The Poetry Society of South Carolina
Monthly Programs

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General Information

All programs, except as noted, are held monthly in downtown Charleston at:

  Second Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
  342 Meeting Street (at Ashmead)  [map]
  Charleston, SC
  7:00 p.m.

Readings are free and open to the public. A book signing and reception follow the program.

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September 11
Lynn Thompson

Lynne Thompson’s first full-length manuscript, Beg No Pardon, was the winner of the 2007 Perugia Press First Book Award as well as the 2008 Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Thompson’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, Poetry International, Spillway and the online zine Chaparral Poetry, among others.

September 12
Seminar with Lynne Thompson, “The Business of Poetry”
How do we best approach compiling and submitting work for publication in print and online journals? How is this process different from the submission of full-length manuscripts to contests and other publishers? And once we have our book in print, how do we promote the work through readings and other activities in the poetry community? Time permitting, participants will also be led in exercises designed to generate new work. Click here to sign up.

October 9
Bryan Penberthy

A former AWP Intro Award winner, Bryan Penberthy lives in Charleston. He holds an MFA from Purdue University, where he was poetry editor for Sycamore Review. His poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, West Branch, Bat City Review, River Styx, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. His debut collection of poetry, Lucktown (2007), was awarded the National Poetry Review Book Prize.

October 10
Seminar with Bryan Penberthy, “The Poetic Sequence”
Details to be announced. Click here to sign up.

November 13
Doug Van Gundy

Doug Van Gundy's poems and essays have appeared in The Oxford American, Ecotone, Waccamaw, and other journals. His first book of poems, A Life Above Water, was published in 2007 by Red Hen Press. He has read at various venues from New York to Los Angeles. Doug plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, and mandolin in the old-time duo, Born Old. He lives in Elkins, West Virginia, and teaches at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

November 14
Seminar with Doug Van Gundy, “Traditional Music and Poetry”
Details to be announced. Click here to sign up.

December 12
Christmas Party for PSSC members.
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January 8
Open Mic with Emcee to Be Announced

February 12
Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson has published four collections of poetry, including Terrestrials, winner of the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Award (2004), and The Interpretation of Waking Life, winner of the Arkansas Poetry Award (1991). He coordinates the Department of Writing and Linguistics’ creative writing concentration at Georgia Southern University.

February 13
Seminar with Eric Nelson, “The Love Poem”
Details to be announced. Click here to sign up.

March 12
Malena Mörling

Malena Mörling grew up in southern Sweden. Her books are Ocean Avenue, (New Issues Press Poetry Prize, 1998) and Astoria, (Pittsburgh Press, 2006). Her poems have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, Washington Post Book World and numerous other periodicals. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, she teaches Creative Writing at UNC, Wilmington and the Low Residency MFA program at New England College.

March 13
Seminar with Malena Mörling, “On Translation”
Details to be announced. Click here to sign up.

April 9
Dennis Ward Stiles

Dennis Ward Stiles grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Illinois. He served thirty years in the Air Force as a pilot and military diplomat. He has published widely in journals, has five chapbooks, Saigon Tea (2000), Black Mirrors (2003), Spit (2004), A Strange Wind Rises (2006), and Humdinger (2007), and a full-length collection, The Fire in Which We Burn (2009). He lives in Charleston with his wife Mary Jane.

May 8
Annual Forum with Bryan Penberthy

May or June
Workshop at Debordieu
Details to be announced