This is just a tease for a project that will run through April, which is National Poetry Month.
This Sunday, March 13 at 3pm at the Columbia Museum of Art, there will be a launch event for my new book of poetry titled Ark. Ark is about a son’s return home, a father’s death from cancer, and the gifts of healing found in the care of the dying.
The event is free and open to the public.
On Sunday, November 1, One Columbia and The Comet will host the launch of our city’s first major poetry as a public art program—poems on city buses—with a rolling poetry reading on a downtown bus route followed by a celebration and reading at Tapp’s Art Center (1644 Main).
Repost from The Jasper Blog.
To celebrate this project, there will be an event titled “Poetry 101” held on November 1. A number of poets will be reading on COMET Route 101 North Main, rotating at select stops. After the rolling reading, the event will proceed at the Tapp’s Arts Center (1644 Main), where there will be light refreshments, and a poetry reading. Anyone who would like to ride along with the poets should report at the Sumter Street Transit Center (1780 Sumter) at 3:30pm. Limited seating, first come, first served.
As an added bonus, all rides on Route 101 North Main will be free to any riders all day on November 1!
Audio from WordPlay with Jeff Davis, recorded on 5 July 2015. WordPlay is the live poetry interview show at WSFM-LP 103.3 in Asheville NC, Asheville Free Media community radio station.
A reading of the poem “When we’re told we’ll never understand” from “Hercules and the Wagoner: Reflections, South Carolina, June 17-22, 2015.” This poem was written in response to the tragedy at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC and in conjunction with the efforts to remove the Confederate flag from the SC Statehouse grounds.
The poem was originally read as part of the Take It Down rally at the Statehouse on June 20, 2015 and reprinted in both the Free Times and The State Newspaper.
“A New Day Dawns” written and read by poet Nikki Finney.
I’ll be leading a series of FREE writing workshops (every Tuesday evening in July between 6:30pm-8pm), culminating with a public poetry reading and open mic event at the Richland Library.
- Tuesday, July 7 — Bank of America Conference Room
- Tuesday, July 14 — Bank of America Conference Room
- Tuesday, July 21 — Bank of America Conference Room
- Tuesday, July 28 — Film & Sound
Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Share what you’ve created or honed during the workshop, and listen to other talented community members perform their verse.
Don’t miss your chance to work with me and snag one of these high-demand spots!
Registration is required, and space is limited. Register online by visiting the event listings on the Richland Library website. You must register for each session separately, with the exception of the final Poetry Reading and Open Mic. For that event, first dibs to read/perform will be given to those who have participated in the preceeding workshops, and others can sign up in person prior to the event start.