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The Poetry Society of South Carolina

The Poetry Society of South Carolina, established in 1921 and modeled on the Poetry Society of America, was the first state poetry society in the country. An all-volunteer group with its hub in Charleston, our purpose is to support the reading, writing, study, and enjoyment of poetry across the state.

 
2019-2020 Readings and Programs
Poetry Workshop in Columbia, SC with Danielle DeTiberus
Sat, Oct 19
Whole Foods Market
Oct 19, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Whole Foods Market, 702 Cross Hill Rd Ste 300, Columbia, SC 29205, USA
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Poetry at Mcleod: Tyree Daye
Sun, Nov 10
McLeod Plantation Historic Site
Nov 10, 2:00 PM
McLeod Plantation Historic Site, 325 Country Club Dr, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
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Poetry Reading: Dustin Pearson with Curtis Derrick
Fri, Nov 15
Charleston Library Society
Nov 15, 7:00 PM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!
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Poetry Seminar Led by Dustin Pearson
Sat, Nov 16
Charleston Library Society
Nov 16, 10:00 AM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Empathizing the Lyric Narrative
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Holiday Party and Reading
Fri, Dec 13
Location is TBD
Dec 13, 7:00 PM
Location is TBD
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Annual Open Mic
Fri, Jan 10
Charleston Library Society
Jan 10, 2020, 7:00 PM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Jim Lundy, EmCee
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Celebration of Susan Laughter Meyers’s Final Book
Fri, Feb 14
Charleston Library Society
Feb 14, 2020, 7:00 PM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Poetry Reading: Valerie Neiman with Katelin McLaren
Fri, Mar 13
Charleston Library Society
Mar 13, 2020, 7:00 PM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Poetry Seminar Led by Valerie Neiman
Sat, Mar 14
Charleston Library Society
Mar 14, 2020, 10:00 AM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
"Behind the Mask"
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Poetry Reading: Ashley M. Jones with April Alison Palmer
Fri, Apr 10
Charleston Library Society
Apr 10, 2020, 7:00 PM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Poetry Seminar Led by Ashley M. Jones
Sat, Apr 11
Charleston Library Society
Apr 11, 2020, 10:00 AM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
"Poetry of Witness"
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Annual Forum with John Hoppenthaler
Fri, May 08
Charleston Library Society
May 08, 2020, 7:00 PM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Poetry Seminar Led John Hoppenthaler
Sat, May 09
Charleston Library Society
May 09, 2020, 10:00 AM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
TBD
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Kwoya Fagin Maples with Katrina Smolinsky
Fri, Sep 13
The Olde Village Community Building
Sep 13, 7:00 PM
The Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405, USA
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Poetry Seminar
Sat, Sep 14
The Olde Village Community Building
Sep 14, 10:00 AM
The Olde Village Community Building, 4280 Jenkins Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405, USA
Documentary Poetics: Writing Historical Personal Poetry
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Poetry Reading at the Write On! Literary Festival
Tue, Oct 08
Charleston County Public Library - Main
Oct 08, 5:30 PM
Charleston County Public Library - Main, 68 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Readings by Libby Bernardin, Lisa M. Hase-Jackson, and Len Lawson
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Poetry Reading: Christina Olson with Lisa M. Hase-Jackson
Fri, Oct 11
Charleston Library Society
Oct 11, 7:00 PM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Poetry Seminar Led by Christina Olson
Sat, Oct 12
Charleston Library Society
Oct 12, 10:00 AM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Weird Science: Writing Scientific Fact into Poetry and Creative Nonfiction
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Seminar with Geffrey Davis
Sat, Oct 12
James Island Town Hall
Oct 12, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
James Island Town Hall, 1122 Dills Bluff Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
Voice and Invention: Can You Hear Me Now?
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Poetry at McLeod: Geffrey Davis
Sun, Oct 13
McLeod Plantation Historic Site
Oct 13, 2:00 PM
McLeod Plantation Historic Site, 325 Country Club Dr, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
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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.

Mastadons, Coelacanths, and Health Care Marketing, Oh My!

An Interview With Christina Olson

Woman Typing

"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

Contact Us

The Poetry Society of South Carolina
P.O. Box 1090
Charleston, SC 29402

Thanks to Our Sponsors

 

This series is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Funding comes to PSSC through generous grants from the John and Susan Bennett Foundation of the Coastal Community Foundation, and the Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund.