SCENE: Southern Writers Reading Series

The Southern Writers Reading Series continues tonight (1/13) @ Happy Ending Lounge @ 7:30PM. Free open mic begins after featured authors perform.


Evan Burton was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Now he lives and writes in Brooklyn.

Jason Reynolds is graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, where he received a B.A. in English, with a concentration in Literature. While in college, Reynolds performed spoken word all over the east coast, as well as published his first book, a collection of poetry entitled, Let Me Speak. By the time he graduated, he had sold a few thousand copies, as well as produced a second collection, Jacob’s Ladder. After college, he joined forces with artist Jason Griffin, and created SELF, an artistic collaboration of art and poetry. Reynolds also toured the country with Liquid Lounge Tour, and served as a Paul Robeson Artist in Residence at Penn State, where he taught a creative writing class and served on panels with literary icons, Sonia Sanchez and Amiri Baraka. Jason resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Samantha Thornhill travels the globe performing poetry, delivering lectures, and facilitating writing workshops. Both a poet and published author, her performance poem, Little Odetta, inspired by the late folk legend, is forthcoming from Scholastic Press in the form of a picture book. Also, her young adult novel Seventeen Seasons is soon to be published by Penguin Books. Samantha earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia while coaching the VA slam team. In New York City she fulfills her position as poetry professor at the Juilliard School. She also serves as writer in residence at the Bronx Academy of Letters where she teaches creative writing and journalism courses to middle and high school youth.

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