Friday, February 27, 2015

Feb. 28: PSSC Writers' Group workshop -- "Writing toward a Poem's Mystery"

PSSC Writers' Group workshop:
"Writing toward a Poem's Mystery"
Saturday, Feb. 28
10 a.m. - 12 noon
Charleston Library Society
164 King St., Charleston, SC
Susan Laughter Meyers, instructor
Free for PSSC/CLS members & CofC students
$15 for all others
(PSSC membership, $25 annually; new members welcome.)
Contact: Susan at

Some of the most enduring poems, those that bear repeated readings, can claim both clarity and mystery. A poem’s mystery is achieved partly by its leaps, when much of the work of connecting—of getting from here to there—is left to the reader. Attendees are asked to bring a poem in progress, one that can benefit from greater mystery. Discussion, writing activities, and workshop packet included.

Feb. 19: Poetry workshop -- "This, Too, Is Me: The Self-Portrait Poem"

Thursday, Feb. 19
OLLI at CCU, Litchfield
Workshop: "This, Too, Is Me:
The Self-Portrait Poem"
Susan Laughter Meyers, instructor
10 a.m - 2 p.m.
Litchfield Education Center

How I enjoyed gathering with our small group on a cold, cold day for a workshop on the self-portrait poem. We gathered around a conference table to read exemplary published poems and to write a group poem, as well as to each write  a poem of our own. So many possible approaches to the self-portrait, and it was fun to hear the various approaches that workshop participants took. 

Feb. 9, 2015: Kakalak reading in Charleston

February 9 was the annual Kakalak reading at Monday Night Poetry & Music at East Bay Meeting House in downtown Charleston, SC. Richard Allen Taylor, one of the three editors of Kakalak, came down from Charlotte to facilitate the reading and introduce the poets who read as contributors in the 2014 Kakalak, a journal of work by North and South Carolina poets and photographers/artists. Charleston poet Richard Garcia won the 2014 Kakalak poetry prize, and about 8-9 others of us Lowcountry poets were happy to be a part of the program.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

2014 workshops, readings, residencies, and other events

Thank you to the sponsors of these events and residencies that enabled me to teach, read, and write poetry in various venues last year:


  • OLLI at CCU, Litchfield, SC 
    • "Persistence and the Poem" -- Feb. 20
    • "Poetry Critique Workshop" -- May 1
    • "Opening the Gates of the Imagination" -- Nov. 13
  • Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts (LILA), Charleston, SC
    • "Complicating the Poem"-- Apr. 26
  • Gathering of Poets, Press 53 & Jacar Press
    • "Lose (Your) Intention & Find a Poem"-- Apr. 5
    • Kevin Watson & Richard Krawiec, founders/facilitators


  • Charleston, SC -- Monday Night Poetry & Music, Feb. 24
    • East Bay Meeting House, 160 East Bay St.
    • James J. Lundy, Jr., coordinator
  • Charleston, SC -- LILA reading, Mar. 27
    • Richard Garcia, Barbara G.S. Hagerty, Susan Laughter Meyers, Marjory Wentworth
    • Circular Church
  • Chapel Hill, SC -- Flyleaf Bookstore, Apr. 10
    • Beth Swann & Susan Laughter Meyers
    • Pam Baggett & Stan Absher, coordinators
  • Raleigh, NC -- Quail Ridge Books & Music, May 4
    • Maureen Sherbondy, John Thomas York, Susan Laughter Meyers
    • Jo Taylor, coordinator
  • Fearrington Village, NC -- McIntyre's Bookstore, Jun. 22
    • Barbara G.S. Hagerty, Susan Laughter Meyers, Deborah Miller
    • Series sponsored by The North Carolina Poetry Society
    • Sara Claytor, founder/coordinator
  • Southern Pines, NC -- NC Poetry Society, Sept. 20
    • Brockman-Campbell Book Award honorable-mention reading
    • Opening reading for Charmaine Cadeau, winner of the award
  • Columbia, SC -- "Poems: Bones of the Spirit," Oct. 21
    • Barbara G.S. Hagerty, Susan Laughter Meyers, Debbie Scott
    • Al Black, founder/coordinator

  • Panel session -- "Diverse Verse"
    • Gilbert Allen, Barbara G.S. Hagerty, Susan Laughter Meyers and Marjory Wentworth
    • Ed Madden, moderator

FESTIVAL attended: Palm Beach Poetry Festival -- Jan. 20-25
  • Workshop with poet Nick Flynn -- "Poetry as Bewilderment"

SC STATE PARKS SYSTEM Artist-in-Residence Program:
  • Hickory Knob State Park, McCormick, SC -- Oct. 24-31 residency

2014 publications, prizes, reviews, etc.

Much gratitude to the literary journals, anthologies, and contest sponsors that published my work over the past year, including these:



ESSAY in The 2015 Poet's Market, published by Writer's Digest:
  • "The Usefulness of Silence" (pretty exciting to see this called out, with two others, on the cover)

REVIEW of My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass:

  • North Carolina Literary Review: "Near Matter and the Distant Stars" --  review of Coal River Road, by Kathy Ackerman, and Transcendental Telemarketer, by Beth Copeland

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nov. 13 -- Poetry Workshop: Opening the Gates of Imagination

Every fall and late winter I look forward to teaching half-day workshops in the OLLI at CCU program at Litchfield, SC. The next one is less than a month away, and I'm busy working on it now. It's always an engaged, supportive group eager to read, write, and discuss poetry. Here are the details:

Thursday, Nov. 13
OLLI at CCU, Litchfield
"Opening the Gates of Imagination"
Susan Laughter Meyers, instructor
10 a.m - 2 p.m.
$30 (plus $20 OLLI membership)

Opening the Gates of the Imagination   
"I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of the imagination," said John Keats. In this workshop we'll explore how the imagination can evoke emotion in a poem. In-class writing, discussion, class packet. Within two weeks after the workshop, participants have the option of e-mailing a poem to the instructor for feedback. Lunch can be brought or bought nearby.

Nov. 7 - 9 Queens Univ. of Charlotte MFA alumni & students to gather on campus

I'm looking forward to being a part of the inaugural alumni/student-run MFA gathering on the Queens University of Charlotte campus soon. Every other autumn (in odd-numbered years) the MFA program holds an alumni weekend on campus, when it brings in top-notch editors/agents and poets/writers to teach workshops. For the first time, in even-numbered years the alumni/students will be gathering on campus for a weekend of programs that they themselves—we ourselves—have generated and will be offering. So happy to be going and seeing fellow MFAers both familiar and new, as well as taking part in the discussions and readings. Soon!

Nov. 7 - 9
Queens Univ. of Charlotte
MFA alumni & student gathering
Panels & readings by MFAers
1900 Selwyn Avenue
Charlotte, NC

Artist Residency awarded by the SC State Parks System

I am honored to be a recipient of a 2014 SC State Parks System Artist Residency. For a week artists-in-residence have the opportunity to pursue their artistic endeavors staying at one of the state's beautiful state parks. I'll be writing poems, as well as taking field notes while on hikes, at Hickory Knob State Park. My sincere gratitude to the South Carolina State Park System for this opportunity. 

In return, I am to frame a poem I write during the residency and donate it to the Park System for them to display in one of the cabins or elsewhere on the property. As one who loves to write about the natural world, I am looking forward to every moment of my residency!

Week of Oct. 24-31
Hickory Knob State Park
McCormick, SC
Artist residency