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The Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Awards

Betsy W. Teter

2017 Individual Award

Betsy TeterBetsy Teter co-founded the Hub City Writers Project in 1995 to give her community a literary identity. Under Teter’s watch, Hub City Writers Project and Hub City Press have published 80 titles, hundreds of writers, awarded $28,000 in scholarships to emerging writers in SC, sold 150,000 books across the nation and won the S.C. Governor’s Award for the Humanities and 14 Independent Publisher Awards. Writers across the country submit their work to Hub City Press, not just because of its award-winning reputation, but also because of Teter’s unmatched dedication to authors published by Hub City. In 2010, Teter realized her vision for a revolutionary independent bookstore and opened Hub City Bookshop. Proceeds from book sales fund creative writing education and independent book publishing – a new concept that is now being copied around the country. Teter has cultivated strong partnerships between Hub City and local and state organizations and successfully pursues grants to support Hub City and the literary arts. Wake Forest Magazine declared her “the literary maven who sparked a celebrated movement to nurture writers and cultivate readers.” Teter’s leadership goes beyond promoting the literary arts. She was the founding director of HUB-BUB, which sponsors music, film, art, theatre, and other programs in downtown Spartanburg and operates an artist-in-residence program. In addition, she spearheaded the installation of public art, an environmental arts festival, and concerts, and she was the driving force behind the Spartanburg Music Trail. The Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce named her the “2016 Tourism Person of the Year.” Teter will go down in the state’s arts history as a visionary, a leader and a passionate nurturer of South Carolina’s readers and writers.


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