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Elise Blackwell Inducted into South Carolina Academy of Authors

English Professor Recognized for Outstanding Writing


The English Department is thrilled to announce the induction of Professor Elise Blackwell into the South Carolina Academy of Authors. This prestigious recognition honors our state’s most eminent writers and the role their literary production plays in shaping our cultural legacy.

Blackwell is the author of five novels, several pieces of short fiction, and cultural criticism. She said of her installation in the state's literary hall of fame: "It's a particular delight to be adopted back by my adopted state—and an honor to have my name included in such a distinguished list of writers I admire." She also expressed joy at working in a place where artists are appreciated and their production cherished: "One thing I love about South Carolina is how it celebrates its homegrown arts. I admire the way its long, rich literary tradition is expanding to include so many voices and literary styles."

Together with Professor Blackwell, the recipients of this year’s investiture are Walter Edgar, Kathleen Parker, and Starkey Flythe.

Founded at Anderson University in 1986, the South Carolina Academy of Authors selects new inductees every year, and these can be both current writers or rediscovered voices from the past.


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