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Tom Lombardo

BOOK:After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events

PRESENTING:Saturday, 2/28, 12:40 - 1:30 p.m., Richland C

Tom Lombardo is the editor of After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events. He earned a B.S. from Carnegie-Mellon University, an M.S. from Ohio University, and an M.F.A. from Queens University of Charlotte. His poems, essays, criticism, and articles have appeared in journals and magazines in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and India. He was the founding editor-in-chief of WebMD, the world’s most widely used health web site, and he lives in Midtown Atlanta, where he works as a freelance medical editor.


CATEGORIES: Poetry Moderator

Kwame Dawes

PRESENTING:Saturday, 2/28, 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m., Carolina Meeting Room

Kwame Dawes is Distinguished Poet in Residence, Louis Frye Scudder Professor of Liberal Arts and Founder and executive Director of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative. He is the director of the University of South Carolina Arts Institute and the programming director of the Calabash International Literary Festival, which takes place in Jamaica in May of each year. READ MORE

CATEGORIES: Poetry USC's South Carolina Poetry Initiative Chapbook Moderator

Charles Bierbauer

PRESENTING:Turning News into Books: Journalists Share Their Successes: Sunday, 3/1, 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m., Lexington B

Charles Bierbauer became the first dean of the University of South Carolina's College of Mass Communications and Information Studies when it was created in 2002. He came to USC after an award-winning, globe-trotting journalism career. From 1981-2001, Bierbauer was a correspondent for CNN in Washington. For nine years, he covered the Reagan and Bush administrations as CNN’s senior White House correspondent. He joined CNN as its Pentagon correspondent, covered five presidential campaigns from 1984-2000, and spent five terms as the network’s Supreme Court correspondent. Dean Bierbauer is married to Susanne Schafer, formerly the Pentagon correspondent for the Associated Press. He has four children and six grandchildren. READ MORE


Bob Wislinski

PRESENTING:Music & Writing: Sunday, 3/1, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Ballroom

Bob Wislinski is the former Associate Director of the Columbia Museum of Art. He worked there for 13 years, and was instrumental in the successful move/capital campaign which led to the art museum’s establishment on Main Street. Since leaving the Museum 12 years ago, Bob is principal for his company WizWorks, LLC, a fund-raising and grass roots development practice here in Columbia.

Bob will moderate the Music & Writing panel.


CATEGORIES: Songwriting Moderator