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Poetry Initiative hosts book launch Aug. 28

The University of South Carolina’s S.C. Poetry Initiative will host a book launch for Columbia native and poet DéLana R. A. Dameron’s “How God Ends Us” Friday, Aug. 28, at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios.

DéLana R. A. Dameron
DéLana R. A. Dameron

The book launch will be held 6:30 – 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The gallery is located at 808 Lady Street in downtown Columbia.

“How God Ends Us” is the fourth winner of the S.C. Poetry Initiative’s annual South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. The book of poetry was published this spring by the University of South Carolina Press (96 pages, $14.95).

The book launch will be a homecoming for the 24-year-old poet, who lives in New York City and is spending most of August in residency at The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in rural New York. Earlier this year, Dameron read from her book in New York City, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, N.C., and Washington D.C.

The poetry in “How God Ends Us” explores the timeless spiritual questions that have no answers. Pulitizer Prize finalist Elizabeth Alexander writes in the book’s forward that the speakers in Dameron’s poetry “are ruthless with the poem-making self but filled with compassion for the world they encounter.” Carl Phillips, a National Book Award finalist, calls the poems “rich with the arresting image, ever graceful…(and) argue for witness as the only way of knowing – of being somehow grateful for – a world that is always leaving us, even as we ourselves must leave it.”

For more information about the Aug. 28 book launch and other S.C. Poetry Initiative events, including the upcoming 2009 Poet’s Summit on Sept. 19, contact Charlene Spearen at 803-777-5492 or via e-mail at or visit the Web site:

The South Carolina Poetry Initiative
The South Carolina Poetry Initiative, which falls under the umbrella of the University of South Carolina’s department of English, is the state’s premiere organization devoted to promoting the art of writing, reading and performing poetry. Founded and directed by English professor and poet Kwame Dawes in the fall of 2004, and with assistance from poet and associate director Charlene Spearen, the SCPI has brought increased attention to South Carolina poets and lovers of poetry through its contests, publishing initiatives, workshops, schools program, readings and advocacy for the importance of poetry in the lives of South Carolinians.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 08/21/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 08/28/09 @ 1:34 PM | Permalink

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