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Main Branch Poetry

Curated by Carol Peters, Main Branch Poetry brought fine poets from throughout the Carolinas to the Charleston County Public Library, with light refreshments and a book signing after the reading. Co-sponsored by the Charleston County Public Library and the Poetry Society of SC, the series lasted one year.

Main Branch Poetry Series 2009

January 27

College of Charleston seniors from the creative writing program will read from their work. Carol Ann Davis, who directs the program, will introduce the students. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She teaches courses in poetry writing, literary publishing, and contemporary poetry. She also edits the literary journal Crazyhorse. In 2007, Tupelo Press published her first book of poems, Psalm, and she won a Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts.

February 24

Jim Lundy is president of The Poetry Society of South Carolina and active in the local open mic poetry scene as emcee of Monday Night Blues, Charleston’s longest running weekly literary and music event. He was a featured poet in the Charleston County Library’s A Rather Poetic Evening series, and for Piccolo-Spoleto’s Stories for Life festival. His self-published chapbook, All I Can Be Is Myself, came out in 2006. He lives in Charleston and is a landlord and home inspector.

Scott Owens is the author of The Fractured World and three chapbooks: The Persistence of Faith, The Moon His Only Companion, and Deceptively Like a Sound. Graduate of the UNCG MFA program, Scott was the 2008 Visiting Writer at Catawba Valley Community College. His poems have appeared in Georgia Review, North American Review, Poetry East, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Cimarron Review, Greensboro Review, and other journals. He lives in Hickory, NC, where he teaches and coordinates the Poetry Hickory reading series.

Pat Riviere-Seel’s chapbook, The Serial Killer’s Daughter, was a finalist in Main Street Rag’s 2008 contest and will be published in 2009. No Turning Back Now from Finishing Line Press was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Kakalak 2008, Solo Café, and Tar River Poetry. Pat is the Associate Editor of the Asheville Poetry Review, has taught at UNCA, and was President of the NC Poetry Society. She holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.

March 24

Libby Bernardin’s chapbook, The Book of Myth, is forthcoming from the South Carolina Poetry Initiative. She has published or soon will be in After Shocks, Kakalak, Negative Capability, Notre Dame Review, The Devil’s Millhopper, The Poetry Society of South Carolina Yearbook, The Southern Poetry Anthology, and The Southern Review. Twice she was named a SC Arts Commission’s literary fellow. She held a fulltime faculty position at USC and presently serves on the Board of Governors for the SC Academy of Authors.

Aly Goodwin studied at UNC-Asheville, Converse College, and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her work has appeared in Southern Poetry, Vol. 1: South Carolina, A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry, Still Home: the Essential Poetry of Spartanburg, The Iowa Review, Bayleaf, Concept, Appalachian Review, and elsewhere. She won the grand prize in the 2008 Kennesaw State University poetry contest and is a charter member of SPOETS, a Spartanburg-based group of six poets.

Dennis Ward Stiles grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Illinois. He graduated from the USAF Academy in 1964 and spent 30 years in the Air Force as a pilot and military diplomat, serving most of his career overseas. He has published in many literary journals. Pudding House Publications issued his most recent chapbook, Humdinger, in 2007. His first full-length book, The Fire in Which We Burn, is due out from Main Street Rag in 2009.

April 28

Vera Gomez is a performance poet and writer. Barrio Voices was a winner of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative’s Chapbook Poetry Contest. She is also a SC Fiction Project winner. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Poetry Anthology: Volume I: South Carolina, Kakalak, Millennial Sampler/South Carolina Poetry Anthology, Ties That Bind, and Quintet. A graduate of Texas Tech University, she works as a writer in corporate communications, is a poetry workshop facilitator, and teaches arts integration in public schools.

Mary Hutchins Harris is a poet and essayist. Her chapbook, A Tongue Full of Yeses, was selected for publication in the 2007 South Carolina Poetry Initiative Chapbook Contest. She has been a featured poet for the Piccolo Spoleto Sundown Series and the Stories for Life Festival. Mary’s work has appeared in Tar River Poetry and Antietam Review. She won the Carrie Allen McCray Award for Poetry and tied for first place in non-fiction at the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop Conference.

Tim Harkins of Charleston, SC, attended the University of Alabama, where he was a founding editor of the Black Warrior Review. His poems have been published in PanGaia, newWitch, and The Chrysalis Reader. His chapbook, Chasing the Ineffable, was published by Stepping Stones Press in October 2008. Currently, Tim works as a technical writer for a government contractor. He also serves as the Publicity Chairman for the Poetry Society of South Carolina.

Terri McCord’s chapbook, The Art and the Wait, was published by Finishing Line Press. She received the Don Russ Poetry Prize from Kennesaw Review and the Post and Courier Prize from the Poetry Society of SC. Her chapbook, In the Company of Animals, won an award from the South Carolina Poetry Initiative. The SC Arts Commission awarded McCord their 2002 Literary Fellowship. She is a visual artist, has artwork in state collections, and drew and painted the covers for her two chapbooks.

Ray McManus is an Assistant Professor of English in the Division of Arts and Letters at USC Sumter. He is the author of Driving through the Country before You Are Born, USC Press 2007. He has performed his poetry all over the United States, and his poetry has appeared in many journals throughout the United States and Canada. Ray won the Academy of American Poets award and the James Dickey award in poetry at USC. He lives in Lexington, SC.

Katherine Williams’s chapbook, Cranioglyph: A Memoir in Verse, was chosen for publication in the 2007 South Carolina Poetry Initiative Chapbook Contest. While running UCLA’s transgenics facility, Katherine authored three chapbooks and gave readings throughout Southern California. She is published in various anthologies and has received a Pushcart nomination. She now lives on James Island, near where she grew up, and studies Caribbean corals at the Hollings Marine Laboratory.

May 21

Irene Blair Honeycutt founded and directed Central Piedmont Community College’s literary festival for 14 years and received the Teaching Award for Excellence. Irene was a Blumenthal Reader, received a NC Arts Council writer’s grant, and an Arts & Science Council Creative Fellowship. She is an award-winning poet with four books: Bgefore the Light Changes, Waiting for the Trout to Speak, It Comes As a Dark Surprise, and The Prince with the Golden Hair—a fairy tale for children of all ages.

Beverly A. Jackson, poet, writer and artist, lives in Asheville, N.C. Her 2008 book Every Burning Thing is from Pudding House. Her poems and stories can be found on the web and in literary magazines, including Rattle, Melic Review, Eclectica, and Word Riot. She was nominated for BASS by Vestal Review and was the runnerup in the 2008 Per Contra short story contest. See her blog at www. and her art at

Daniel Nathan Terry is a former landscaper and horticulturist. His debut poetry collection, Capturing the Dead, was awarded the 2007 Stevens Manuscript Prize and published in June of 2008 by NFSPS Press. Daniel’s poetry has appeared in several journals including The River, Oberon, and Kakalak. He is currently enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he lives.

June 23

Philip Bowman lives in Florence, SC, where he practices psychiatry. His chapbook, The Museum of Childhood, was published by USC in 2008. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and The Medical College of Virginia and studied at the Sorbonne and The Goethe Institute. He served in the U.S. Army for eight years. He has received several national awards in poetry and has been published in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Southern Humanities Review, Journal of the American Medical Society, and elsewhere.

Barbara G.S. Hagerty is a Charleston native whose chapbook, The Guest House, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Books in 2009. In 2008, her poetry appeared on The Best American Poetry blog, in the anthologies Aftershocks and Kakalak, in ART, Literary Mama, and elsewhere. She is also the athor of two books that explore the metaphors and cultural meanings inherent in the bags we carry. She has an M.A. degree in Creative Writing from The Johns Hopkins University.

David Treadway Manning is a Pushcart nominee with poems in a number of journals and six chapbooks including The Ice- Carver, winner of the 2004 Longleaf Chapbook Competition, and most recently Light Sweet Crude (Pudding House, 2009). His full-length collection, The Flower Sermon (2007), is available from The Main Street Rag Publishing Company.

September 22

Janice Fuller, Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English at Catawba College, has published three poetry collections, including Séance, winner of the 2008 Oscar Arnold Young Award. Her poems have appeared in numerous international magazines, including Magma and New Welsh Review. Her plays and libretti have been produced at Catawba’s Hedrick Theatre, BareBones Theater’s New Play Festival, the Minneapolis Fringe Festival, Estonia’s Polli Talu Centre, and France’s Rendez-Vous Musique Nouvelle.

Holly Iglesias is a poet, translator, and author of Souvenirs of a Shrunken World (Kore Press, 2008), Hands-on Saints, and Boxing Inside the Box: Women’s Prose Poetry (Quale Press, 2004). She is a lecturer in the Master of Liberal Arts program at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and the recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Edward Albee Foundation.

Cassie Premo Steele, an award-winning poet and writer, lives in Columbia, SC. She is the author of four books: Moon Days, We Heal From Memory, Ruin, and My Peace. She has also published hundreds of poems, essays, and stories on the themes of mothering, nature, and creativity. Dr. Premo Steele currently she teaches courses in Ecofeminism and Ecopoetry at the University of South Carolina’s Green Learning Center. Her recent writing focuses on poetry and the environment.

October 27

Libby Bernardin’s chapbook, The Book of Myth, is forthcoming from the South Carolina Poetry Initiative. She has published or soon will be in After Shocks, Kakalak, Negative Capability, Notre Dame Review, The Devil’s Millhopper, The Poetry Society of South Carolina Yearbook, The Southern Poetry Anthology, and The Southern Review. Twice she was named a SC Arts Commission’s literary fellow. She held a fulltime faculty position at USC and presently serves on the Board of Governors for the SC Academy of Authors.

Brittney Blaskowitz Prichard lives in Charlotte, NC. She recently received an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte where she studied with Bob Hicok, Cathy Smith Bowers, Claudia Rankine, Alan Michael Parker, and others. Prichard currently teaches English and American Literature at Central Piedmont Community College. Her poems and book reviews have appeared in North American Review, Peeks and Valleys, and Main Street Rag.

Susan Finch Stevens lives on the Isle of Palms, SC. Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies including The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume I: South Carolina and 2006 Kakalak Anthology of Carolina Poets. She received Honorable Mention in the 2006 South Carolina Poetry Initiative Chapbook Competition and was 2003 poet-in-residence at the Gibbes Museum of Art. Long interested in language and image, she creates artist’s books combining her poetry and visual art.