Feed the Dream: The Palmetto Poets' Place

SHERWIN BITSUI is originally from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. Currently, he lives in Tucson, Arizona. He is Dine of the Todich'ii'nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tl'izilani (Many Goats Clan).He holds an AFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing Program.

He is the recipient of the 2000-01 Individual Poet Grant from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, the 1999 Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Marfa Residency and more recently, a 2006 Whiting Writers’ Award. Sherwin has published his poems in American Poet, The Iowa Review, Frank (Paris), Lit Magazine, and elsewhere. His poems were also anthologized in Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century. He is the author of Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press 2003). His latest book, Flood Song, was released in October of 2009 from Copper Canyon Press

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2011 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize
Saturday January 1 - Tuesday March 1

Every year the South Carolina Poery Initiative hosts a book prize that invites writers to submit unbpublished collections of original poems. Visit the Book Prize page for more details.

Winners will be announced at a celebratory event in April.

For more information, contact Charlene Spearen at cmspeare@mailbox.sc.edu or (803) 777-0307

The Poetry Initiative is committed to serving the needs of poets in South Carolina
through programs, events and resources that help enhance the sense of
community among poets across the state, and that, in practical ways, provide
opportunities for the development of South Carolina's poets.

To achieve this the Initiative has established three major poetry contests,
a series of workshops, a network for poets to communicate with each other
and to get information about opportunities for poets in the state, and opportunities
for poets to be involved in various poetry programs taking place in South Carolina.

A central part of the mandate of the Poetry Initiative is to reach school-aged
children with the passion and appreciation of poetry.

By combining research, training, extensive workshops and events with young
people, residencies in schools, participation in writing programs in schools and
community organizations, running writing camps, sponsoring and judging contests,
serving as consultants for school media centers and teachers, and by conducting
in-service workshops with teachers and administrators, the Poetry Initiative
reaches thousands of young people each year with the message that an
appreciation of poetry can enhance their education and the quality of their lives.

The Poetry Initiative partners with community organizations to bring poetry to the
larger South Carolina Public. These partnerships help pool resources to bring
poets closer to the community. Many institutions and organizations have existing
programs that celebrate the poetic arts in the state.

The Poetry Initiative brings to these partnerships extensive experience in
programming, connections with poets and a galvanizing promotional force that
has allowed us to ally with museums, libraries, businesses and community arts
organizations to connect poets and the general public in creative and mutually
beneficial ways.


2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize
Cave Canem is now accepting submissions for the 2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, an annual first-book award dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by African American poets. Patricia Smith will serve as final judge.

The deadline is April 30, 2011, and you can click here to for the full guidelines. 

Kwame Dawes, Voices from Haiti
Since the earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12th 2010, Kwame Dawes has traveled to Haiti four times to write about the lives of people since the quake with funding from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting...

2010 Poetry Chapbook Contest Winners
And the winners are....

Looking for Published African American Poets of the Carolinas
Dr. Kwame Dawes is looking for poets interested in possibly being included in an anthology of African American poetry of North and South Carolina.

Susan Myers featured on American Life in Poetry
South Carolina resident and poet Susan Myers has her poem "Mother, Washing Dishes" featuered on http://www.americanlifeinpoetry.org/ this week.

World Reknowned African-American Poet Lucille Clifton passed away
Lucille Clifton, winner of numerous awards and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee passed away this past Saturday in Baltimore. Her work touched the lives of many around the globe, and her voice became as distinct as any. 

New Book of Poems by Ken Autrey
Ken Autrey’s collection of poems, Pilgrimsis scheduled for release in March 2010 and is available for discount advance order now....

More Exciting News about Kwame Dawes
Kwame Dawes's work is receiving even more acclaim...

Kwame Dawes’ Hope: Living and Loving with HIV/AIDS in Jamaica wins an Emmy
Kwame Dawes’ Hope: Living and Loving with HIV/AIDS in Jamaica wins an Emmy