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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Mar 29 2018
Poetic Conversations: Women Witnessing the World through Words

When women speak of what they have witnessed, mountains metaphorically move. 

Patricia Starek began writing poems as a teenager before becoming a member of the Asheville, N.C., slam team in 1996. She co-wrote and performed Stepsisters, a two-woman dialogue on race, womanhood, and friendship with Peace Center Poet-in-Residence Glenis Redmond. Currently, she develops intervention programs for struggling readers for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  

Sabrina Hayeem-Ladani is a multi-genre performer. She studied theater at Marymount Manhattan College, trained as a flamenco dancer in Spain, coached a team to the National Poetry Slam, and opened in concert for Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Her poems can be seen in various publications, including in the anthology So Much Things To Say: One Hundred Poems of Calabash and The Wide Shore, a journal of global women's poetry.

Poetic Conversations feature readings, conversations, and talkbacks with esteemed poets, moderated by the Peace Center’s award-winning Poet-in-Residence, Glenis Redmond. Poetic Conversations welcome literary giants to the stage and embrace topics that reflect the diversity of our communities. Events are free of charge, reaching a broad audience brought together through the power of the written and spoken word.

The program underscores the need for intimate, relevant, and meaningful interactions impacting our community and the world today. Poets share stories of the human condition and invite the community to gather, listen, and reflect in a robust talkback about the poetic exchange they witnessed. It is a place for all to speak and be heard.

Poetic Conversations celebrate inclusivity by exploring one’s own value and voice.

101 West Broad Street
29601 Greenville , South Carolina

recent & featured listings

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Reading Series Emrys Reading Room South Carolina
Writing Program University of South Carolina South Carolina
Writing Program Converse College South Carolina
Conference South Carolina Humanities Festival South Carolina
Small Press The University of South Carolina Press South Carolina
Literary Magazine Illuminations Literary Magazine South Carolina
Literary Magazine South Carolina Review South Carolina
Literary Magazine Yemassee South Carolina
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The Book Dispensary South Carolina
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The Booksmith South Carolina


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 

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,