A new literary journal featuring SC authors debuts today

June 8, 2014 

A new literary arts journal debuts today.

Jasper Magazine, which has been publishing an arts journal for the last few years, is helming Fall Lines — a literary convergence. A debut event is at 4 p.m. at Richland Library main branch on Assembly Street.

The debut issue features poems by Ed Madden and SC Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth, along with essays by Christopher Dickey and Josephine Humphries and Ray McManus.

Two literary prizes will be given at the event: Saluda River Prize for Poetry will be awarded to Mary Hutchins Harris of Daniel Island; the Broad River Prize for Prose will be awarded to Nicola Waldron of Columbia.

“Fall Lines” will be available at Richland Library locations, the USC Press office on Senate Street, the One Columbia office on Taylor Street, Gallery West, Ed’s Editions, Trustus Theatre, If Art, Tapps Arts Center, City Art, 701 Whaley CCA, the SC Arts Commission, and the Jasper Studio in the historic Arcade at 1332 Main Street.

It is published by Muddy Ford Press and will replace the summer issue of Jasper, which is edited by Cindi Boiter, one of the Verner Award winners this year.

Speaking of convergence, June in Columbia is full of opportunities to see talented classical musicians from South Carolina and from around the world.

Today is the last day for the Southern Guitar Festival and Competition. The final performances in the solo and ensembles division in competition at Columbia College are at 1 p.m. Sunday. Also at 1 p.m., a master class will be led by Armenian classical guitarist Gohar Vardanyan.

On Monday, The 30th annual Conductors Institute of South Carolina begins at the University of South Carolina. Students and professionals gather to learn from veteran conductors, with training sessions, evening lectures and interaction with composers.

The public can watch conductors training from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday during the institute.

Beginning Sunday, June 15, the Southeastern Piano Festival begins its annual run with a Piano Extravaganza concert at 4 p.m. featuring artistic director Marina Lomazov, the S.C. Philharmonic, Phillip Bush and Charles Fugo.

The real stars: Five Steinway grand pianos taking center stage at the Koger Center. Two of them will be shipped from New York City for the concert.

The piano festival will continue with concerts at the Columbia Museum of Art, Trinity Cathedral and City Art Gallery. The competition program is Friday, June 20 and the winners’ concert is Saturday, June 21.

Details: www.sepf.music.sc.edu

There’s new construction in Olympia. No, not the giant student housing complex, but a hut-like structure made of jute, bamboo, reed and mulch, and reinforced with rebar.

The hut is 701 Center for Contemporary Art’s first commissioned piece, “Olympia Dialogue,” created by Charleston artist Herb Parker, with help from volunteer assistants during a residency in May.

That piece and other work by Parker and realisst painter Bo Bartlett opens in a new exhibition Thursday at 701 CCA at 701 Whaley St.

A reception is 7-9 p.m.

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