Caroliniana Digital Collections Inspire New Book of Poetry and Prose from South Carolina Authors

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"Found Anew: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the South Caroliniana Library Digital Collections" is an anthology of new poetry and prose from writers with strong ties to the Palmetto State that creatively engages with historical photographs found in the digital collections of the University of South Carolina's South Caroliniana Library.

Editors R. Mac Jones and Ray McManus have recruited an impressive group of poets and fiction writers, including National Book Award–winning poets Terrance Hayes and Nikky Finney (who provides the foreword); their fellow South Carolina Academy of Authors honorees Gilbert Allen, John Lane, Bret Lott, George Singleton, and Marjory Wentworth; Lillian Smith Award–winner Pam Durban, and others.

Thirty-one pairings of archival images with original creative responses illustrate the breadth and richness of the diverse talents of South Carolina writers. While the digital collections are a much-valued resource for researchers and educators, "Found Anew" encourages a wider use as a source of inspiration for writers and artists inventing narratives set in and about South Carolina.

Jones and McManus will sign copies of the book at the University South Caroliniana Society holiday book signing on Dec. 3, 2015, from 4:30-6:00pm, in the Hollings Library Program Room.