General Information


Second Thursday in January
First Thursdays, February - April
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, and PSSC.

For further info about the events, contact Linda Ketron,
phone 843-234-3422.

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 2017-2018

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!

February 9
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.”