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
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.
Jun 03 2018
Marilyn Nelson will read from her works that include Faster Than Light, winner of the 2013 Milton Kessler Poetry Award. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, into a military family, Marilyn Nelson is a three-time finalist for the National Book Award and an accomplished poet, children’s verse author, and translator. She has won two Pushcart Prizes, two Yaddo residencies, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the 2012 Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America. Nelson is a professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut at Storrs and was Connecticut’s poet laureate from 2001 to 2006. In 2013, she was elected as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Nelson is the daughter of one of the last of the Tuskegee Airmen. Her mother was a teacher. She spent much of her youth living on different military bases and began writing poetry in elementary school. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Davis and holds an MA from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from the University of Minnesota.
2:00pm to 4:00pm
325 Country Club Drive29412 Charleston, South Carolina
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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,