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RCPL Literary Residency

Based on the artist-in-residence concept, RCPL’s Literary Residency includes actors, scholars and musicians who develop creative presentations, lectures and workshops for the library. These programs stimulate reading and creative thinking while showcasing the library’s outstanding collections and services.

Each year, more than 50,000 children and adults attend free programs at the library, feeding their minds and stretching their imaginations.

RCPL’s Literary Residents

Howard Burnham, a scholar, educator, actor and playwright, is an Englishman who has chosen to make Columbia his home. His writings are carefully researched, well written and performed with precision at RCPL locations and throughout the Southeast. He continues to develop his tremendous repertoire of monologues and dramatic readings.

Eboniramm, a jazz vocalist and poet, has performed at RCPL several times and been a part of numerous library programs. The first Poet in Residence for Sumter County, Eboniramm is director of Poetry in Motion, a workshop series promoting the voice of youth within the community. She has performed throughout South Carolina, including the Sumter Opera House and as a featured artist during the South Carolina Independent Film Festival in Charleston.

Clarence Felder, a co-founder of The Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina, has been a leading actor in theatre, film and television in the United States and Canada for more than 40 years. He has an extensive knowledge of world literature and is associated with an exceptionally talented group of actors.

A professor of English at Midlands Technical College, Dr. Glenn James is an excellent lecturer and discussion facilitator who has conducted numerous programs throughout South Carolina. He has taught throughout Europe and the United States.

Carrie Allen McCray, (1913-2008) a well-known author and poet, was a founder of the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop and wrote short stories, poems and essays for many years. She also wrote biographies of her mother and her husband. The recipient of the 2002 Lucy Hampton Bostick Award given by the Friends of RCPL, McCray received numerous honors and awards.

Dr. Rosemary Canfield Reisman, currently an adjunct professor of English at Charleston Southern University, also taught at Louisiana State University for 10 years and at Troy State University for more than 20 years. Dr. Reisman has written numerous essays, annotated bibliographies and critical works on contemporary Southern fiction writers, and she has conducted humanities programs throughout the South.

Chris Weatherford, a co-founder of The Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina, has been a leading lady in theatre, film and television for more than 25 years in New York, Los Angeles and throughout the United States. Weatherford was trained with Brewster Mason of the Royal Shakespeare Company in London, the American Rep Theatre (NYC) and American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco.

In addition to being a dramatist, Ceille Baird Welch is also known for her poetry, short fiction and music. Her plays have been performed throughout South Carolina, Georgia and New York. She received an honorary degree from Lander University for enriching the lives of others.

Although best known in South Carolina as a former host of ETV's Naturescene, Jim Welch has been a television anchor, producer and host for most of his life. Welch has also received an honorary degree from Lander University for enriching the lives of others.