Welcome to the Poetry Society of South Carolina (celebrating our 100th year). The Poetry Society of South Carolina welcomes everyone and values all the voices this world offers. We do not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, age, or political preference. We believe that Black Lives Matter, stand against injustice, and support people’s right to protest.

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.

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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.

Upcoming Events

  • Reading with Dana Levin & Eugene Platt
    Feb 11, 2022, 7:00 PM EST
    Charleston, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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  • Poetry and the Unconscious: Seminar with Dana Levin
    Feb 12, 2022, 10:00 AM EST
    Charleston, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    “Life’s nonsense pierces us with strange relation,” writes poet Wallace Stevens.
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  • Reading with Atsuro Riley & Arthur McMaster
    Mar 10, 2022, 7:00 PM
    Charleston, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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  • The Punctum & The Phosphorus
    Mar 12, 2022, 10:00 AM
    Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA
    Seminar with Atsuro Riley
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  • Reading with Khalisa Rae
    Apr 08, 2022, 7:00 PM
    Charleston, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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  • Outside the Canon: On the Places and Poetic Forms of the Black Southern Poetry
    Apr 09, 2022, 10:00 AM
    Charleston, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Seminar with Khalisa Rae
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  • PSSC Forum | Reading by Nikky Finney
    May 13, 2022, 7:00 PM
    Charleston, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    The Annual Forum is a special night in the PSSC year. It's the last meeting of the 2021-2022 season and it's a special tradition that goes back to the early years in the 1920s. Please join us for a night of poetry and maybe a glass of wine at the reception afterward.
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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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The Poetry Society of South Carolina
P.O. Box 1090
Charleston, SC 29402