USC Sumter Fall Writer Series Presents Vennie Deas Moore


Vennie Deas Moore

At noon on Wednesday, October 23, Columbia-based writer, cultural historian and photographer Vennie Deas Moore will discuss her work as part of the USC Sumter Fall Writer Series in the Arts and Letters Lecture Hall.

Inspired by great documentary writers and photographers of the 1930s, such as Zora Neale Hurston, Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans, Deas Moore seeks to evoke the stories told in the faces of young twenty-first century South Carolinians. She has contributed to the new essay collection State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, published by the University of South Carolina Press, and she has published numerous articles and books, including Home: Portraits from the Carolina Coast.

A former research specialist in immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina, Deas Moore says she was “bitten by the folk life bug” in Washington, DC, where she had gone in the 1980s to work in cancer research at George Washington University.  After studying American Studies at GWU, she returned to South Carolina as a guest curator at USC’s McKissick Museum and began her career as a folk life writer and photographer.

In addition to Home: Portraits from the Carolina Coast, her books include Scenes from Columbia's Riverbanks: A History of the Waterways; Memories from Home: The Fishermen of the Lowcountry; and the Columbia, South Carolina volume of the Black America history series. 

Deas Moore has also contributed to the Palmetto Portraits Project. This four-year collaborative partnership of MUSC, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston and the South Carolina State Museum documents the lives of the diverse people living and working in various regions of the Palmetto State. Photographs will be on display at MUSC  and reside in the State Museum’s permanent collection. In addition, 175 full-color images are collected in the hardback book Palmetto Portraits Project. More on the project is available here.

Copies of State of the Heart and the Palmetto Portraits book collection will be available for sale and signing after the presentation at USC Sumter. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Mary Ellen Bellanca, Associate Professor of English, (803) 938-3739 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  


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