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.
Want to push your writing to a new level? Want to learn more about craft and voice? Image and indirection. Honesty and lies, making the abstract concrete. Finding a voice, telling a story.
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.
July 15 is the deadline to submit your poetry for the bus system, The COMET!
In January 2015, the City of Columbia, SC appointed it’s first poet laureate, Dr. Ed Madden. Charged with “encouraging appreciation and creating opportunities for dissemination of poetry in Columbia, promoting the appreciating and knowledge of poetry among the youth, and to act as a spokesperson for the growing number of poets and writers in Columbia.”
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