General Information

LITCHFIELD TEA
AND POETRY

First Thursdays, February through April (but second Thursday in January)
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Litchfield Exchange
Highway 17
Litchfield Beach SC 29585

Free and open to the public. Book signing and refreshments after the reading.

All events except the first one will include "Poet to Poet," an opportunity for the audience to hear some writing advice & recommendations of poets to read, plus the chance to participate in a brief Q&A with featured poets.

Co-sponsored by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at
Coastal Carolina University, Friends of the Waccamaw Library, and PSSC.

For more info, email
Libby Bernardin
Cliff Saunders
Linda Ketron

Click here to download the series flyer.

Please check out the Litchfield Tea & Poetry Series group on Facebook, and be sure to check out our state-wide poetry calendar to find events in your area.

Programs 2019

January 10 (2nd Thursday!)
Billy Baldwin and Libby Bernardin

Billy Baldwin, a lifelong resident of the Carolina Low Country, is an award-winning novelist, poet, photographer, biographer, and historian. Among his many accomplishments, his first novel, The Hard to Catch Mercy, won the Lillian Smith Award for its depiction of Southern race relations. His most recent work, Carolina Rambling, continues a collaboration with photographer Selden B. Hill. Two prior books, The Unpainted South and These Our Offerings, won awards from the Southern Independent Book Sellers Association.

Libby Bernardin, has two chapbooks, The Book of Myth (SC Poetry Initiative 2009), and Layers of Song (Finishing Line Press 2011). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Verse Daily. In 2015, she won the SC Poetry Society Forum Prize. Her poem, "Transmigration," winner of the NC Poetry of Witness Award published in Pinesong, was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. She will read from her book, Stones Ripe for Sowing (Press 53 2018).

February 7
Grace Ocasio and Tim Conroy

Grace Ocasio, a Pushcart Prize nominee, placed as a finalist in the 2016 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award in Poetry. She is also a recipient of the 2014 North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Project Grant. Her poetry has appeared in Rattle, Court Green, and The Chaffin Journal. Her book, Hollerin from This Shack, was published by ahadada books in 2009.

Tim Conroy is a poet and former educator. His work has been published in journals, magazines, and compilations, including Fall Lines, Jasper, UGA Press, and Marked by Water. In 2017, Muddy Ford Press published his first book of poetry, Theologies of Terrain, edited by Ed Madden, poet laureate of Columbia. A founding board member of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, established in his brother’s honor, Tim Conroy lives in Columbia.

March 7
Pat Riviere-Seel, with Open Mic

Pat Riviere-Seel is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Nothing Below but Air, a semifinalist for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Her chapbook, The Serial Killer’s Daughter, received the Roanoke- Chowan Award. She has taught in the UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program and was the NC Poetry Society’s Distinguished Poet for Western North Carolina from 2016-2018.

The Open Mic will follow the featured reading. All who attend are invited to read one of their own poems. (Please keep your reading to a single poem no longer than a page.) We"ll all look forward to hearing a variety of voices, including yours. Please join in!

April 4
Ashley Mace Havird and David Havird

Ashley Mace Havirdgrew up on a tobacco farm in South Carolina. The current Poet Laureate of Caddo Parish, Louisiana, she has published three collections of poems, including The Garden of the Fugitives, which won the 2013 X. J. Kennedy Prize. Her poems and short stories have appeared widely in anthologies and in journals such as The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review,and Shenandoah. Lightningstruck, winner of the 2015 Ferrol Sams Award, is her first novel.

A native South Carolinian, David Havird is the author of two verse collections: Map Home (2013) and Penelope’s Design (2010), which won the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. He has new poems in recent issues of The American Journal of Poetry, The Hopkins Review, and Literary Imagination. He teaches at Centenary College of Louisiana.

Programs 2018

January 11 (2nd Thursday!)
Alice Osborn and Ann Herlong-Bodman

Poet, musician, songwriter and writing coach Alice Osborn is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose language is tough, sanguine, funny and, above all, memorable. Her latest book, Heroes Without Capes, is a collection of dramatic monologues and narrative poems addressing themes of heroism and loneliness.

Ann Herlong-Bodman, prize winning poet, educator and "recovering sailor," infuses her poetry with sailing and the majesty of wind and water in small parables full of wisdom. Her latest book, released by Press 53, is Loose in Far-away Places.

February 1
Maya Marshall and Lester Boykin

Maya Marshall, writer and assistant director of the USC Writing Center and managing editor of Pank, explores the essential roles women and work play in the economy and in defining the mythology of American beauty.

Lester Boykin (a.k.a. "Bless") is a spoken word artist who performs throughout the Midlands, as well as doing photography, music production and studio engineering.

March 1
Barrett Warner, with Open Mic

Barrett Warner is a surreal and dark poet called a "mixture of the Marx Brothers, Russell Edson and James Tate, with touches of Dorothy Parker and H.P. Lovecraft." The author of Why Is It So Hard to Kill You?, My Friend Ken Harvey, and Until I’m Blue in the Face, he has won numerous poetry prizes.

The Open Mic will follow the featured reading. All who attend are invited to read one of their own poems. (Please keep your reading to a single poem no longer than a page.) We"ll all look forward to hearing a variety of voices, including yours. Please join in!

April 5
Curtis Derrick and Young Poets

Curtis Derrickis a preacher’s son who turned from the pulpit to poetry, winning fellowships from the SC Academy of Authors and SC Arts Commission. A teacher for over four decades, his poetry has appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies. Representatives of the Friends of Waccamaw Library’s annual Young Poets writing competition will treat us to the future of poetry!

Programs 2017

January 5
Brookgreen Gardens: Nights of a Thousand Candles

Editor Linda Ketron and photographer Anne Swift Malarich will talk about the experience of publishing this beautiful book (CLASS, 2016) celebrating Christmas and the winter holiday season at Brookgreen Gardens. Several contributors will read their poetic responses to the book’s images.

February 2
Jennifer Bartell and Len Lawson

Jennifer Bartell teaches at Spring Valley High School in Columbia. She has an MFA from the University of South Carolina; and her poetry has appeared in Callaloo, Pluck!, and the museum of americana, among others.

Len Lawson is the author of the chapbook Before the Night Wakes You (Finishing Line Press) and co-founder of the Poets Respond to Race initiative. Recent honors include a fellowship from Callaloo Creative Writing. He teaches writing at Central Carolina Technical College.

March 2
Jonathan Kevin Rice with Open Mic

Jonathan Kevin Rice, of Charlotte, is a poet and visual artist. His most recent poetry collection is Killing Time (Main Street Rag, 2015). He is also the founding editor of Iodine Poetry Journal.

The Open Mic will follow Jonathan’s reading. All who attend are invited to read one of their own poems. (Please keep your reading to a single poem no longer than a page.) We’ll all look forward to hearing a variety of voices, including yours. Please join in!

April 6
Kate Daniels: Rough South Poetry

Nationally known poet Kate Daniels, professor and Director of Creative Writing at Vanderbilt, is the author of several poetry collections—the latest, A Walk in Victoria’s Secret. Among her many honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship and Pushcart Prize. She will offer a reading of her poems, including her work in the new anthology Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry (USC Press, 2016).

Introducing her will be co-editor Daniel Cross Turner, who will also talk about the anthology’s focus. Author George Singleton describes Hard Lines as "a wonderful selection of writers wrestling with, and extolling, the most intricate, beautiful, and perplexing aspects of our South."

Programs 2013

January 10, second Thursday this month!
Kickoff with Local Poets:  
Caroline Cahill, Jim Rogers, Susan Scheno


Caroline Cahill’s poetry has appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review and Copper Nickel. A Myrtle Beach native, she teaches at Coastal Carolina University. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University (2011) and a BA in Communications from the College of Charleston (2006). During her studies she served as an editorial intern for Crazyhorse and Blackbird journals.

Jim R. Rogers is the author of Starts And Stops Along The Way, a personal memoir with observations, philosophies, hopes and dreams, success and failures of a life lived so far. For 15 years he was a columnist for a regional specialty newspaper. He also worked in television, advertising, and production before becoming a Parenting and Family Life Educator.


Susan Scheno is the author of the chapbook Woman of Water, Woman of Sand, published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. Her poems have also appeared in The State  newspaper, Journey-Work of the Sea, Kakalak 2009, the New Hampshire Troubador, and elsewhere. A native of Hudson Falls and Long Island, NY, she currently lives in Pawleys Island, where she writes surrounded by water.


February 7
Hastings Hensel and Jennifer Pournelle   

Hastings Hensel is the author of Control Burn, which won the 2011 Iron Horse Literary Review Single-Author Contest. His poetry and book reviews have appeared in The South Carolina Review, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Cave Wall, Pleiades, The Hopkins Review, and other journals. He lives in Murrells Inlet, teaches at Coastal Carolina University, and is a regular feature writer for South Carolina Living magazine.

Jennifer Pournelle is the author of Excavations, A City Cycle, which won the SC Poetry Book Prize (Univ. of SC Press, 2011), and Outies, a work of science fiction. A Research Fellow at USC, she is an archaeologist and anthropolist best known for reconstructing landscapes surrounding ancient cities. She formerly served as a US Army intelligence officer and arms control negotiator.



March 7
Keith Flynn, poet & musician

Keith Flynn is the author of five collections of poetry: Colony Collapse Disorder (Wings Press, 2013), The Golden Ratio (2007), The Lost Sea (2000), The Book of Monsters (1994), and The Talking Drum (1991). His first collection of essays, The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How To Make Your Poetry Swing, was published by Writer’s Digest Books in 2007. His poems have appeared in hundreds of national and international journals and anthologies, including The American Literary Review, Crazyhorse, Shenandoah,  Rattle, and Southern Poetry Review. He is also the founder and editor of The Asheville Poetry Review.

In 1987 Flynn formed the nationally acclaimed rock band, The Crystal Zoo, which produced three albums: Swimming Through Lake Eerie (1992), Pouch (1996) and Nervous Splendor (2003), an innovative compilation of music and spoken word. He is currently touring with his combo, The Holy Men, whose first album, LIVE at Diana Wortham Theatre, was released in 2011. To read more about this nationally recognized poet, editor, and musician, go to his website, keithflynn.net


April 4
Sally Logan, Emily Rosko


Sally Logan is the author of two chapbooks, Garden Lessons and Vigils for the Dead. Her poetry has been published in many journals, including Tar River Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, Crucible, and Asheville Poetry Review. She has been featured as Poet of the Week on the North Carolina Arts Council website (Feb. 2006) and was the 2010 Chair of the North Carolina Writers Conference.

Emily Rosko’s books include Prop Rockery, winner of the 2011 Akron Poetry Prize; Raw Goods Inventory, awarded the 2005 Iowa Poetry Prize; and A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line. She has received the Stegner, Ruth Lilly, and Jacob K. Javits fellowships. She is assistant professor at the College of Charleston and poetry editor for Crazyhorse.