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
Alan Michael Parker with Deborah Lawson Scott

Alan Michael Parker is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Davidson College; he is also a Core Faculty Member in the Queens University low-res MFA. Among his awards are three Pushcart Prizes, a poem in Best American Poetry, the Fineline Prize from the Mid-American Review, and the Medwick Award from PSA. He has written three novels and seven collections of poems, most recently Long Division (Tupelo Press, June, 2012).

PSSC President Deborah Lawson Scott, a native Baltimorean, lived in Miami for 25 years before moving to Charleston in 2003, and also spends time in the Catskills and Stockholm. Her lyric poems reflect these varied landscapes; as a Long Table Poet, she also enjoys collaborative writing. She is an MFA graduate of Queens University of Charlotte and among her numerous poetry prizes is the DuBose & Dorothy Heyward Society Prize. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including My South, Poetry in the South, Kakalak, and Boomtown.

September 15
Seminar with Alan Michael Parker

October 12
David St. John with Anna Journey

David St. John has received NEA, Guggenheim Foundation, and Rome fellowships, an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the O. B. Hardison Prize for teaching and poetic achievement, and the George Drury Smith Lifetime Achievement Award. Among his ten volumes of poetry is Study for the World’s Body, nominated for The National Book Award in Poetry; Where the Angels Come Toward Us is his collection of essays, interviews, and reviews. He teaches at The University of Southern California and lives in Venice Beach.

Anna Journey is the author of two collections of poetry: Vulgar Remedies (Louisiana State University Press, 2013) and If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting (University of Georgia Press, 2009), selected by Thomas Lux for the National Poetry Series. She teaches creative writing at the University of Southern California.

October 13
Seminar with David St. John

November 9
Jillian Weise
Poet and playwright Jillian Weise is the author of a poetry collection, The Amputee’s Guide to Sex, and a novel, The Colony. Her work has appeared in A Public Space, The New York Times, Tin House and elsewhere. Her manuscript The Book of Goodbyes won the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, and will be published by BOA in Fall 2013. She wrote some of these poems while on a Fulbright Fellowship in Argentina. She is an Assistant Professor at Clemson.

November 10
Seminar with Jillian Weise

December 14
Holiday Party, for PSSC Members Only

January 11
Open Mic

February 8
Paul Allen

Poet and songwriter Paul Allen received the SC Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award (George Mason University), the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize for American Crawl, the Distinguished Research Award from The College of Charleston, and a Pushcart Prize. Ground Forces (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2008), poet Andrew Hudgins says, is about "brokenness and, with richly explored theological implications, everything in the broken world, the fallen world." Allen retired Professor Emeritus from the College of Charleston, and currently lives on the road in a camper.

February 9
Seminar with Paul Allen

March 8
Keith Flynn

Keith Flynn, founder and editor of The Asheville Poetry Review, has authored four collections of poetry, most recently The Golden Ratio (2007). His poems have appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, The Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Rattle, and hundreds of others. He has been nominated six times for the Pushcart Prize, was awarded the Paumanok Poetry Prize in 1996, and has given thousands of performances from his work across North America and abroad. In 2005 and 2006, Flynn served as the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for North Carolina, working to promote the cultural importance of poetry in his home state.

March 9
Seminar with Keith Flynn

April 12
Brian Turner

Soldier-poet Brian Turner is author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise (2010) and the award-winning Here, Bullet (2005). His poetry has been published in Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review, and other journals, and included in the documentaries Voices in Wartime and Operation Homecoming. He earned the MFA from the University of Oregon and has lived abroad in South Korea. In 2009, Turner was selected as one of fifty United States Artists Fellows.

April 13, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Seminar with Brian Turner

May 10
Annual Forum with 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.

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

10:00 a.m. until noon, changed to the fourth Saturday of every month, starting September 2012. Holiday adjustments will be made.

Open to PSSC members and Charleston Library Society members only.

September 22, Deborah Lawson Scott
October 27, Richard Garcia
November, To Be Announced

For more information, contact PSSC.