USC Press restarts poetry book series

The University of South Carolina Press is on a roll. A year after announcing Pat Conroy's role as editor of a new fiction project, Story River Books, and launching its Young Palmetto Books educational series, USC Press now is kick-starting its Palmetto Poetry Series.

South Carolina native and National Book Award winner Nikky Finney is taking the helm as editor of the series, whose first book, "New and Selected Poems" by Marjory Wentworth, was just released.

Finney and a five-member board that includes Kwame Dawes, Terrance Hayes, Charlene Spearen, Ray McManus and Wentworth will solicit and review manuscripts from South Carolina poets.

Local author publishes Southern romance

Kieran Kramer's "Sweet Talk Me," a Southern romance novel, was published last month by St. Martin's Press. It's available for $7.99 as a mass-market paperback or ebook from online retailers.

Kramer is a Summerville resident, a former CIA employee and a one-time English teacher. She grew up in the Lowcountry and has spent the past few years penning romance novels.

"Sweet Talk Me" features a society girl and country singer who meet years after a brief affair and wonder about rekindling their romance.

For more information about Kramer and her books, go to www.kierankramerbooks.com.