Hub City Writers Project
The Hub City Writers Project is a nonprofit organization in Spartanburg, South Carolina, dedicated to cultivating readers and nurturing writers through its independent small press, community bookstore, and diverse literary programming. The independent press publishes books of literature and culture with an emphasis on the southern experience by new and established authors. Now in its fifteenth year, Hub City is the winner of four IPPY awards from Independent Publisher magazine; the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award for contribution to the arts in South Carolina; and the South Carolina Governor’s Award for the Humanities.
In addition to sponsoring creative writing workshops, readings, and contests in its hometown of Spartanburg, Hub City Press publishes five to eight books a year, including the winner of the South Carolina First Novel Prize.
In June 2010 the non-profit organization opened the Hub City Bookshop, an independent bookstore at 186 West Main Street in Spartanburg SC on the ground floor of the Masonic Temple (built 1928). The store specializes in new releases, regional books, children's books and Hub City Press titles.
In May 1995 a trio of writers began to talk in a Spartanburg coffeehouse about how they could help preserve a sense of place in their rapidly changing Southern city. What their community needed, they said, was a literary identity. Modeling their organization after the Depression-era Federal Writers Project, they marshaled the talents of writers across South Carolina to create a series of books characterized by a strong sense of place. They chose the name Hub City Writers Project because it both invoked Spartanburg's past as a 19th-century railroad center and challenged them to make their hometown a center for literary arts.
Hub City was shepherded in its early days by Wofford College poet John Lane, journalists Betsy Teter and Gary Henderson, and photographer/graphic designer Mark Olencki; gradually the organization broadened its scope by publishing nearly 250 South Carolina writers, creating a 15-member board of directors, and attracting the financial support of hundreds of South Carolina residents and businesses.
Books and Authors
The Hub City publication list includes works by such writers as Rosa Shand, George Singleton, Ron Rash, Peter Cooper, David Carlton, G.C. Waldrep, Meg Barnhouse, John Lane, Kirk H. Neely, Marshall Chapman, Ray McManus, and South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Heath Wentworth. Editors of Hub City anthologies include The Atlantic senior editor C. Michael Curtis, Kwame Dawes and Janette Turner Hospital.
- Hub City Writers Project home page
- Hub City Press
- Lane, John, "Still under the Influence: The Bioregional Origins of the Hub City Writers Project", Southern Spaces, 28 February 2012.