Before explaining the purpose of the Literary Club Cafe Blog, I would like to take a minute to give a brief history of the Literary Club here at the University of South Carolina Union. The Literary Club began in January of 2010, and originated from a conversation that I had with a student, who then took the idea and ran with it. After chartering the club, we then began thinking about the impact that we wanted to have on campus. We decided that we would devote ourselves to helping to increase student appreciation and understanding of literature through various activities and programs. We want students to notice that literature is not just Literature that they study in the classroom, but instead encompasses a wide range of genres and styles, including drama, music, film, and spoken word poetry. Therefore, we want students to realize the joy that can come from reading, while also realizing its importance in their academic careers.
In April of 2010, we hosted the Nickel Shakespeare Girls from Raleigh, NC, who performed “The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet: Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits.” The duo allowed students to see a different side of Shakespeare than the one they are typically presented in some high school and college classrooms. Then, in November of the same year, we sponsored a spoken word poetry event with the Unifyed Sol Poets, who also inspired students through their ability to artfully combine hip hop melody with poetic verses. Those two events, along with the Upcountry Literary Festival and the publication of Spillage: USC Union’s Journal of Arts and Letters, have allowed the literary club to branch out in ways that reach beyond the USC Union campus. The Upcountry Literary Festival invites authors from all over the South East region to read their work to audiences of students, faculty/staff, and community members. We also reach out to surrounding communities, asking them to visit our campus and participate in our activities during those two days.
This blog will be a way for the Literary Club to connect with students, faculty/staff, and the surrounding communities about what we are up to here on the USC Union campus. We will also use this blog as a way to highlight some of the students who have submitted poems, short stories, photographs, song lyrics, and paintings to Volume I of Spillage. So, on behalf of the Literary Club here at USC Union, we welcome you to the Literary Club Cafe, and look forward to sharing our future projects with you, as well as hearing feedback and ideas that will allow us to meet the needs of students, faculty/staff, and community members.