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Our Mission:

The Poetry Society of South Carolina strives to support member poets both amateur and professional through innovative programming and a time-honored catalogue of events.  We seek to maintain a high profile for poetry within all South Carolina communities and beyond, and to provide various opportunities for the art form to be enjoyed.  The Society supports American poetics by making space for creatives whose vision represents the entire spectrum of ingenuity from classic to entirely new forms. 

Our Vision:

Every Corner, Every County

Requiem for Past Poets:
Honoring the First 100
Years

 
Building the Next 100 Years
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Walter Edgar Interview with Former President, Jim Lundy

Cover of The History of the Poetry Society of South Carolina, 1920-2021, by James Lundy, Jr.

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Logo for South Carolina Humanities, a supporter of the Poetry Society

Poetry Society of SC readings and workshops are supported by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging, and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, culture, and heritage.

Upcoming Events

  • Angelo Geter with  Miho Kinnas
    Angelo Geter with  Miho Kinnas
    Fri, Mar 08
    Charleston Library Society
    Mar 08, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Mar 08, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Angelo Geter is the author of More God than Dead (Muddy Ford Press, 2022). He received a BA in Political Science from Winthrop University and a MS in Higher Education from Drexel University. Please see "About the Event" for more information. Zoom link provided in About the Event.
  • Seminar/Workshop with Angelo Geter
    Seminar/Workshop with Angelo Geter
    Sat, Mar 09
    Charleston Library Society
    Mar 09, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Mar 09, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Sticks & Stones: Turning Grief Into Verse The saying "sticks & stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" is a phrase that has been used for countless years to illustrate the idea that words don't hurt. However, we all know that words have a large impact. The key is how we use them.
  • Tarfia Faizalluh with  Elizabeth Robin
    Tarfia Faizalluh with  Elizabeth Robin
    Fri, Apr 12
    Location is TBD
    Apr 12, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
    Location is TBD
    Apr 12, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
    Location is TBD
    Tarfia Faizullah was born in Brooklyn, New York to Bangladeshi immigrants, and raised in Texas. She is the author of two poetry collections, Registers of Illuminated Villages (Graywolf, 2018) and Seam (SIU, 2014). Please see "About the Event" for more information.
  • May Forum with John Hoppenthaler
    May Forum with John Hoppenthaler
    Fri, May 10
    Charleston Library Society
    May 10, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    May 10, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    The Forum is the last meeting of the calendar year, and as such includes a little business. The board for the upcoming 2024-2025 calendar year is elected. Our special guest poet is John Hoppenthaler, who will read for us and serve as forum moderator.
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All of our 2023 program readings are now featured at our YouTube site. Please visit and enjoy!

Watch some of the prior years' readings below, and enjoy other mentions in the press.

Contests - Submissions For Spring & Fall Writing Contests 

PSSC has two rounds of poetry contests each academic year, Fall and Spring.

Prize-winning poems are published on this website and in the Poetry Society of South Carolina Yearbook, published annually since 1922 and now distributed to libraries of SC schools and universities, as well as to the membership.

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Yvette Murray, Board Member, Poetry Society

Yvette Murray

Board Member, PSSC

Yvette has won the Susan Laughter Meyers Summer Scholarship for 2022! Photo credit to Bill Griffin. Read more here.

"I love what syntax can do in a poem, its ability to indicate not just sequence but also hierarchy and relationships, its role in manipulating the rhythm and pacing. Syntax is truly like a conductor leading an orchestra."

Susan Laughter Meyers

Press For The History of the Poetry Society of South Carolina

On its 100th birthday, Poetry Society of South Carolina gets a romp of a read
(link behind paywall)

 By Mara Hogan, Post & Courier, October 21, 2021

Years in the making, the full history of the country's oldest state poetry society is now available in softcover. Purchase a PSSC Softcover Edition here.

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