Friday, January 25, 2008

Charles Blackburn, Jr. and When Cousins Marry

Last night, St. Andrews hosted the twenty-eighth anual Sam Ragan Fine Arts Awards. This year's winner for literature was Charles Blackburn, Jr.

From left to right: Ron Bayes, musician Barbara L. Geer, President Paul Baldasare, sculptor and designer Thomas Sayre, and fictionist Charles Blackburn, Jr.

Charles grew up in Henderson, N.C. and graduated with a degree in English from Barton College in 1974. A three time winner of the Crucible’s annual fiction writing contest, Blackburn served as President of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, chaired the North Carolina Writers’ Conference in 1998 and was the 1997-1998 North Carolina Artist Grant Award Recipient. He is a contributing editor to Pembroke Magazine and a frequent contributor to Our State Magazine.

Literary Rockstar

He was invited to read at the Writers' Forum after the award ceremony, and he brought along his band, When Cousins Marry. They played a few standards as well as some original songs from their new CD, Shotgun Wedding, which is available for sale on their website for only $13.

The result was a great mix of literature and music, which you can listen to on the web or by subscribing to our podcast.

See you next week!

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