Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina is proud to celebrate literature and reading with the annual Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival. Free and open to the public, the festival is held every fall on the beautiful campus of Francis Marion University.

Panel discussions, readings, and book signings take place at Lowrimore Auditorium and evening receptions are held at The Cottage. Books by the featured authors will be available for purchase at the festival. Lowrimore Auditorium and The Cottage are wheelchair accessible.

You can find a complete schedule of events as well as more information about this year’s featured writers in the drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the screen.

Featured Authors in Fall 2024:

Jamila Minnicks, Franny Choi,

Santiago García, and Jo Angela Edwins


The first Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival was held in 2006 with the generous support of Francis Marion University President Luther F. Carter. Since then, Francis Marion University is proud to have welcomed many award-winning writers including Ada Limón, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Tayari Jones, Grady Hendrix, Benjamin Percy, Gregory Pardlo, Dorothy Allison, Tobias Wolff, Dorianne Laux, Naomi Shihab-Nye, Ross Gay, Emily St. John Mandel, Kay Ryan, Nikky Finney, Jane Yolen, Tracy K. Smith, Li-Young Lee, Daniel Woodrell, and Terrance Hayes.