South Carolina

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. Currently, she teaches Creative Writing and English at The Art Institute of Charleston, and serves as the Poet Laureate of South Carolina.

upcoming events

date
Jul 08 2016
Dave Day

Dave, born into slavery, lived for the first three-quarters of the 19th century in the Edgefield District of South Carolina. Thirsty for knowledge, he dared to challenge anti-slave-literacy laws by learning to read and write. He left an indelible record of his life and times in a series of original poems inscribed on his pots. This is the moment to celebrate him, for David Drake, as he was known after Freedom came, has just been inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame!

The celebration begins in Aiken at 6:00 pm on Friday, July 8 at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. SW. At the opening reception, experts on Southern Folk Pottery will exhibit examples from their collections and discuss them with attendees. Author Lucinda Clark will offer a program of local children reading poems inspired by Dave’s writings. Filmmaker George Wingard will present the prize-winning documentary film “Discovering Dave.” Refreshments will be served.

On Saturday, July 9, the celebration moves to Edgefield’s historic Courthouse Square. Festivities will begin at 11:00 am with live bluegrass music. Area artisans, including award-winning woodcarver Ike Carpenter, will demonstrate their skills. Master potter Justin Guy will recount the story of Edgefield Pottery in his newly opened studio, The Phoenix Factory. A blacksmith, painters, and other artists will exhibit their work.

6:00pm
433 Newberry St. SW
29801 Aiken, South Carolina

recent & featured listings

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Literary Magazine Yemassee South Carolina
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Writing Program University of South Carolina South Carolina
Small Press The University of South Carolina Press South Carolina
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The University of South Carolina Bookstore South Carolina
Literary Organization The Poetry Society of South Carolina South Carolina
Literary Organization The Emrys Foundation South Carolina
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The Booksmith South Carolina
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The Book Dispensary South Carolina
Literary Organization South Dakota Arts Council South Carolina

poems

poem
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.

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