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Summit to showcase poets from across South Carolina

Acclaimed poet and human-rights activist Carolyn Forche will keynote the upcoming S.C. Poetry Initiative, hosted by the University of South Carolina Arts Institute on Oct. 30.

The initiative will bring noted poets from across the state to the South Carolina Poets Summit at the Columbia Museum of Art.

More than 30 poets will present during the event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., focusing on the theme, “Poet as a Witness.”

The summit is free and open to the public.

The summit’s goal is to create a place where poets and those who enjoy poetry can come together and celebrate their passion and to learn about what is happening across the state in this specific art.

Forche, author of four acclaimed books of poetry, is the director of the Lannan Center for Poetry and Poetics at Georgetown University and winner of the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award in recognition of her human-rights work.

“Each year, we try to remind ourselves of why this summit was conceived in the first place,” said Kwame Dawes, director of the Poetry Initiative and the Arts Institute, Distinguished Poet in Residence and Louis Frye Scudder Professor at the University of South Carolina. “To top it off, Carolyn Forche is coming and will help us understand the importance of poets as, first, citizens of this world and, secondly, as instruments to be used to find language for the things they have witnessed in their hearts and through their senses.”

Noted poets representing the Upstate, Midlands and Lowcountry will present their work during sessions throughout the day. Winners of the 2010 Poetry Initiative Chapbook contest will be announced during a lunch ceremony.

For more information or to set up interviews, contact Jeffrey Day at the Arts Institute, jday@mailbox.sc.edu or 803 777-1731.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 10/24/10 @ 3:05 PM | Updated: 10/24/10 @ 3:10 PM | Permalink

South Carolina Poets Summit

  • When: Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Columbia Museum of Art

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