General Information


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 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."