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First Draft

Scuppernong Books
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FIRST DRAFT is a curated open mic-style event that brings local writers together from different career stages to read works-in-progress. From published authors to emerging high school voices, First Draft encourages community building and mentorship as part of the writing process. Each writer gets seven minutes.

All genres, bodies, and identities are welcomed. (Shout out to Michael Thomas for designing the First Draft look).

Readers for April 9th's First Draft:

Lauren Fitch |
Lauren is part High Point University student, part writer, and part manic pixie dream girl. Her writing focuses mostly on women and their relationships to each other. In her spare time you can find her torturing herself studying Huysmans and Sartre, petting any cat in the vicinity, or writing with her friends. Lauren is an intern for SBR Media Literary Agency, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and has been published in Baltimore Style magazine and Baltimore's Child Magazine. She is currently writing her first novel. She writes all about writing on her blog at www.laurenfitchwriting.com.

Kate Kehoe |
Kate is a writer and teacher in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Bayou Magazine,the Appalachian Journal, and elsewhere.She received her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she currently works as lecturer teaching English and poetry.

Ashley Lumpkin |
Ashley is a Georgia-raised, Carolina-based writer, editor, actor, and educator. In March 2018, Ashley placed 6th at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Dallas, confirming her status as one of the best female-identified spoken word poets in America. Visit https://www.lumplestiltzken.com/ to learn more.

Michael Thomas |
Michael is a writer and humorist in the Creative Writing program at A&T University. He is sometimes spotted at Scuppernong Books pulling latte shots. He owns a particularly amazing pair of vintage boots and once designed a sock puppet name Maya.

Deonna Kelli Sayed |
Deonna is an internationally published author, a TEDx speaker, a ghost hunter, and an interfaith instigator. Visit www.deonnaiswriting.com to learn more.