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I never read enough as a kid. I don’t write enough now. But I play with words, chew on them over breakfast and sometimes lunch, read them in the bathtub, publish them in magazines, finagle them into essays and occasionally poems and if I’m really lucky and renegade, maybe a story. And I love Charleston. So this blog is my ode to writing, writers and the written word in this poetic old port city. Straight up bio stuff: Stephanie Hunt is a contributing editor for Charleston Magazine, long-time lead contributor to Skirt! magazine, senior editor for the national online journal Literary Mama, and a marketing copywriter/editor/wordsmith/creative spark for various and sundry companies and nonprofits. I’d love to hear your ideas for future posts and/or coverage of literary happenings at stephanie@stephaniehuntwrites.com.

Stephanie Hunt's Blog Posts


Art is meditation, and vice versa, for artist John Duckworth. In his riveting show Awake, he implores viewers to do much more than "view." Do yourself a favor: show up.

Fiasco. Debacle. Travesty. Clusterf*&^k. You name it. But yesterday's firing certainly was no "trick or treat."

Just in time for Halloween, AND the frightening onslaught of holiday shopping, Grady Hendrix serves up a cleverly terrifying tale.

While late night imbibers get the crackdown, Charleston vies for another national win. It's the Chucktown vs Nashvegas smackdown in Food & Wine's online poll. Drink up and vote!

The Gibbes Museum and Society 1858 announce their latest $10K prize winner—weaving evocative hair extensions into questions of race, history, culture, and the fiber arts.

Need some half-time inspiration during this afternoon's game? TEDxCharleston scores TWO goals in recent weeks as Editor's Picks for national TED talks. Check 'em out.

The Halsey's 30th Anniversary show opens tonight, and it's better than all the hype. Shepard Fairey delivers power, glory, and plenty of suberversive celebrity, thanks to the Halsey's real superstar.

Warning local art fans and collectors, your favorite secret stash of incredible talent at unbeatable prices is not a secret anymore. The Charleston Artist Collective is bringing art to the masses.

If revoltingly uncharming playboys and girls in T-Rav's circle have all that disposable cash fueling their shenanigans, how can the Lowcountry's good guys/gals get some? SCANPO is about to tell us….

For all of you gathering over the holidays in the absence of loved ones afar and passed on, but in the presence of new family—chosen family—here's a heartfelt reminder of why that matters plenty...

Why The Little Match Girl at the Rose Maree Myers Theater was this year's holiday ticket, with its wintry score by Laura Ball. Plus! video of the most rousing Nutcracker finale in history...

How a surprise parade—complete with the Burke High School Marching Band—blew the heat and BA HUMBUG off my Friday. Here's what went down on Calhoun...

What happens when a thousand-some librarians and a thousand-some rabid YA fans converge in the Holy City in the same week? Could get pretty crazy... The lowdown on Charleston's weekend book surge

Taking the long road home, through Majorca's stoney countryside, gives wise and simple insights for rocky times (like that disorder's the sideshow—the amazing truth's that so many things DO work out)

I can pray to the gods of the First Day of School, the gods of the quad... but I know where to find our very best lesson plans, and ain't nobody getting a hall pass

Tax-free shopping can exact a heavy tariff. This weekend, save yourself the headache and hassle, and invest in some real school supplies... BOOKS! And loads of 'em, for SC's poorest school districts

On the heels of summer camp and post-holiday doldrums, I'm going to take my cue from Pooh and welcome summer's season with glorious do-nothing productivity... here's to more doodling, less doing

What to do on (another!) soggy day? Head to the Halsey for Spoleto's last splash, where hundreds of books, mags, & catalogues have been sculpted, sawed, stacked, whacked, carved, glued... transformed

Confetti, Copland, and Kafig set Spoleto wheels in motion, the bells of St. Michael's peeling in sync to hip-hop music... surely a first? The late Ted Stern no doubt break-dancing in his grave...

10, 18, 8, 12, 2 (my numbers)—do not add up to $590.9 million. I'm not the mystery winner in Zephyrhills, but there is another game in which I have definitely struck it rich. It's called life.

I didn't do it to burn calories, reduce my carbon footprint, or save a few bucks on gas. So why DID I join the other Charleston Movers and bike commuters this morning? I'll tell you why...

I'll tell you who I'd give it to, and why his work in one North Chuck neighborhood is remarkable. That "A-HA!" moment, plus how TEDxCharleston is rocking the house at PURE Theatre today

Spectacle or Spectacular? Who won in this tale of two events, two options, one city, one district, one hope?

With techie wunderkinds roving around, there's much to DIG into and celebrate about this weekend. But today reminds us that there're a few things that ain't so progressive going on in town, too...

In this week's flurry of fashion-filled posts, one especially stood out. Take a read to learn a lesson in style--in both the posing variety, and the prose

Eudora Welty, JK Rowling, and Oscar Wilde turn heads at Fashion Week—well, kind of. Here's to stylish prose guiding striking poses, plus bold statements, good composition, and wise editing all around

Musing on conclaves and rising smoke, metaphysics and physics, with insight from two of Charleston's keenest minds: Stephen Colbert and John Keller. Plus, global career advice for all you CofC-ers

The Wine & Food Festival isn't the only place to get your fill. Digest challenging concepts, dream a little, feed your mind with a live streaming of TED at the Charleston County Library TODAY

And unless you live in the Dark Ages, you are too. Men, women, girls, bystanders... let's gather this evening and do what feminists do best—celebrate each other! See you TONIGHT, 5:30 at the Halsey

If you've got a thing for words, if you're hot for font and a fool for the mesmerizing voluptuousness of phrases writ large and draped about, get thee to the Halsey for Leslie Dill's Poetic Visions

A new spot for writers of all walks (and a video of Bill Murray at Manhattan's Poets House) to nudge you down that path of literary... something. Poetry, fiction, a few minutes with pen and paper

This one speaks for itself today—the one-week anniversary of the Newtown tragedy. We're grieving and mourning those children lost, yet still celebrating this season and the story of The Child

When words are inadequate and the ache is deep, amidst prayers for peace and sanity and gun control and more sanity, some Kiwi kids offer this... to help celebrate the season of the child

What's a tree-lighting ceremony without a...giraffe? You thought I was going to say Santa. This weekend's bungled wild animal appearance in Marion Square was a waste of taxpayer dollars, and confusing

All a writer needs is a pen and pad... A dog pen and four padded hoofs, that is. Lowcountry authors go fetch some puppy love at tonight's book release (bow-WOW) to benefit Charleston Animal Society

Soon, I may be able to stomach snow globes and Bing Crosby, but I'd love to wrap up my August to-do list first. Let's get started anyway... with a little flour and fluff for your Thanksgiving table

The hottest new genre in literature invades Charleston tomorrow. Amp up your adolescence and come check out the stellar line up, including 25 NY Times best-selling authors

See Andre Dubus III, the bestselling author of House of Sand and Fog, TONIGHT as part of Ashley Hall's Visiting Writers Series (ATTN aspiring writers: you'll want to read this...)

This week, after the confetti had settled from our big, bad, best-in-the-world Conde Nast nod, she had wise words for us all about what makes our old Southern city a choice place to live

Rock-n-rollers may be at Blackbaud Stadium this Saturday, but the truly hip will be at the Southeast Zine Fest. Here's why...

To our tourism cheerleaders at Conde Nast and readers the world over: thanks for the nod. Here's a resident's-perspective rundown of what makes our little big town tops

Fearless Felix proves to be one hell of a weekend warrior. But I believe his 24-mile free fall tells us more about what it means to be grounded than about zooming through space.

It's that time again—That BIG Book Sale starts today. Here's a good argument for why I shouldn't go, with plenty of William Baldwin-meets-Laurie Colwin reasons why I will

Barbara Hagerty's new book of poetry "Motherfish," and other lessons on casting the creative net and reelin it in, as learned in the class I'm currently taking: Life

Looking for that elusive creative muse? This writer muses on pantry moths, creativity and a little Monte Python

Who says writing has to be lonely? The Sophia Institute's retreat this weekend seeks to highlight the communal aspect of the craft... and why we could all use a little shared inspiration

Some of us live to eat, some of us write to eat, some of us live to write. If you're somewhere in the mix, take a break from 3 for $30 menu offerings and indulge at this weekend's writers' retreat

Amidst the driving rain, this one got right to the heart of our creative spirits. Add in the brilliant poem by local 8th grader Nina Howard, and receiving this post was simply an honor...

This Labor Day weekend, radically open your heart and mind to an inclusive, just way of being in the world. Lectures from poet, writer, revolutionary bell hooks start today

I long for school to be more hurricane-like, for the atmospheric conditions of public education to be ripe for downpours of creativity (like this swirling poem from an 8th grader at Moultrie Middle)

The world's first comic book cookbook debuts today, thanks to Charleston native Grady Hendrix and his wife, the vegetable whisperer, Amanda Cohen

Nora Zelevansky dispells myths about writing, publishing, and first-timer's luck. Come meet the charming author of Semi-Charmed Life... TONIGHT!

From here to there and back again, summer has us on the move. An OBX excursion, a New York Times essay, and Charleston's Vikki Matsis on the nuances of travel

Move over Michael Phelps... our favorite Olympian is Charleston sports writer Gary Smith. He sat down with "Word on the Street" to talk memorable moments, good stories, and a little table tennis

When words fail, let the music play. This Saturday's Marley Lion Music Festival will bring together our community to remember, celebrate, laugh, cry, and heal following the tragedy in our own backyard

Haley's veto was stomped. Guess we showed her....or will we? Let’s not let our local arts community die by our neglect

Dear Nikki Haley, your proposal to cut all SC arts funding is f@#$ing brilliant. Might as well drain the Charleston harbor while you're at it

With help from a well-worth-a-second-read quote from the late Nora Ephron, Stephanie's "Read On" post reminds us to unplug every now and then—to swap out our computer screens for nature or a nice book

Steep, curvy roads. Cool mountain rivers. The bliss of books. Mulling on vacation, with thanks to the late Nora Ephron

Stodgy, musty and studiously serious? Not today's Library Society as the South Carolina native rocks the Piccolo Literary Festival finale

Finally the sun is out, and last night—as it slipped behind the Dock Street Theatre—we celebrated the golden hour with the Lowcountry’s best poetry reader, reading her own work

Craving stillness and focus in the artsy chaos of Spoleto? Take cover under this inspired artist's tent

Summer's bearing down, surf's beefin up. Time to catch the reading wave with surf sensation Kai Dilling

It's National Bike to Work Day....but hey, so is everyday when you're a bike writer....

Max's beloved, brilliant creator goes head to head with our own King of the Wild Things, Stephen Colbert, in this "duel of eyebrows" interview segment

Head over to the South Carolina Aquarium Monday evening for a trifecta: see the new lemur exhibit, support sea turtle rehab and treat yourself to Mary Alice Monroe's new book, Beach House Memories

Bookish voyeurism on the New York City subways lets us read others' reading lives, and inspire our own. Could there be a Lowcountry equivalent?

The artist reconfigures landscapes, reads good stuff, and will blow you away at Friday's Art Walk. Get to know her, and her bookshelf, before you mingle with her on Broad

It's Friday, time to take a break from the bleak War on Women, and dip into some good stories for a change. Lowcountry author Lisa Rentz has just the TGIF freebie you've been waiting for

Dish with author Katie Crouch on Friday at Blue Bicycle Books. Bonus? A short and sweet poem for your Tuesday....

In honor of National Library Week, and of our local Superheros—the fabulous, under-celebrated, always-resourceful librarians—our first "Meet your Librarian" profile, starring Jennifer Hawes

Grab a poem, or a dozen, go ahead~crack it open. Scramble it up. Read the words over and over again, over easy. Hatch something poetic in National Poetry Month and National Library Week.

Get your muse on, amidst the Bridge Run masses!

Because you never really know someone until you know what's on their bedside table... reading wise, that is

A poem offers the perfect antidote when there's too much to do on a Charleston spring weekend

The hazards of idolatry become apparent when a writer fumbles for words when interviewing one of her favorite writers

Sometimes the Muse needs a refresher course—an Outward Bound to sharpen creative survival skills, a high ropes course for writers/artists who need a little endorphin spike....

Celebrating Charleston's prose, poetry and wordy people


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