First Draft on a First Friday

First Draft on a First Friday

 

First Draft is set for Friday, October 5th!  Greensboro Bound invites you to drop by Scuppernong Books at 7 pm for a curated and joyful open mic.
What is First Draft? 
First Draft is a Curated Open Mic. Selected readers, published and not-yet-published, have eight minutes to share works-in-progress.  Audience members can put their name in the First Draft Goblet for an opportunity for 5 minutes at the mic. All genres, all identities, all bodies are welcome. First Draft celebrates imperfect works-in-progress. First Draft celebrates literary community and aims to bring diverse writers together in the same room.  This space is a judgment free zone. 
 
What is a “Curated Open Mic”? 
Curated Open Mic means some readers are pre-selected to read — but there’s space for audience participation at the mic, as well. Greensboro Bound desires to honor writers at all stages of their careers. We hope to bring writers into the the same room who might not otherwise have a chance to connect, and this happens by curating writers from different backgrounds and publishing experience.For more information, email greensborobound@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. First Draft is moderated by award-winning spoken word poet, Ashley Lumpkin.

THE READERS

Jason Herndon is a writer of speculative fiction, usually fantasy. He has started a fantasy series, two novels, a novella, and seven short stories. He has finished none of them. A psychologist by day and Black Lightning by night, you can usually find him in Scuppernong Books on Saturday afternoons for Come Write In. Originally from Texas, he now resides in Greensboro, NC with his wife and dog. He is happy to nerd out with you about any number of topics.

 

Alice Lesperance is writer and editor covering pop culture, politics. You can read her writing in Scalawag Magazine, CharlotteMagazine, The Atlantic, and on Autostraddle, Electric Literature, Catapult and more internet places. She is the founder and editor of Shakespeare and Punk, where she’s always on the hunt for sharp cultural criticism with a personal essay slant. Learn more about her here.

Brian Lampkin is a co-owner of Scuppernong Books and part of the band, The Difficulties. He contributes a bookish column to O. Henry magazine. Brian’s book is forthcoming (Spring 2019) from Scuppernong Editions.  He enjoys llama sweaters and anarchist poetry. 

 

PRI Correspondent Patrick Winn is Greensboro Bound

PRI Correspondent Patrick Winn is Greensboro Bound

In Hello Shadowlands: Inside the Meth Fiefdoms, Rebel Hideouts and Bomb-Scarred Towns of Southeast Asia, Patrick Winn creates a portrait of Southeast Asia through the lens of organized crime — a world of narco-barons, vigilantes, motorbike bandits and others caught up in a mad scramble for cash. Organized crime is entering a golden age in Southeast Asia. Though steadily ignored by Western media — which prefers to fixate on Mexican cartels or Sicilian mafia — this sector is exploding. By 2025, the region’s black markets will generate $375 billion per year, more than many Asian nations’ legit economies. Winn will talk about his book and the international drug economy as part of Greensboro Bound’s This Is Your Country on Drugs series.

Patrick Winn is an award-winning investigative journalist who covers crime and black markets in Southeast Asia. He enters the worlds of guerrillas and vigilantes to mine stories that might otherwise go ignored. Winn has received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award (also known as the ‘poor man’s Pulitzer’) and a National Press Club award. He’s also a two-time winner of Amnesty International’s Human Rights Press Awards among other prizes. His writing and short documentaries have been featured on NBC News, the BBC, The Atlantic, NPR and many other outlets. He is a co-creator of the film Hope Frozen, which will screen at international documentary festivals in 2018. Winn has served as a consultant for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on CNN.

The Bookseller says of Hello, Shadowlands: “Not inappropriately billed as Fear and Loathing meets McMafia, this is a compelling expose of Southeast Asia’s criminal underworld, and the dark underbelly of some popular holiday destinations by an award-winning US journalist resident in Thailand…the chapters on Myanmar [are] particularly illuminating.”

Patrick Winn’s appearance is co-sponsored with Scuppernong Books as part of the This Is Your Country on Drugs series, which began in August with Beth Macy’s (Dopesick) appearance and concludes in October with journalist Pam Kelley talking about her book, Money Rock: A Family’s Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South.