South Carolina

In 2013 the governor of South Carolina appointed Marjory Wentworth the state's poet laureate. Marjory Wentworth’s poems have appeared in numerous books, magazines, and anthologies. She is the author of three books of poetry (Noticing Eden, Despite Gravity, The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle) as well as Shackles, a children's book. She has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize five times. Educated at Mt. Holyoke College, Wentworth received her M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from New York University. She teaches Creative Writing and English at The Art Institute of Charleston.

In 2016 Marcus Amaker was named the first poet laureate of Charleston, South Carolina.

upcoming events

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Nov 09 2017 to Nov 10 2017
Ross Gay and Gregory Pardlo at the Pee Dee Fiction & Poetry Festival

Join acclaimed and award-winning poets Ross Gay and Gregory Pardlo at the 2017 Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival, presented by Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. 

Ross Gay is the author of three books: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. He teaches at Indiana University.

Gregory Pardlo’s ​collection​ Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors​ include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf.

The Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival originated in 2006 as the Pee Dee Fiction Festival, the brainchild of Francis Marion University President Luther F. Carter. Now an annual autumn event coordinated by members of the Francis Marion University English faculty, the festival has expanded to include poets as well as fiction writers.

festival schedule

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10:00am to 8:00pm
Francis Marion University, 4822 E Palmetto St
29506 Florence, South Carolina

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Literary Magazine South Carolina Review South Carolina
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Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The Book Dispensary South Carolina
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poems

poem

I’m home. I’m not home. I’m on the road or
Off it, briefly. I’ve been out of place. I’ve been

Taking familiar walks. I like the boardwalk. I like
The swamp. I feel ill at ease. I feel fine.

As August ends, I’m thick and cold. As I circle
Above a tide of cypress knees, of webs,

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A volunteer, a Daughter of the Confederacy,
receives my admission and points the way.
Here are gray jackets with holes in them,
red sashes with individual flourishes,
things soft as flesh. Someone sewed
the gold silk cord onto that gray sleeve
as if embellishments
could keep a man alive.

I have been reading