The Poetry Society of South Carolina

Dear friends, members, and supporters,

 

In light of recent demonstrations against police brutality, we at The Poetry Society of South Carolina are using our platform to promote change. We acknowledge and support the ongoing fight for Black Liberation. We acknowledge that this nation owes much of its existence to the exploitation of Black people. We stand with those fighting against injustice and support people’s right to protest. Poetry, after all, has always been a forum for protest and political change.

 

Poetry institutions in America have long been white-washed and have erased Black voices; we do not wish to perpetuate that legacy but instead wish to uplift, celebrate, and amplify Black poets and Black lives. We value these voices because they come from human beings worthy of dignity, respect, and life.

 

We mourn the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, David McAtee, Walter Scott, and every Black individual who has lost their life at the hands of police brutality. We believe, especially now, that Black voices deserve to be heard.

 

The Poetry Society of South Carolina has been fortunate enough to be supported by Black poets across the country, who share with Charleston poetry lovers their talent, craft and immense spirit. Throughout the next few months, we will re-dedicate ourselves to sharing and celebrating their work, in hopes that poetry might change hearts and minds, that poetry might illuminate what has so long been purposefully shrouded in America. Today, we’ll start with “not an elegy for Mike Brown” by Danez Smith, which we have been reading and re-reading all week.

 

We will continue to reflect in our programming, in our mission, and in our spirit these values. Black Lives Matter.

Sincerely,

The Poetry Society of South Carolina

2019-2020 Readings and Programs
Poetry Seminar Led John Hoppenthaler
Sat, May 09
Charleston Library Society
May 09, 10:00 AM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
TBD
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Annual Forum with John Hoppenthaler
Fri, May 08
Charleston Library Society
May 08, 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, 10:00 AM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
"Poetry of Witness"
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Poetry Reading: Ashley M. Jones with Alison Palmer
Fri, Apr 10
Charleston Library Society
Apr 10, 7:00 PM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Poetry Seminar Led by Valerie Nieman
Sat, Mar 14
Charleston Library Society
Mar 14, 10:00 AM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
"Behind the Mask"
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Poetry Reading: Valerie Nieman with Katelin McLaren
Fri, Mar 13
Charleston Library Society
Mar 13, 7:00 PM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Report from Colrain
Sat, Feb 15
Charleston Library Society
Feb 15, 10:00 AM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
PSSC member & poet, Katherine Williams, leads a seminar exploring methods inspired by the Colrain Manuscript Conference to help writers organize & prepare their manuscripts.
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Celebration of Susan Laughter Meyers’s Final Book
Fri, Feb 14
Charleston Library Society
Feb 14, 7:00 PM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Kit Loney, Deborah Lawson Scott, and Joe Zealberg MD will share work by and inspired by Susan at this celebration of her work.
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Annual Open Mic
Fri, Jan 10
Charleston Library Society
Jan 10, 7:00 PM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Jim Lundy, EmCee
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Holiday Party and Reading
Fri, Dec 13
Location is TBD
Dec 13, 2019, 7:00 PM
Location is TBD
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Poetry Seminar Led by Dustin Pearson
Sat, Nov 16
2nd Floor of North Charleston City
Nov 16, 2019, 10:00 AM
2nd Floor of North Charleston City, 2500 City Hall Ln, North Charleston, SC 29406, USA
Empathizing the Lyric Narrative - NOTE NEW LOCATION
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Poetry Reading: Dustin Pearson with Curtis Derrick
Fri, Nov 15
The Olde Village Community Building
Nov 15, 2019, 7:00 PM
The Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405, USA
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE AND VENUE
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Poetry at Mcleod: Tyree Daye
Sun, Nov 10
McLeod Plantation Historic Site
Nov 10, 2019, 2:00 PM
McLeod Plantation Historic Site, 325 Country Club Dr, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
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Poetry Seminar Let by Tyree Daye
Sat, Nov 09
James Island Town Hall
Nov 09, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
James Island Town Hall, Dills Bluff Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
Writing the “I”: Giving Our Poems Identity
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Poetry Workshop in Columbia, SC with Danielle DeTiberus
Sat, Oct 19
Whole Foods Market
Oct 19, 2019, 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: Geffrey Davis
Sun, Oct 13
McLeod Plantation Historic Site
Oct 13, 2019, 2:00 PM
McLeod Plantation Historic Site, 325 Country Club Dr, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
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Seminar with Geffrey Davis
Sat, Oct 12
James Island Town Hall
Oct 12, 2019, 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 Seminar Led by Christina Olson
Sat, Oct 12
Charleston Library Society
Oct 12, 2019, 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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Poetry Reading: Christina Olson with Lisa M. Hase-Jackson
Fri, Oct 11
Charleston Library Society
Oct 11, 2019, 7:00 PM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Poetry Reading at the Write On! Literary Festival
Tue, Oct 08
Charleston County Public Library - Main
Oct 08, 2019, 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 Seminar
Sat, Sep 14
The Olde Village Community Building
Sep 14, 2019, 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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Kwoya Fagin Maples with Katrina Smolinsky
Fri, Sep 13
The Olde Village Community Building
Sep 13, 2019, 7:00 PM
The Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405, 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.

 
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

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

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