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A Colloquium on New Technology
The Media of Publishing: Reading, Writing, and Editing

A Clustering of Events on Literary Publishing

2003's Tech Colloquium, on The Media of Publishing: Reading, Writing, and Editing, is the end of a trilogy that began in 2001, with New Technology and the Future of Publishing, followed in 2002 by The Future of New Technology in the Arts and Humanities. The Media of Publishing also marks the beginning of an alliance between the CEDP's literary journal, The South Carolina Review, and the English Department's poetry and fiction reading series, including the Richard J. Calhoun Distinguished Lecturer, supported annually by SCR's Editor Emeritus and co-founder, Professor Emeritus Richard J. Calhoun. The alliance between CEDP and English has been there since the first colloquium, with help from the South Carolina Humanities Council and the South Carolina Arts Commission (both in support of the reading series and the Art Department's Print Studio Workshops and lectures on artist's book production). But refocusing the alliance began in October 2002 with SCR's first-ever sponsorship of award-winning poet Vivian Shipley, Editor of The Connecticut Review. (See SCR's new "Writers' Nook" page, accessed on the South Carolina Review On-Line Library Web site.

April 9-10, Clyde Edgerton, Richard J. Calhoun Lecturer--
A Reading and Writing Workshop.

Time for the public reading: 7:30 p.m. Place: Vickery Auditorium. Reception following. Workshop the next morning.

Clyde Edgerton was born May 20, 1944, in Durham, North Carolina to parents who were among the first in their families to leave the farms on which they were raised. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a BA in English education in 1966. He later received his MAT and PhD (in Curriculum and Instruction) from the same university. His decision to become a writer did not come until May of 1978, when he heard Eudora Welty read one of her short stories on television. Since then he has published seven novels: Raney, Walking Across Egypt (which was made into a movie starring Ellyn Burstyn in 2000), The Floatplane Notebooks, Killer Diller, In Memory of Junior, Redeye, and Where Trouble Sleeps. Six of these novels are set in Listre, North Carolina, a fictional town based on the North Carolina town of Bethesda where Edgerton was raised. In addition to being a novelist, Edgerton has taught in both high school and college, and he is also sings, plays piano and banjo in The Rank Strangers Band. He is now Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at UNC-Wilmington.

April 10, Melvin Sterne, Tech Colloquium Keynote Speaker--
"On Offense for the Book"

Time for the public events: 1-3:30 p.m. Place: Hardin Hall Auditorium, Clemson University. The focus area meeting took place in Room 230, Hardin Hall, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Sterne was introduced by CEDP Director/CUDP Editor Wayne Chapman, who spoke about "Our Years Transitioning to Recognized UP Status." Sterne's presentation was followed by an hour of on-line project demonstrations, then another hour for interested faculty to meet on the focus area niche Digital Publishing and Media.

Melvin Sterne graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Washington. He is now completing graduate studies in creative writing at the University of California, Davis. He has published several works of fiction and poetry in various journals, including a long short story in The South Carolina Review (Spring 2004). His story "Bread" won the 2001 Frank O'Connor Short Story Award; he has also received several other awards. Melvin Sterne is the founder of the Mild Horse Press and, perhaps more notably, Carve Magazine, which is an exclusively electronic publication with a readership of over 5000 per month. His presentation speaks to issues raised by novelist William Gass on new technology and the future of the book. He will also illustrate some of the features of his journal and press. For more information about Carve Magazine or the Mild Horse Press, visit http://www.carvezine.com/. "On Offense for the Book" was published by Clemson University Digital Press in the essay anthology Literature and Digital Technologies: W. B. Yeats, Virginia Woolf, Mary Shelley, and William Gass, ed. Karen Schiff (2003).

The Future of the Book: The Clemson Experience
By Wayne Chapman

This is a paper Dr. Chapman presented on November 6, 2003 at the 23rd Annual Charleston Conference on Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, "Games People Play," Charleston, SC. The panel, entitled "The Future of the Book: Robust or on Life-support?" was the opening plenary event for this three-day professional/ trade conference. This paper constitutes something of a narrative "bridge" between accounts of CUDP's progress as a publishing house from August 2000 to November 2003.

Abstract: As Editor of The South Carolina Review, one of the nation's top 20 Public College and "Little" literary magazines, according to New York Quarterly almost 25 years ago, I believe universities have prestigious traditions that they will maintain in spite of increasingly difficult times and extraordinary measures that must be taken in the name of the fiscal "bottom line." As the Executive Editor of Clemson University Digital Press--a small, self-supporting academic press for the 21st century--I will speak of the necessity for publishers to change their tactics to ensure the viability of their product in a "niche market." That product may sometimes be a book as we know it, but I will describe as an example the commitment to new media, especially web-based book productions, that will keep alive the new book that is emerging in digital editions and very small print runs on a demand basis. The future of reading will certainly be robust. The production of printed books in academic fields will be continued, primarily by universities themselves, for the dissemination of knowledge that the academy produces. But "life support" in terms of degree of institutional subsidy of that dissemination is already in decline nationally and globally.