When: Thu., June 2, 7 p.m. 2011
There's a tendency these days to know writers across the continent or the world while the novelist or poet next door remains anonymous. The Hinge Literary Center hopes to remedy this. A new endeavor aimed at connecting local literary communities through classes, events and an online information clearinghouse, the Hinge launches itself with a night of readings and music. Workshop leaders Belle Boggs, whose book of short stories Mattaponi Queen garnered the 2009 Bakeless Prize, Anne Raeff, author of the novel Clara Mondschein's Melancholia, and Jonathan Farmer, poet and editor of the online magazine At Length, will all read from their work. The event will also feature music by The Tropes, as well as a book swap and a contest to win a free class.
Class offerings kick off in mid-June as Boggs and Raeff team-teach a fiction workshop and Farmer runs a poetry workshop. Outsiders Art & Collectibles in Durham will host this first round of classes, but future classes and events will be all around the Triangle. "People who are working on novels will have the experience of getting a really good read on their work from the rest of the participants in their workshop," says Boggs. Registration is open on the Hinge website.
Organizer Ross White modeled the Hinge on Boston's Grub Street center and the low-residency MFA programs at Warren Wilson College in western North Carolina. White knows how difficult it is to balance the necessarily private and public parts of writing. "Both reading and writing are these intensely personal and solitary activities," he says. "We want to pay close attention to the need to connect around those activities because there is an incredible amount of pleasure to be had in discussing the work. You see this in book clubs all the time. I hope that the Hinge will tie together some of those small and thriving communities around the Triangle and broaden their reach." The event begins at 7 p.m. —Chris Vitiello