was born in Anaheim, Calif., and raised in Greenwood, S.C. He graduated from Furman University in 1980 with a degree in Philosophy. He also holds an MFA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

His stories have also appeared in magazines, including The Atlantic MonthlyHarper’s MagazinePlayboyZoetropeThe Southern ReviewThe Georgia ReviewShenandoah and others. He’s had work anthologized in nine editions of New Stories from the South, plus Writers Harvest 2A Dixie ChristmasThey Write Among Us20 Over 40Must Be This Tall to RideLove Is a Four-Letter Word, and Behind the Short Story: from First to Final Draft. His nonfiction has appeared in the Oxford AmericanBest Food Writing 2005Dog Is My Co-Pilot, and Paste. Mr. Singleton has recently signed a contract with LSU Press for a collection of short stories titled Staff Picks due for release in February, 2019.

Currently, Mr. Singleton teaches fiction writing and editing at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. In 2009, he was a Guggenheim Fellow, and in 2011 he was awarded the Hillsdale Award for Fiction by The Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Mr. Singleton’s short story collection, Half-Mammals of Dixie, is set in or near the fictional backwater town of Forty-Five, S.C. and these stories take on everything from racism to alcoholism as well as all the quirkiness that the South can offer.


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