Fri, Feb 14|
Charleston Library Society
Celebration of Susan Laughter Meyers’s Final Book
Kit Loney, Deborah Lawson Scott, and Joe Zealberg MD will share work by and inspired by Susan at this celebration of her work.
Time & Location
Feb 14, 2020, 7:00 PM
Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
About the Event
Susan Laughter Meyers was circulating the manuscript for Self-Portrait in the River of Déjà Vu at the time of her unexpected death in June of 2017. Thanks to the efforts of Susan’s friends who knew of the work, the manuscript for her fourth and final book was located and published by Press 53.Susan was known throughout the Carolinas for her tireless devotion to poetry. Whether reading, writing, teaching, organizing groups to attend poetry events, or working for poetry organizations, Susan was active daily in the service of poetry. She was a longtime PSSC officer, as well as co-coordinator of Litchfield Tea and Poetry and the Piccolo Spoleto Sundown Poetry Series.
Kit Loney’s poems have appeared in New Verse News, Prime Number, Fall Lines, Emrys Journal, Poetry East, One, and other publications. A member of the Long Table Poets, she writes a 140-character poem daily, a practice Susan Laughter Meyers introduced to her in 2013.
Deborah Lawson Scott is a past president of PSSC and a member of the Long Table Poets. Her poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies including Archive: South Carolina Poetry Since 2005, Kakalak, Boomtown, and The Southern Quarterly. Debbie remembers her dear friend Susan Laughter Meyers as being kind, wise, and generous with her “unbreakable” answers. In Self-Portrait in the River of Déjà Vu, Susan continues to show us there is “No one answer.” She asks, “What made us think there was one question?”
Joe Zealberg MD is a clinical psychiatrist in Charleston. He's studied poetry with Richard Garcia and the Long Table Poets. At Long Table, he met Susan Laughter Meyers. Joe's poetry book, Covalence, was chosen for the Hillary Tham Collection in 2015. After proofreading the manuscript, Susan was kind enough to provide a comment for the back of the book. In spite of how busy she was, Susan read every word and found several inconsistencies missed by both the author and his editor. That is how Joe loves to remember Susan. Gracious. Punctilious. A beloved poet, mentor, and friend.