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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


Due to COVID-19 and our uncertainty regarding in-person meetings, the locations and times of the following events are currently TBD. If we cannot assemble in person, the events will be presented on Zoom. Final determination will be posted here as each event date nears.

  • "A Poetics of Place" | Poetry Workshop with Len Lawson
    Sat, Jan 23
    Zoom (link sent after you register)
    Jan 23, 10:00 AM
    Zoom (link sent after you register)
    What are the elements that define our places and, in turn, define ourselves? Poets can define a location, city, or region with intricate detail or intense emotion by intimately acquainting us with their experiences.
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  • Joy Priest: Poetry Reading
    Fri, Feb 12
    TBD
    Feb 12, 7:00 PM
    TBD
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  • "Writing Place: The Autobiographical Landscape" | Workshop with Joy Priest
    Sat, Feb 13
    TBD
    Feb 13, 10:00 AM
    TBD
    In this workshop, we will discuss this mini-essay and the function of figurative language.
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  • "Collapse & Surprise: Letting Uncertainty ‘Steer’ Your Poems" | Workshop with Leslie Sainz
    Sat, Feb 20
    Zoom link TBD
    Feb 20, 10:00 AM
    Zoom link TBD
    Examining the "Poetics of Beweilderment"
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  • Poetry Reading: Valerie Nieman
    Fri, Mar 12
    TBD
    Mar 12, 7:00 PM
    TBD
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  • "Poetry: Behind the Mask" | Workshop with Valerie Neiman
    Sat, Mar 13
    TBD
    Mar 13, 10:00 AM
    TBD
    Each day we go about our routine lives, but inside we are superheroes or explorers, pirates or rock stars, hiding our secret identities behind the mask of our unassuming face and daily clothes.
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  • "The Art of the Line" | Workshop with Michele Reese
    Sat, Mar 20
    TBD
    Mar 20, 10:00 AM
    TBD
    This workshop will play with sounds and rhythms to create line endings.
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Contests - Submissions For Spring Writing Contests open on January 15

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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"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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