Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sat., Dec. 4: Women Authors Holiday Book Signing

Women Authors Holiday Book Signing & Tea
Saturday, December 4
2 - 5 p.m.
South Carolina Thrift & Resale
1670 Hwy 17 N, Mt Pleasant (next to new CVS)
$10 at the door
Free giftwrapping, Readings, Tea & refreshments
Center for Women
With Barnes & Noble (use your Barnes & Noble discount card)
Special Thanks to Kaminsky's

2010 Authors
Michelle Adams * Sarah Boone * Ida Becker * Sharon Becker * Cleo Brown * Nina Bruhns * Jan DiRuzzo * MaryAnn Dunham * Nathalie Dupree * Peg Eastman * Dixie Fanning * Linda Annas Ferguson * Jayne Jaudon Ferrer * Mary Edna Fraser * Rebecca Godwin * Pattie Welek Hall * The Hat Ladies * Holly Herrick * Maggie Hoybach & Joan Brown * Trish Hutchinson * Ann Ipock * Marcie Jacobs * Charlotte Jenkins * Kate Boehm Jerome * Kieran Kramer * Ann Kulze * CJ Lyons * Susan Laughter Meyers * Dianne Miley * Sheila Mills * Mary Alice Monroe * Signe Pike * Margot Theis Raven * Maryann Reid * Lisa D. Robinson & Lori Robinson * Terry Ward Tucker * Lily Herndon Weaks * Marjory Wentworth

2:00 p.m. -- Signe Pike
2:30 p.m. -- Mary Ann Reid
3:00 p.m. -- Mary Alice Monroe
3:30 p.m. -- Charlottte Jenkins
4:00 p.m. -- Ann Ipock
4:30 p.m. -- CJ Lyons

Friday, November 26, 2010

Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 -- Workshop: The Poet as Seeker

Poetry Workshop: The Poet as Seeker
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Susan Meyers, instructor
Waccamaw Higher Education Center
160 Willbrook Blvd.
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Registration, $30
OLLI at Coastal Carolina University
Register at 843-234-3422 or www.coastal.edu/olli

All good poems are more than the result of mere writing exercise; they seek a truth. Poets, in turn, set out with yearning and questions, often ones that have no answers. “Teach yourself to work in uncertainty,” said author Bernard Malamud. We’ll do just that as we read sample poems in the class packet and generate new work of our own. Bring a poem draft that you’re working on in an attempt to reach a deeper level in some way. Lunch can be brought or bought nearby.

2011 Litchfield Tea & Poetry Series

Litchfield Tea & Poetry Series
First Thursday, Jan. – Apr.
3 - 4 p.m.
Waccamaw Higher Education Center
160 Willbrook Boulevard
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Book signing after the reading
Refreshments: homemade confections by Deloris Roberts
Free & open to the public

Please join us for these four free events, our fifth year featuring a whole slate of talented poets.

Jan. 6
Launch of Poetry Anthology
– Kickoff reading for OLLI at CCU anthology
Join us for a reading by contributors of the new OLLI at CCU poetry anthology to be released in early winter. A wide range of poems written by students from recent classes and workshops taught by Libby Bernardin and Susan Meyers. Good reason to celebrate!

Feb. 3 Ken Autrey, Debra A. Daniel
Ken Autrey, of Columbia, is the author of the chapbook Pilgrims (Main Street Rag). His poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, Cimarron Review, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere, including various anthologies. He teaches English at Francis Marion University. Previously, he served as a Peace Corps teacher in Ghana and a visiting professor at Hiroshima University in Japan.
Debra A. Daniel is the author of As Is (Main Street Rag, 2009). She was twice SC Arts Commission’s Poetry Fellow. She has also won the Guy Owen Prize and awards from The Poetry Society of SC and has been a Pushcart nominee. Her work has appeared in Smokelong, Kakalak, Emrys, Pequin.org, Inkwell, Southern Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, and The Poetry Society of SC Yearbook.

Mar. 3 Ann Herlong-Bodman, Richard Allen Taylor
Ann Herlong-Bodman, of Mt. Pleasant, is the author of the chapbook Pulled Out of Sleep (Pudding House Press, 2010). She taught journalism and composition at USC and Lander University. She has also taught ESL in East Europe for the U.S. State Department, and she currently volunteers as an ESL teacher when she is not traveling and writing.
Richard Allen Taylor, of Charlotte, NC, is the author of Punching Through the Egg of Space (2010) and Something to Read on the Plane (2004), both from Main Street Rag Publishing Company. His poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. He is a former co-editor of Kakalak: Anthology of Carolina Poets.

Apr. 7 Scott Owens, Susan Finch Stevens
Author of six collections of poetry, Scott Owens is editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review, Vice President of the Poetry Council of NC, and recipient of awards from the Pushcart Prize Anthology and the Academy of American Poets, among others. He holds an MFA from UNC Greensboro and teaches at Catawba Valley Community College.
Susan Finch Stevens, of the Isle of Palms, is the author of the chapbook Lettered Bones, a winner in the 2008 Poetry Initiative of South Carolina Competition. She has been awarded The Poetry Society of South Carolina’s Marjorie E. Peale Prize and Kinloch Rivers Memorial Prize. Her poems have appeared in several anthologies.

Cosponsored by
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University
The Poetry Society of South Carolina

Check out the Litchfield Tea & Poetry Series group on Facebook.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Release of Solo Cafe 8 & 9 by Solo Press

Solo Cafe Issues 8 & 9: Teachers & Students
Solo Press
Publisher, Glenna Luschei
Guest Editor, Lenard D. Moore

Laura Boss * John Bradley * Earl Sherman Braggs * Sally Buckner * George Burns * Mary Ann Cain * Alvaro Cardona-Hine * Kelly Cherry * Joseph Gastiger * Ray Gonzalez * Michael S. Harper * Shayla Hawkins * George Kalamaras * Patrick Lawler * Carol Lem * Gerald Locklin * Perie Longo * Kevin Lucia * Teddy Macker * * Michael McFee * Karen McKinnon * Maria Melendez * Susan Meyers * Lenard D. Moore * Terre Ouwehand * Randy W. Pait * David Rigsbee * Nancy Simpson * Barry Spacks * Shelby Stephenson * Lamont Steptoe * Gina Streaty * John Tritica * Jerry W. Ward, Jr. * Bruce Weigl * Mel Weisburd * Jackson Wheeler * Carolyn Beard Whitlow

Congratulations to the editors of Solo Cafe on the publication of this new double issue of poems, essays, and reviews pertaining to the theme of teachers and students. I'm pleased that my poems "First Grade" and "Student of Busyness" are included. Copies of the journal are available through Solo Press at this address: Solo Press, 5146 Foothill Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013 or berrypress@aol.com.

Release of Cooking Up South, a book of recipes, poems & remembrances

Cooking Up South: Entertaining with Soulful Recipes, Poems & Remembrances
Recipes by Sylvia Dianne Beverly
Photography by Jason Miccolo Johnson
Published by Word of Mouth for Capital BookFest
Kwame Alexander, Founding Producer

Shirley J. Brewer * Barbara Crooker * Tinesha Davis * Gretchen Fletcher * Van G. Garrett * Nikki Giovanni * Judy Lee Green * Le Hinton * Pamela Lewis * Christina Lovin * Susan Laughter Meyers * Deanna Nikaido * Kim Roberts * Natasha Ria El-Scari * Kory Wells * Marjory Heath Wentworth

Cooking Up South was published earlier this fall in conjunction with the Capital BookFest events held in Largo (MD), Harrisburg, (PA), and Charleston (SC). I'm so pleased that my poem "The Music of Apples" (first published in Cairn) is included.

You can buy the book at Amazon.com.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thursday, Nov. 11: Visiting two poetry classes

Tomorrow I'm pleased to be visiting two classes at Furman University, near Greenville, SC. Gilbert Allen, Bennette E. Geer Professor of Literature, has invited me to join his classes to read some poems, as well as talk with his students about the writing process. I've worked with his students before, and they are always a delight--serious about their writing and eager to hear what other poets are up to.

Not only will the classes themselves be a joy, but I always feel inspired by the time alone in the car on a roadtrip, a chance to quiet my mind and think about the things I don't ordinarily take the time to ponder. Got my car gassed up, and I'm ready to go.

Capital BookFest Charleston was a huge success!

Capital BookFest Charleston drew 4000-5000 people to its inaugural event last Saturday, November 6, and plans are in the works to make it an annual festival after the mayor declared the first Saturday in November as Capital BookFest Day. A large part of that draw was the inimitable poet Nikki Giovanni, loved by all ages--children and adults alike. The mission of the festival is "strengthening families through reading"--and with that in mind, it was a wonderful sight to see so many teenagers and children at the festival.

Which reminds me, I'd like to give a shoutout to the North Charleston High School students who published the poetry anthology Find Me Beyond Statistics Inside Teardrops through the Book-in-a-Day program directed by Kwame Alexander, the founder of Capital BookFest. The students gave a terrific reading from their book at Saturday's BookFest, captivating the audience and electrifying the whole room. Congratulations!

I had a wonderful time attending the whole day at the downtown library and Blue Bicycle Books on King Street. It was great fun in a morning session to read with poets Tinesha Davis, Le Hinton, Deanna Nikaido, and Marjory Wentworth from the book Cooking Up South, recently published for BookFest, and later to read at Blue Bicycle Books with Linda Annas Ferguson.

I'm already looking forward to next year's event! This year's festival was one of three offered, the other two being in Largo (MD) and Harrisburg (PA). Much gratitude to Kwame Alexander and the Capital BookFest staff for bringing the festival to Charleston.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Saturday, Nov. 6: Capital BookFest Charleston

Saturday, November 6, 2010
Capital BookFest Charleston
Blue Bicycle Books Courtyard
King St., Charleston, SC
Poetry Reading
Linda Annas Ferguson & Susan Laughter Meyers
5:20 - 6:00 p.m.
Host Kwame Alexander
Free & open to the public

I'm pleased to be reading at this all-day event, which is being held at the Charleston County Public Library and Blue Bicycle Books. Check out the day's schedule of events.
Visiting authors include Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Coleman Barks, and Lisa Starr.

Last week I enjoyed reading new work at Monday Night Poetry & Music, so this week I'm looking forward to reading a different set of poems, mostly those from my book Keep and Give Away.