The Poetry Society of South Carolina
Monthly Programs

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General Information

Readings are free and open to the public. Book signing and reception follow the program, held on the second Friday of the month in downtown Charleston at:

  The Charleston Library Society
  164 King Street (just before Queen)  
  7:00 p.m.

Seminars are also held at The Charleston Library Society, unless otherwise stated, and run from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Members $10, College of Charleston students free, all others $15.  

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September 14
Linda Annas Ferguson & Rick Mulkey

Linda Annas Ferguson is the author of Bird Missing from One Shoulder, Stepping on Cracks in the Sidewalk, Last Chance to Be Lost, and It's Hard to Hate a Broken Thing. She was the 2005 Poetry Fellow for the South Carolina Arts Commission and served as the 2003-04 Poet-in-Residence at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. She is also a recipient of the Poetry Fellowship of the South Carolina Academy of Authors. A native of North Carolina, she now lives in Charleston, SC.

Rick Mulkey is the author of four volumes of poetry including Toward Any Darkness, Bluefield Breakdown, and Before the Age of Reason. Recognition for his work includes the Charles Angoff award from The Literary Review and a Hawthornden Fellowship for a residency in Edinburgh, Scotland. His poems and essays have appeared widely in journals and anthologies including Shenandoah, Poetry East, Denver Quarterly, Connecticut Review, American Poetry: The Next Generation, and A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry. Mulkey formerly directed the MFA program at Wichita State University. He currently teaches at Converse College and directs the creative writing program.

October 12
Cherryl Floyd-Miller and Kendra Hamilton

North Carolina native Cherryl Floyd-Miller is a poet, playwright, and fiber artist. Her poetry volumes are Utterance: A Museology of Kin; Chops, which won the 2005 AIGA Gold SEED Award and is housed in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art; and Exquisite Heats, which will appear in 2008. Winner of the 2006 Poetry Daily Virginia Arts of the Book Companion Poems Contest, she recently completed a new manuscript, Hoofer, about the life of tap legend Gregory Hines, and is working on commissioned quilt projects.

Poet Kendra Hamilton is also a scholar of Southern culture and literature, an award-winning journalist, and serves as Vice Mayor of Charlottesville, VA. Her debut poetry collection is The Goddess of Gumbo. She has been published in Callaloo, Shenandoah, Southern Review, River Styx, Obsidian II, The Best of Callaloo: Poetry, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. She has won fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio program. She collaborates with artists from other disciplines, most recently on Water Table, a site-specific art installation at the 2004 Spoleto Festival USA.

November 9
Carol Ann Davis and Sheila Tombe

Carol Ann Davis’s first book, Psalm, was runner up for the 2005 Dorset Prize and will be published in October 2007 by Tupelo Press. Her poems have recently appeared in Agni, The Threepenny Review and The Southern Review. The recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the SC Arts Commission, she lives in Charleston, SC, where she directs the undergraduate creative writing program at The College of Charleston and edits Crazyhorse.

Sheila Joan Tombe is the winner of the 2006-2007 Individual Artist Fellowship Award for Poetry from the South Carolina Arts Commission. She is a professor of English at University of South Carolina at Beaufort and the current editor of Apostrophe: USCB Journal of the Arts. Her work has appeared in journals and magazines such as Fortnight, Visual Arts, and Charleston Magazine. She has also won grants and awards from The Atlanta Review, the Scriptwriters of South Carolina, the South Carolina Humanities Council, and the University of South Carolina Research Foundation.

December 14
Holiday Party

January 11
Open Mic, Jim Lundy, Emcee

Jim Lundy is active in the local open mic poetry scene as emcee and contributor for 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 has lived in Charleston since 1988 working as an mechanical engineer, landlord, and home inspector.

February 8
Alice Friman

Alice Friman's new book is The Book of the Rotten Daughter. Previous recent books are Zoo, winner of the Ezra Pound Poetry Award from Truman State and the Sheila Margaret Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club, and Inverted Fire. Her poems appear in Poetry, Georgia Review, Boulevard, Gettysburg Review, and Shenandoah, which awarded Friman the 2002 Boatwright Prize. She has won three prizes from Poetry Society of America and in 2001 was named to the Georgia Poetry Circuit. Professor Emerita at the University of Indianapolis, Friman now lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she is Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College & State University.

March 14
Sebastian Matthews

Sebastian Matthews is the author of a collection of poems, We Generous (Red Hen Press) and a memoir, In My Father's Footsteps (Norton). He co-edited, with Stanley Plumly, Search Party: Collected Poems of William Matthews. Matthews teaches at Warren Wilson College and is on faculty at the Queens University of Charlotte Low-residency MFA in Creative Writing. His poetry and prose has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Ecotone, Georgia Review, New England Review, Poetry Daily, Poets & Writers, Seneca Review, Tin House, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. Matthews was a recent recipient of a 2006 North Carolina Artist Grant. He co-edits Rivendell, a place-based literary journal.

April 11
Sandra Meek

Sandra Meek won the 2006 Dorset Prize for her poetry collection, Biogeography. For Nomadic Foundations she won the Peace Corps Writers Award in Poetry and the Georgia Author of the Year in Poetry, which she won again for Burn. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Colorado Review, and many others. Meek was awarded Editors' Choice for the 2002 James Wright Award, given by Mid-America Review. She is a professor of English at Berry College, where she teaches creative writing and contemporary literature. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana from 1989 to 1991.

May 9
Annual Forum with Lavonne J. Adams

Lavonne J. Adams is the author of two award-winning chapbooks, In the Shadow of the Mountain (Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Chapbook Award) and Everyday Still Life (Persephone Poetry Prize). She has published in numerous literary journals, most recently The Briar Cliff Review, Missouri Review, and The Cimarron Review. She teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she holds the position of BFA Coordinator. Her current project is a collection of poems based on the life and art of Georgia O’Keeffe, aided by a Summer 2007 artist-in-residency at the Harwood Museum, University of New Mexico-Taos.

Hunter Wentworth video of Adams critique
The Poetry Society is pleased to announce that Hunter Wentworth will make a video of Ms. Adams's critique available for download sometime this summer. Mr. Wentworth is currently making a documentary on Robert Jordan and appreciates our support for his efforts. For more information on the Jordan project and how to contribute, please visit

Saturday, October 20
Poetry Seminar
Cathy Smith Bowers, "Tension & the Power of the Poem"
10:00 a.m. until Noon
Coffee Underground
1 East Coffee Street
Greenville, SC
$10 for PSSC and Emrys Foundation members
$15, all others
Information: or PSSC Registration Page

Cathy Smith Bowers is the author of three collections of poetry: The Love That Ended Yesterday in Texas, Traveling in Time of Danger, and A Book of Minutes. Her poems have appeared widely in publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. She is a winner of The General Electric Award for Younger Writers, recipient of a South Carolina Poetry Fellowship, and winner of The South Carolina Arts Commission Fiction Project. While poet-in-residence at Queens University of Charlotte, she received the 2002 JB Fuqua Distinguished Educator Award. She now teaches in the Queens low-residency MFA program.

Friday, October 26
Poetry Open Mic
Hosted by The Poetry Society of South Carolina
9:00 p.m., venue to be announced
South Carolina Writers Workshop 17th Annual Writers Conference
Friday, October 26 - Sunday, October 28
Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, Myrtle Beach
Information and registration: or or 864-370-9262

March 15, 2008
Poetry Seminar
Sebastian Matthews, "Space Is the Place: Using Classic Film Techniques to Deepen a Sense of Place in Poetry"
10 AM - noon; location to be announced
$10 for PSSC members, $15 for others
For bio, please see March 14 program

May 3, 2008
Poetry Workshop
Cathy Smith Bowers, "Generating New Poems"
10 AM - 3 PM, Debordieu Beach Club, Georgetown, SC
$40 for PSSC and NCPS members, $50 for others
For bio, please see October 20 seminar
For registration information, please click here
The Poetry Society has hosted writers groups regularly since the early 1920s.  Poetry Society members are invited to attend free of charge for support and critique of their poetry.

Charleston Library Society

Richard Garcia, Moderator
2:00 p.m., changed to the first Sunday of every month, starting September 2011.
Open to PSSC members only.
For more information, contact PSSC.