Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Apr. 18: Poetry@Paperwhites reading, Edgefield, SC

Poetry @ Paperwhites
Readings by Ray McManus & Susan Meyers
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Paperwhites, 102 Courthouse SquareEdgefield, South Carolina
2 p.m.
Book signing & reception of tea & cakes after the reading
Books available through Happy Bookday at Paperwhites
$5 admission (see below)

This year Edgefield, SC, is home to the inaugural spring poetry reading series Poetry @ Paperwhites, organized by poet Laurel Blossom. The readings, sponsored by Paperwhites and Edgefield Regional Arts, are open to the public. Paperwhites is in the old Mukashy Building, on the north side of the square.

There is a $5 admission for each reading to benefit the Edgefield Regional Arts & Cultural Center (ERA). ERA has obtained an option to purchase the old Edgefield Advertiser Building across the square from Paperwhites. Once acquired, the building will be converted into a theater and arts and cultural center, serving all of Edgefield County and beyond with live theater, movies, dance recitals, choral contests, music programs, school plays, graduations, and many other community activities. Laurel Blossom says, "We are excited about the prospects of the Arts and Cultural Center to continue the vibrant growth and development of Edgefield and our surrounding community."

Last month Poetry @ Paperwhites began its season by featuring poets Quitman Marshall and Carol Peters. On May 16 Linda Lee Harper and Ed Madden will read. I'm pleased to be a part of the series and to read on April 18 with Ray McManus, who won the 2006 SC Poetry Book Prize for Driving through the country before you are born. Please come if you're in the area. I've never been to Edgefield, so I'm looking forward to my first visit there.

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