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PS18 Piccolo Fiction



Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
Charleston, SC 29403




The festival's longest-running event exclusively devoted to fiction, the Piccolo Fiction Spotlight presents local and South Carolina authors reading brief short stories. This year’s reading will be in the historic Charleston Music Hall, and, following tradition, each story will begin with the words "I ducked into the alley..."

Since 2000, Piccolo Fiction has featured dozens of S.C. writers, with stories broadcast by S.C. Public Radio and published in the Charleston City Paper.

Featured authors:

Susan Rivers is the author of The Second Mrs. Hockaday (Algonquin) a People Magazine Best New Books Pick of 2017. She began her writing career as a playwright and was the winner of the Julie Harris Playwriting Award and the New York Drama League Award. She has served as an NEA Writer-in-Residence in San Francisco. She has an MFA from Queens University and lives with her husband in the upstate.

Susan DeFreitas is the author of the novel Hot Season (Harvard Square Editions), which won the 2017 Gold IPPY Award for Best Fiction of the Mountain West. Her creative work has appeared in dozens of publications, including the Utne Reader and Story. A first-generation American of Caribbean descent, she holds an MFA from Pacific University and splits her time between Charleston and Portland.

Alex Eaker is an MFA candidate in creative writing at the College of Charleston, where he also earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English and Communication. Although he was raised in Connecticut, he likes to call Charleston his home now. He's had works published in Cleaver Magazine and SmokeLong Quarterly.

J.C. Sasser started her professional career at age 12, working as a dishwasher, waitress, and cook at a truck stop on I-16. She went on to work as a Senate page, water-polo coach, marine biologist, and 6-Sigma Black Belt, among many other jobs. The author of Gradle Bird (Koehler Books), she lives in an old barn on Edisto Island with her husband and two sons.
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