Monday, February 22, 2010

Feb. 27-28, 2010: South Carolina Book Festival

South Carolina Book Festival
Saturday & Sunday
February 27 & 28
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Columbia, SC

There are several sessions at this year's SC Book Festival that I'm looking forward to being a part of:

Saturday, Feb. 27
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Special tribute to the late Stephen Gardner
A reading by poet friends that will include poems by the much-loved poet Stephen Gardner who passed away last fall.

Sunday, Feb. 28
11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Poetry Panel
Linda Annas Ferguson, Linda Lee Harper, Susan Meyers, and Marjory Wentworth
Each poet will read a few poems and talk about what particular passion fuels her poetry.

Sunday, Feb. 28
2 - 2:50 p.m.
USC Poetry Initiative Book Prize Winners
Susan Meyers, Ray McManus, DeLana R.A. Dameron
Each winner of the SC Poetry Book Prize will read a few poems and talk about the writing life, as well as specifics about the Book Prize.

Book signings to follow these last two events.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Saturday, Feb. 20 -- Workshop: The Usefulness of Silence in a Poem

Workshop: The Usefulness of Silence in a Poem
Saturday, February 20, 2010
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Waccamaw Higher Education Center
160 Wilbrook Blvd.
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
OLLI at Coastal Carolina University
Instructor: Susan Meyers

A poem’s silences fulfill a purpose just as the words do. Thus, poets need to know how to use white space, punctuation, elliptical syntax, the unspoken—and the many other ways to be silent in a poem. In this workshop we’ll read sample published poems, discuss how they manage their silences, and write poems of our own.

Lunch can be purchased at a nearby deli, or bring your own.

Registration, $30: Coastal Carolina University Lifelong Learning, 843-349-4032 or

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Thur., Feb. 4: Litchfield Tea & Poetry with Barbara G. S. Hagerty & Ray McManus

Join us in Litchfield/Pawleys Island, SC, for the second event of the 2010 Litchfield Tea & Poetry Series. Charleston poet BARBARA G. S. HAGERTY and Columbia poet RAY MCMANUS will be featured:

Thursday, Feb. 4
3 - 4 p.m.
Litchfield Tea & Poetry Series
Waccamaw Higher Education Center
160 Wilbrook Blvd.
Pawleys Island / Litchfield
Book signing after the reading
Refreshments: homemade confections by Deloris Roberts
Free & open to the public
Co-sponsored by OLLI at CCU & The Poetry Society of SC

Barbara G.S. Hagerty is author of The Guest House (Finishing Line Press, 2009). Her poems, essays, and columns have appeared in a wide variety of national and regional publications. A member of Richard Garcia's Long Table Poets workshop in Charleston, she holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from The Johns Hopkins University.

Ray McManus is the author of two collections of poetry: Left Behind (Stepping Stones Press) and Driving through the country before you are born (USC Press, 2007), winner of the SC Poetry Book Prize. His poetry has appeared in many journals throughout the United Sates and Canada. He is an Assistant Professor of English at USC Sumter.