Wednesdays@Lit — our ongoing literary series — returns to Charlotte Lit’s Studio Two for in-person events. Join us for select Wednesday nights from 6:00 – 7:30 pm for discussions, readings, and camaraderie.
FREE and open to the public. Proof of COVID vaccination is required for all in person events.
COVID UPDATE: We are closely watching CDC guidance on the Delta variant. Should the situation make it necessary, we’re prepared to shift classes to Zoom format. We will directly communicate any programming changes to registered participants as quickly as possible. At this point, we expect to hold scheduled in-person classes in the Charlotte Lit studios. In-person classes and events require proof of COVID vaccination in advance. After registering, please email a photo of your vaccination card to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 Schedule
October 20: Beth Gilstrap: Southern Gothic Storytelling
Charlotte Lit welcomes former Charlottean (and long-time Charlotte Lit member) Beth Gilstrap, author of Deadheading and Other Stories, winner of the Red Hen Press Women’s Prose Award. Beth will discuss the conventions of Southern gothic storytelling, how they influenced her short fiction, and ultimately, her view of the world. Beth will talk about her own struggles with mental illness, the claustrophobic notions of traditional Southern femininity, it’s inextricable link with toxic masculinity, and how she always felt like an outsider in her own skin growing up in Charlotte and the surrounding area during the 80s and 90s. Ultimately, she’ll try to explain how reading these stories helped her feel less alone.
About the book: Irrevocably tied to the Carolinas, these stories tell tales of the woebegone, their obsessions with decay, and the haunting ache of the region itself—the land of the dwindling pines, the isolation inherent in the mountains and foothills, and the loneliness of boomtowns. Predominantly working-class women challenge the status quo by rejecting any lingering expectations or romantic notions of Southern femininity. Small businesses are failing. Factories are closing. Money is tight. The threat of violence lingers for women and girls. Through their collective grief, heartache, and unsettling circumstances, many of these characters become feral and hell-bent on survival. Gilstrap’s prose teems with wildness and lyricism, showing the Southern gothic tradition of storytelling is alive and feverishly unwell in the twenty-first century.
“Beth Gilstrap is a grand storyteller, and her lush, endearing Deadheading and Other Stories is a marvel.” —Robert James Russell, author of Mesilla and Sea of Trees
“Beth Gilstrap doesn’t write stories. She creates worlds. Living, breathing, meticulously crafted ecosystems we can walk and breathe in…. These are heartbreaking worlds, but nonetheless beautiful.”—Jared Yates Sexton, author of The Man They Wanted Me to Be
November 10: Joseph Bathanti and Friends: Writing 9/11
A reading and discussion of 9/11 and its aftermath, from Charlotte-area poets who contributed to the new anthology, Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 & Its Aftermath (Press 53), edited by Joseph Bathanti and David Potorti.
Christopher Davis Rebecca McClanahan Gail Peck
Diana Pinckney David Potorti Dannye Romine Powell