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Fall Semester 2020

The Sowell Collection Conference has been held in Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library since 2012.  Sadly, we realize that it is unlikely that we can host a conference on campus this fall semester.  Because we want to stay in touch with our community, writers, students and faculty here and across the country, to maintain connections and to continue conversations, the Sowell Collection will be hosting a series of virtual readings and discussions.  This fall we are hosting three writers:  Debra Gwartney, J. Drew Lanham, and Howard Norman.


Howard Norman
I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place
Tuesday, Sept. 22 - 7 p.m.

Howard Norman is author of over a dozen books, two-time finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, and a former faculty member of University of Maryland-College Park.

Debra Gwartney
I Am a Stranger Here Myself
Tuesday, Oct. 20 - 7 p.m.

Writer, editor and teacher Debra Gwartney, author of two award-winning memoirs and teaches in the MFA Program at Pacific University.

J. Drew Lanham
The Home Place
Tuesday, Nov. 17 - 7 p.m.

J. Drew Lanham, award-winning author of memoir, poetry, and numerous scientific articles, Master Teacher and Certified Wildlife Biologist, and the Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University.

The Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World is a valuable resource for students, faculty and researchers. We hope that our virtual gatherings will be a new way for educators, students, and writers to meet and exchange ideas. Community, and all that that word entails, is a founding principle of our collection.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Diane Warner ( and Kristin Loyd (
Register for each event by e-mailing Sowell Readings (