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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.
Every Corner, Every County
Requiem for Past Poets:
Honoring the First 100
Building the Next 100 Years
Walter Edgar Interview with Former President, Jim Lundy
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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.
- Sat, Dec 09The Living Room (at Jubilee! Circle)Dec 09, 6:00 PMThe Living Room (at Jubilee! Circle), 6729 Two Notch Road, Suite 10, Columbia, SC
- Fri, Feb 23Charleston Library SocietyFeb 23, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PMCharleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USAFeb 23, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PMCharleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USAMaya Marshall is the author of the debut full-length poetry collection All the Blood Involved in Love (Haymarket Books, 2022) and the chapbook Secondhand (Dancing Girl Press, 2016). Please see "About the Event" for more information.
- Fri, Mar 08Charleston Library SocietyMar 08, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PMCharleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USAMar 08, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PMCharleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USAAngelo 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.
- Fri, Apr 12Location is TBDApr 12, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDTLocation is TBDApr 12, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDTLocation is TBDTarfia 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.
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.
"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
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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.
The Poetry Society of South Carolina
P.O. Box 1090
Charleston, SC 29402
PSSC Columbia Hub
Jubilee Circle Center for Spirituality and the Arts
6729 Two Notch Road, #70
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