Keynote: Coming Home to North Carolina  

ABC Final Cover (2)Hudson tells the story of a Yankee moving south and falling in love with a place and a man — and performs selections from the PEN-Hemingway-honored Accidental Birds of the Carolinasstories inspired by her love of her new adopted home.  

40 minutes
Inquire for fee



New! Southern Neighbors/Different Worlds
Stephanie Powell Watts
& Marjorie Hudson

A PEN/Hemingway reading

In her short story collection, We Are Only Taking What We Need, PEN/Hemingway Finalist Stephanie writes about African American families under stress, religious conversion, and young black women in Randolph County, Raleigh, and Hickory. Marjorie Hudson’s story collection, Accidental Birds of the Carolinas, was a PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention that same year, and it tells tales of newcomers and old-timers in central rural North Carolina, exploring themes of loss, migration, rural life, and religious conversion, in language that has been called “pure as birdsong”(Doris Betts).

The authors perform a joint reading, in a call and response format, sharing scenes from the two books that share a complex moment in the shifting world of the South. The reading will generate discussion about the intersection of rural and small town places, New South and old South cultures, Black families and Northern retirees, captured in their work.

This talk is available starting June 2014. Please contact Hudson for dates and rates:

Adventures with Virginia Dare
and the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island

SFVD Cover - 2013Hudson tells fascinating tales of the fate of the mysterious Lost Colony, weaving new research, pop culture, and her adventures in Rome, London, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
40 minutes
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The Uses and Delights of Mosaic Writing  

Using bits and pieces of lyric line, memoir, fiction, research, travelogue, and other forms, writers can move toward understanding of difficult subjects, making a whole of many disparate parts. With forays into the work of Robin Hemley, David Foster Wallace, Haven Kimmel, and others.

$450 plus travel

  • Add a Creative Nonfiction Writing workshop                                        $350 half day /  $600 full day / $1,000 weekend

He Sold His Poems to Buy His Freedom:
The Fascinating Life and Work of George Moses Horton, Slave Poet
A collaborative poetry performance and lecture 

Hudson tells the story of her discoveries and celebrations of African American history in her community and invites participants to bring Horton’s life and work to life by performing his poems. Script provided. 
$500 plus travel

  • Add a Poetry Writing and Performance workshop:
    $350 half day /  $600 full day / $1,000 weekend

A Concert Reading with Susan Ketchin

Susan KetchinReadings from Accidental Birds of the Carolinas woven with traditional and original songs from writer/musician Susan Ketchin, author of The Christ-Haunted Landscape.

“An extraordinary opportunity to experience life and song of the South through the eyes of two of our deeply treasured artists. Marjorie and Susan illustrate, with humor, vibrant images and the sweet voice of song, experiences we’ve all had but didn’t yet have the words to express.” —Mariah Wheeler, The Joyful Jewel Gallery, Pittsboro, NC

$250 each plus travel expenses, negotiable

Other talks and topics on request. 

Hudson is also available for artist residencies, workshops, and collaborative performances. See the Workshops tab and the  NC Arts Council Artists Directory.

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