Feed the Dream: The Palmetto Poets' Place

Dan Albergotti
Associate Professor
Coastal Carolina University
1019 4th Avenue
Apt. 208
Conway, SC  29526
843-855-0490 (cell/home)
843-349-2420 (office)

Dan Albergotti is the author of The Boatloads (BOA Editions, 2008), selected by Edward Hirsch as the winner of the 2007 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize.  His poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Pushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the Small Presses.  A graduate of the MFA program at UNC Greensboro and former poetry editor of The Greensboro Review, Albergotti currently teaches creative writing and literature courses and edits the online journal Waccamaw at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC.

The Boatloads (BOA Editions, 2008), winner of the 2007 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize
Charon's Manifest (chapbook – North Carolina Writers' Network, 2005), winner of the 2005 Randall Jarrell Prize
Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale (broadside – Oneiros Press, 2006), winner of the 2006 Oneiros Press Poetry Broadside Contest

Ken Autrey
Department of English
Francis Marion University
Florence, SC 29502
Office: 843-661-1512
Home: 803-731-9745
Cell: 843-409-2788

Ken Autrey, a resident of Columbia, has taught English at Francis Marion University since 1989. He holds a B.A. degree from Davidson College, an M.A. degree from Auburn University,a Ph.D. degree from the University of South Carolina, and an honorary doctorate from Francis Marion. At FMU, he has served as Coordinator of the Composition Program and as Chair of the Faculty. He teaches creative wriitng (poetry), introductory composition, advanced writing, and literary nonfiction. Previously, he taught secondary school English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, middle school English in upstate New York, and composition at Tougaloo College in Mississippi. He took a leave from FMU 1996-97 to serve as a Visiting Professor at Hiroshima University in Japan.

Ken Autrey's articles and essays on teaching composition have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. He has published articles on James Dickey, Richard Wilbur, and Katherine Mansfield. In addition, he has published many book reviews and journalistic pieces. His nonfiction essay, "Radiation," recently appeared in Drunken Boat. He has published over 100 poems in magazines including Atlanta Review, Chattahoochee Review, Poetry Northwest, South Carolina Review, Southern Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, and many others. His poetry is found in numerous anthologies, including A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry and The Southern Poetry Anthology: South Carolina. He was one of eight writers chosen for the South Carolina Reader's Circuit in 1993 and 1994.

Laurel Blossom
204 Promised Land Rd.
Edgefield SC 29824

Blossom has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and Harris Manchester College (Oxford University), where she was elected Regent Emeritus in 2008. She co-founded The Writers Community, the esteemed writing residency and advanced workshop program of the YMCA National Writer's Voice. She serves on the Boards of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation in Vero Beach, Florida and Edgefield Regional Arts in South Carolina. She lives in rural South Carolina. Blossom belongs to The Explorers Club and the Circumnavigators Club in New York City. She lives in rural South Carolina. Blossom is the editor of Splash! Great Writing About Swimming (Ecco Press, 1996) and Many Lights in Many Windows: Twenty Years of Great Fiction and Poetry from The Writers Community (Milkweed Editions, 1997), among others. She serves on the editorial board of Heliotrope: a journal of poetry.

Laurel Blossom's book-length narrative poem, Degrees of Latitude, was published by Four Way Books in November, 2007. Her most recent book of lyric poetry is Wednesday: New and Selected Poems, Ridgeway Press, 2004. Earlier books include The Papers Said (Greenhouse Review Press, 1993), What's Wrong (Cobham & Hatherton Press, 1987), and Any Minute (Greenhouse Review Press, 1979). Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, edited by Billy Collins (Random House, 2005), and in national journals including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Pequod, The Paris Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Deadsnake Apotheosis, Many Mountains Moving, Seneca Review, and Harper's, among others. Her poetry has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and the Elliston Prize.

Dr. Butler E. Brewton
Professor Emeritus of English
Montclair State University, New Jersey
29 Trice Court
Columbia, South Carolina 29209
803 776-4101
864 901-8256 (c)

Dr. Butler Brewton taught for thirteen years at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He now resides in Columbia, South Carolina, where he commutes as an Associate Professor at South Carolina State University, Orangeburg. His poetry and other writings have appeared in various literary and commercial publications, college textbooks, and private collections. Formerly a Poet-in-Residence for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, he has given interviews and lectures on a number of radio programs, including NBC's literary series at Radio City's "Analog." He is an alumnus of Benedict College (B.A., English), Montclair State University, NJ (M.A., English), and Rutgers University where he received his Doctorate.

Rafters and Other Poems. Morristown, New Jersey, 1995.
Indian Summer. Greenville, South Carolina, 1997.
Stray Cat on a Dirt Road. Greenville, South Carolina: Sunbelt Books, Ltd., 2004.
Transitions. McDuffie, et. Al., Dubuque: Random/Hunt Publishing Company, 1994.

Debra Daniel
803-730-3691 (c) 790-1429 (h)
4424 Willingham Dr.
Columbia, SC 29206
website -- www.southernartistry.org -- listed under SC poetry, www.spr.armstrong.edu

SC Arts Commission Poetry Fellow 1994, 2006
Guy Owen Prize
SC Academy of Authors
Poetry Society of SC
Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Society Prize
Lyric, Broulik, Carruthers, Rutledge, Peale, Doyle
Post and Courier Prizes
Six SC Fiction Project prizes
Fiction scholarship
Squaw Valley Reader
Black Cat Readings
Savannah Poetry Rendezvous
Sundown Poetry Series.

Southern Poetry Review, Tar River, Gargoyle, The Poetry Society of SC Yearbook, The State newspaper, Charleston Post and Courier, Inheritance: Selections from SC Fiction Project Winners, and Twenty SC Poetry Fellows, Contents magazine, Francis Marion University Chapbook of Winning Manuscripts, upcoming in Inkwell (as finalist in annual competition).

Phebe Davidson
911 Point Road
Westminster, SC 29693

Phebe Davidson is the author of several collections of poems, most recently The Drowned Man (Finishing Line Press, 2006) and the award winning Song Dog (SC Poetry Initiative, 2006). Her work appears in poetry journals including South Carolina Review, Main Street Rag, Southern Poetry Review, Journal of New Jersey Poets, and Ekphrasis. A distinguished Professor Emerita of the University of South Carolina Aiken, she is a staff writer for The Asheville Poetry Review.

Twelve Leagues In. (Forthcoming from Spire Press in 2006)
The Drowned Man. (Finishing Line Press, 2006)
Song Dog. (SC Poetry Initiative, Stepping Stone Press, 2006)
Back to Square One: New & Selected Poems. (Mellen Poetry Press, 2003)
A Note on Demographics. The Ledge, 2002. (Chapbook, poems)
Lying Down with Grief. Poetry Society of South Carolina, 2002. (Chapbook, poems)
A Note on Demographics. (Chapbook, poems) The Ledge. 2002.
Reaching for Air: Poems. Mellen Poetry Press, 2000. (full length/poems)
The Plumage of Swans. Soundpost Press, 2000. (chapbook/poems)
Dreameater. Hopewell, NJ: Delaware Valley Poets, 1998. (full length/poems)
A Caribbean Scrapbook. Aiken, SC: TDM Press, 1998. (chapbook/poems)
The Artists' Colony. Mellen Poetry Press, 1996. (full length/poems)
The Silence and Other Poems. Mellen Poetry Press, 1995. (full length/poems)
Two Seasons. Muse-Pie Press, 1993. (full length/poems).
Milk and Brittle Bone. Muse-Pie Press, 1991. (full length/poems)

Edwin C. Epps
28 Honeysuckle Terrace
Spartanburg, SC 29307

Dr. Ed Epps, the author of Literary South Carolina (Spartanburg: Hub City Writers Project, 2004) and past editor of South Carolina Writing Teacher and Spartanburg Today, is a veteran National Board Certified Teacher and Lead Instructor for Region 1 of the SC Department of Education's Program of Alternative Certification for Educators. His poetry has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, and he is currently at work on Beautiful Duncan Park: The Story of a Classic American Ballpark. He has published a large number of freelance essays on place as well as essays on a variety of topics in educational trade journals, and he has presented on educational research and pedagogy before audiences at regional and national conferences.

"Mr. Sandburg's Place," "On Hearing of the Death in His Sleep of John Lee Hooker, 21 June 2001," and
"After Reading James Still." In Still Home: The Essential Poetry of Spartanburg, ed. Rachel Harkai
(Spartanburg: Hub City Writers Project, 2008)."Baseball Among the Rice Fields," and "What the Poet Saw." In The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume 1: South Carolina, ed. Stephen Gardner and William Wright(Huntsville, TX: Texas Review Press, 2007).
"Dog Pack Attack" and "After Reading James Still." In Savannah Literary Journal (1997).
"when I returned to Ireland via I-26: a consultant on the road."
In Drift, Vol. 1, No. 2.
"This Last Guy." In You, Year: New Poems by POINT Poets, ed. Tom Johnson (N.p.: Harbinger Publications, 1996)
"And the Eel-Grass Waves Softly Below," "Dry Leaves Blown Across the Sheets," and "After Reading James Still." In "365 Degees," ed. Tom Johnson. POINT, Vol. 4, No. 51 (January 1994)
"The Writer Scopes Out the Blue Ridge from Big Glassy" and "Doppler Effect." In Out of Unknown Hands: Writing by South Carolina Teachers/1990, ed. Libby Bernardin and Linda Kirszenbaum. ([Columbia:] The . L. Bryan Company for The Midlands Writing Project, 1990)
"Lines on the Back of a Menu, 3/19/77" and "Reflections Off the River." In Rhythms, Reflections, and Lines on the Back of a Menu, ed. Libby Bernardin and Linda Kirszenbaum ([Columbia:] The Bench Press for The Midlands Writing Project, 1988.
Additional poems published in the annual anthologies of The Spartanburg Writing Project, 1983-1994.

Linda Annas Ferguson
868 Parrot Creek Way
Charleston, SC 29412

Linda Annas Ferguson is the author of five collections of poetry: She was the 2005 Poetry Fellow for the South Carolina Arts Commission and served as the 2003-04 Poet-in-Residence for the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, S.C.  A recipient of the Poetry Fellowship of the South Carolina Academy of Authors, she is a member of the Academy's Board of Governors. She was a featured poet for the Library of Congress Poetry at Noon Series. Her work is archived by Furman University Special Collections in the James B. Duke Library. Her poetry is  featured  in anthologies including Aftershocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-shattering Events: (Sante Lucia Books); Twenty: South Carolina Poetry Fellows (Hub City Writers' Project); A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry, Ninety-Six Press, Furman University; The Southern Poetry Anthology: South Carolina (Texas Review Press);  and Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease (Kent State University Press). http://www.lindaannasferguson.com

Dirt Sandwich (Forthcoming from Press 53, September, 2009)
Bird Missing from One Shoulder (WordTech Editions, 2007)
Stepping on Cracks in the Sidewalk (Finishing Line Press, 2006)
Last Chance to Be Lost (Kentucky Writers' Coalition, 2004)
It's Hard to Hate a Broken Thing (Palanquin Press, University of S.C. Aiken, 2002)

Jayne Jaudon Ferrer
Greenville, SC

In her award-winning career as a writer, Jayne Ferrer has been a radio continuity director, advertising copywriter, newspaper columnist, magazine editor, public relations coordinator, and freelancer, and author. She has interviewed movie stars, explored subjects from llamas to nuclear power plants, judged contests, produced plays, and written scripts for everything from beauty pageants to political ads. She thinks being a poet is the best of all these jobs. Ferrer's annual tribute to National Poetry Month, "Wordwoman's Scintillating Springtime Parade of Poems," is in its eighth year and was featured in the April 2007 issue of The Writer magazine and in The Charlotte Observer in 2008.

A New Mother's Thoughts (Loyola Press, 2004; Pocket Books, 1989,1996)
A Mother of Sons (Loyola Press, 2004; Pocket Books, 1996)
Dancing with My Daughter (Loyola Press, 2004)
She of the Rib: Women Unwrapped (CRM Books, 2006)
Jayne speaks frequently in schools and libraries, at book festivals, and to women's groups on the topics of poetry, creative writing, and communication skills.

Vera Gomez

Vera Gomez is a performance poet, writer and workshop facilitator. Her first collection of poems, Barrios Voices, was published by Stepping Stone Press in October 2008. She is a 2006 South Carolina Fiction Project winner, for her short story A Dry Run. Her poems have appeared in Yemassee (2009), KaKaLak: Anthology of Carolina Poets (2006), Millennial Sampler/South Carolina Poetry Anthology (2005), Ties That Bind (2003) and Quintet (2003).
Gomez has been a finalist in the South Carolina Poetry Initiative/The State Newspaper Single Poem Contest in 2009, 2006 and 2004. She has read on Your Day, in the Greenville County Library Poets Series, the Hub City Writers reading series and for the Emrys Foundations Reading Room.  A graduate of Texas Tech University, she works as a writer in corporate communications and is an Arts Integration SmartArts poet teaching in schools. 

Barrio Voices, Stepping Stone Press, 2008

Aly Goodwin
625 Woodland St.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29302

My education includes Erskine College, Converse College, and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. In 2003, I received a James Larkin Pearson Award from the Poetry Council of North Carolina. I've resided in Spartanburg for 3 years and belong to SPOETS, a distinguished group of Spartanburg poets. I have experience conducting workshops and won numerous awards for poetry.

Men as Trees Walking, Lorien House, chapbook of my early poems
Appalachian Heritaage
The Iowa Review
A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry
Southern Poetry, Vol. I : South Carolina (publication date December, 2006)
My poems, framed, hang in the new Emergency Unit of Spartanburg Regional Medical Center

Dinah Johnson
English Professor
University of South Carolina, Columbia

Dinah (Dianne) Johnson is a native South Carolinian who received her PhD from Yale University in 1988. She currently teaches full time at USC, specializing in Creative Writing, Children's Literature, and Film. Johnson's  heart is in the world of children's literature. Her most recent book is entitled HAIR DANCE! Her other titles include QUINNIE BLUE and ALL AROUND TOWN: The Photographs of Richard Samuel Roberts. Besides exploring the world with her daughter Niani Feelings, Dinah's favorite way of spending  time is visiting school children of all ages and celebrating her love of writing through sharing  her own picture books and conducting writing workshops.

Editor of The Collected Works of Langston Hughes, Volume 11: The Works for Children. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2003.
Editor (with Catherine Lewis), African American Review, Vol. 32, no.1, (Spring 1998 special issue on African American Children's Literature).
The Best of The Brownies' Book, ed. NY: Oxford University Press, 1996. (A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies for 1997 awarded by the Children's Book Council/NCSS)
Presenting Laurence Yep. NY: Twayne Publishers, 1995. (Part of their series on authors of young adult literature).
Telling Tales: The Pedagogy and Promise of African American Literature for Youth. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1990.
All Around Town: The Photographs of Richard Samuel Roberts. NY: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, 1998.
Sunday Week, illustrated by Tyrone Geter. NY: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, 1999.
Quinnie Blue, illustrated by James Ransome. NY: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, 2000.
Sitting Pretty: A Celebration of Black Dolls, photography by Myles Pinkney. NY: Henry Holt, 2000.

Michael H. Lythgoe
247 Forest Pines Road
Aiken, SC 29803

Michael Hugh Lythgoe grew up in Evansville, Indiana on the Ohio River. He has degrees from St. Louis University, The University of Notre Dame, and an MFA from Bennington College in Vermont (where his "master poets" were Liam Rector, Stephen Sandy, Anne Winters and David Lehman). He studied with John Haines as a Jenny McKean Moore Fellow at The George Washington University in DC. He studied with the Israeli poet Moshe Dor at the The Writer's Center in Maryland. Mike is a retired officer in the USAF who served in Vietnam, Turkey, Libya, Spain, and The UK. He has traveled extensively in South American and the Caribbean. Mike directed an educational foundation, worked as a college administrator and designed courses for adult learning at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He has taught at Syracuse U., in high schools in Virginia, and at The Academy For Lifelong Learning at USC in Aiken. He regularly teaches courses on The Literature of Espionage and various poetry appreciation and craft classes. He has frequently given talks on "Poets and Faith." He has lectured on Poetry and Paintings at the Morris Museum in Augusta, GA. as part of the Arts at Lunch series. Mike Lythgoe has worked with high school and elementary school classes on poetry exercises in Virginia. He led a poetry reading series in Manassas, Virginia at a book store for 3 years. He also regularly gave readings in the Prince William County Library system in Virginia over a ten year period.

"Visions, Revisions" appeared in 1994 (The Ink Drop Press: an Imprint of ROAD Publishers in Virginia.
BRASS won the Kinloch Rivers Contest as a chapbook sponsored by the PSSC in 2006.
Mike's full collection, HOLY WEEK, appeared in 2008 and is available at Amazon..com or at The Book Stall book store in Aiken, and The Blue Bicycle in Charleston. He was a featured poet in the sundown poetry series at Spoleto in 2007, and in the Westabou Arts Festival in Augusta in 2008.
Lythgoe has published extensively in The Caribbean Writer, Windhover (poems and book reviews), Praesidium, and Christianity and Literature (poems and book reviews) His credits also include The South Dakota Review, BlueLine, PermaFrost, Innisfree Poetry Review, Potomac Review, Passager, Yemassee, Kakalak, Catfish Stew, Petigru Review, and elsewhere. He has also published a series of interviews with contemporary poets in The Writer's Chronicle (AWP), and Rock & Sling. His essay on the poetry of John Haines appeared in A Gradual Twilight. He serves as a contributing editor of Windhover. His reading of "Facing It" by Yusef Komunyakaa aired on the TV Newshour (PBS) and is featured on the CD as well as in the volume "Americans' Favorite Poems" (edited by Robert Pinsky).

Ed Madden
Associate Director/Undergraduate Advisor in Women's Studies
University of South Carolina, Columbia

English Office: 518 Humanities Office Building
Women's Studies Office: 301 Flinn Hall
(803) 777-2171
(803) 777-569

Ed Madden received his doctorate degree from the University of Texas in 1994. He is currently an associate professor of English and director of the undergraduate program in Women's & Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina.  His Specialization Areas include Twentieth-Century British Poetry, Gender Studies / Gay and Lesbian Studies, Irish Literature, and Creative Writing . Madden also serves as writer in residence at Riverbanks Botanical Gardens in Columbia and the Palmetto Center for the Arts at Richland Northeast High School.  His first book of poetry, Signals, won the 2007 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize.  He was also selected for Best New Poets 2007.  His poems have been published in many journals and anthologies, including the Notre Dame Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present.  Madden is also the author of Tiresian Poetics, a study of 20th century poetry, and co-editor of Irish Studies: Geographies and Genders.

Tiresian Poetics: Modernism, Sexuality, Voice 1888-2001.  Madison, NJ:  Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2008.
Signals.  Winner of the 2007 SC Poetry Book Prize.  Columbia SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2008.
Geographies and Genders in Irish Studies, collection of essays based on the 2006 American Conference for Irish Studies at USC, co-edited with Marti Lee.  Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.

Terri McCord
133 Alpine Way
Greenville, SC 29609
(864) 517-9048

Terri McCord's work has appeared in Seneca Review, Cortland Review, and Connecticut Review as well as other journals and anthologies. Finishing Line Press published a chapbook The Art and the Wait in 2008. The South Carolina Poetry Initiative chose her second chapbook In the Company of Animals for publication in fall, 2008.

She has won numerous awards including the South Carolina Arts Commission's 2002 Literary Fellowship, the 2007 Don Russ Poetry Prize from Kennesaw Review, 2008 Post and Courier Prize from the South Carolina Poetry Society and has received recognitions from Yemassee, the Southeast Review, and the South Carolina Review.

Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina's poet laureate, chose McCord's poem "The Healing" for first place in the 2009 SC Poetry Initiative/The State Single Poem contest.

McCord has taught in the public schools through the Arts Commission's juried artists rosters, and she has taught workshops and seminars for the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, the Fine Arts Center, the Foothills Writers Group, and Furman University. She is a visual artist as well as a poet and has artwork in public and private collections in South Carolina.

She received her MFA in poetry from Queens University in Charlotte in 2006. The Southern Arts Federation juried her onto their roster in 2005. More information and poems are available at: http://www.southernartistry.org/Terri_McCord.

Kwame Dawes, director of the Poetry Initiative, describes In the Company of Animals as "a collection that tells small, enigmatic stories that are marked by honesty, a graceful use of language and a wry intelligence."

Kakalak 2009: Carolina Poets, Summer 2009
In the Company of Animals, South Carolina Poetry Initiative 2008 Chapbook Series/Stepping Stones Press
The Art and the Wait, Finishing Line Press Chapbook Series, May 2008
Kakalak 2007: Carolina Poets, Main Street Rag Press, Summer 2007
Southern Poetry Anthology, Texas Review Press, (ed. USC/Aiken), 2007
Millennial Sampler/South Carolina Poetry Anthology, Ninety-Six Press, June 2005
Twenty/South Carolina Poetry Fellows Anthology, Hub City Press, February 2005

Ray McManus
Assistant Professor of English
University of South Carolina - Sumter

Ray McManus received his MFA in poetry and his Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of South Carolina. His poetry has appeared in many journals throughout the United States and Canada. Ray McManus's first collection of poetry, Driving through the country before you are born, was published by USC Press in 2007 and won the South Carolina Poetry Book award. His second collection of poetry, Left Behind, was published by Stepping Stones Press in 2008. Ray is the winner an Academy of American Poets Award at the University of South Carolina and the James Dickey Award for Poet. He is an Assistant Professor of English for the Division of Arts and Letters at the University of South Carolina Sumter Campus. In the summer, Ray directs the Creative Writing program at the Tri-District Arts Consortium. He is also the co-founder of Split P Soup.

Driving through the country before you are born,USC Press, 2007.
Left Behind Stepping Stones Press, 2008
Red Dirt Jesus currently under review

Arthur McMaster
Converse College
114 Moorcroft Way
Greer SC 29650

Arthur McMaster is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet. He also writes short stories and stage plays, one of which was presented on the Converse campus in 2007. He and local poet Terri McCord co-edited a volume of poems by Upstate South Carolina poets, Fruit of the Banyan Tree, published by Orchard Park Press, in 2008. He has poetry forthcoming from Poetry East.

Arthur has published two poetry chapbook, including Awkwardness, selected by the South Carolina Arts Commission Poetry Initiative for on-line review. Having previously taught creative writing for Furman and USC Upstate, Arthur now teaches writing and literature courses at Converse.

Two chapbooks, poems with North American Review, Southwest

Subtropics, The Stinging Fly (Dublin, Ireland), Poetry East, Cold Mountain Review, etc.

Rick Mulkey 
Director of Creative Writing
Converse College
Spartanburg, SC 29302
(864) 596-9111

Rick Mulkey's work appears in the anthologies American Poetry: the Next Generation, The Southern Poetry Anthology: Volume I, and A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry, among others. Individual poems and essays have appeared in a variety of venues such as Crab Orchard Review, Denver Quarterly, The Literary Review, The Connecticut Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Poet Lore, Poetry East, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review and Verse Daily. Recently he has been a visiting writer at Michigan State University, Wichita State University and Radford University, among others. Formerly the director of the MFA in Creative Writing at Wichita State University, he has taught at a number of universities and writing workshops in the United States and Europe.  His awards include the Charles Angoff Award from the Literary Review, an Eric Hoffer Award for his book Toward Any Darkness, and a Hawthornden Residency in Edinburgh, Scotland. He currently directs the low-residency MFA program at Converse College and the undergraduate BFA writing major at Converse.

Toward Any Darkness
Before the Age of Reason
Bluefield Breakdown

Susan Meyers
P.O. Box 188
Summerville, SC 29484

Susan Meyers, of Givhans, SC, is the author of Keep and Give Away (University of South Carolina Press, 2006), winner of the SC Poetry Book Prize, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Book Award for Poetry, and the Brockman-Campbell Book Award. Her chapbook Lessons in Leaving received the 1998 Persephone Press Book Award. Her poetry has also been published in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, jubilat, Tar River Poetry, and other journals,as well as the online sites Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. She is a past president of the poetry societies of both North and South Carolina. A long-time writing instructor, she has an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.

Keep and Give Away (University of South Carolina Press, 2006) - selected by Terrance Hayes for the SC Poetry Initiative's SC Poetry Book Prize and subsequent winner of the SIBA Book Award for Poetry and the Brockman-Campbell Book Award. Lessons in Leaving (Persephone Press, 1998) - selected by Brendan Galvin for the Persephone Press Book Award. Poems in various anthologies - Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems (forthcoming, 2009), After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events (2008), Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-Po Listserv (2008)
The Southern Poetry Anthology: South Carolina (2008), Kakalak: Anthology of Carolina Poets (2006, 2007, 2008), A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry (2005), Word and Witness: 100 Years of North Carolina Poetry (1999). Poems in various literary journals - including the following, among others: The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, jubilat, Tar River Poetry, The American Poetry Journal, Linebreak, Saw Palm, Cave Wall, Waccamaw: A Journal of Contemporary Literature, storySouth, Ekphrasis.Verse Daily; Poetry Daily

Topics for workshops I've taught include; syntax - "Poem Making: The Song of Syntax"; diction - "Word by Word"; lineation - "Master the Line"; surprise - "The Path of Surprise"; ekphrasis; epistolary poems - "Writing Letters from Within"; sustaining a poem - "Writing Poems, Beginning to End"; exploring a subject and/or turning from it - "Digging In"; writing poems that matter - "Writing the Necessary Poem"; writing spells, prayers, advice, petitions, etc. - "Poems of the Imperative"; writing about obsessions - "The Power of Poetry: Writing from Within"; writing about the natural world; memory - "Poetic Imagination: Writing from Memory & Personal Experience"; publishing - submitting poems, putting a book together; critique; memoir; journaling; creative jumpstarts
Workshop venues include: OLLI at Coastal Carolina University; the MFA program in creative writing at USC; North Carolina Poetry Society; libraries, colleges, high schools, museums
Mentor for Charleston County School of the Arts creative writing students, 2002-present
Residencies include: Poet-in-residence at the Gibbes Museum of Art, 2004-05; SC State Park System, Sept. 22-29, 2006

Michele Reese
Associate Professor of English
Director of the South Carolina Center for Oral Narration
USC Sumter
200 Miller Rd.
USC Sumter
Sumter, SC 29150-2498
(803) 418-0374

Dr. Michele Reese is an Associate Professor of English at USC Sumter. She teaches creative writing, world literature and American Literature. In addition, she directs the South Carolina Center for Oral Narration. The Center hosts storytellers, archives oral histories and celebrates the spoken word, including poetry. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri; MA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi; and BA in Creative Writing and Print Journalism from the University of Southern California. She is the mother of two boys and enjoys riding her bike and taking photographs.

 Dr. Reese's first book-length collection, Following Phia, was published in 2006 by WordTech Editions. Her individual poems have been published in The Paris Review, Smartish Pace, The Valparaiso Review, and several other literary journals. 

Kimberly Jane Simms
PO Box 244 Greenville, SC 29602-0244


Kimberly Jane Simms is a poet, performer, and director of the poetry non-profit Wits End Poetry. She is on the Humanities Out Loud Speaker's Bureau and is a teaching artist on the rosters of the South Carolina Arts Commission, Asheville Area Arts Council, and Metropolitan Arts Council. She is a first generation American with a Masters in English.

TV Appearances
Turner South's "My South"  (running Spring/Summer 2006)

Radio Appearances
ETV's Your Day (August 14th, 2006)
BBC Radio 1 (2000)

Honorable Mention. Kakalak 2006. Charlotte , NC .
Growing Up Girl Anthology 2006. Washington , DC .
In the Yard Anthology. 2006.
Ashville Poetry Review. Fall 2005. Asheville , NC .
Eclipse. Fall 2006. Modesto , CA .
Plains Song Review. Lincoln , NE : U of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005.
The Millennial Sampler of SC Poetry. Greenville , SC : Ninety-six Press, 2005.
Aurora Review. Spring 2005. Fayetteville , AK : Aurora , 2005.
15 poems, Quintet, Greenville , SC : Ninety-six Press, 2003.
WRIToracle. Vol. 5 Winter. Durham , NH .
From the Page to the Stage. Ann Arbor , MI : Wordsmith Press, 2003.
The Absinthe Literary Rev., Winter 2002.  Spring Green, WI
America's Intercultural Magazine. Maywood , IL : AIM Publications, 1996.
promoting poetry across state lines
Open mic every Sunday at Coffee Underground 7:30

Bonnie Stanard
2416 Terrace Way, Columbia, SC 29205

Bonnie Stanard's poetry and fiction have most recently been published in the North Atlantic Review, The MacGuffin, Reflections, Primavera, The Distillery, Phi Kappa Phi Forum, Lullwater Review, Confluence, RE:AL, and The Cumberland Poetry Review. She was writer/editor with regional publications including Rendez-vous and Fanfare when she lived in Brussels and Richmond.

"Country Song Of Carolina," Connecticut Review, Accepted for Fall 06
"Fairview Farmhouse," Phi Kappa Phi Forum, Wntr/Sp. 05
"Guitar, Hips, History," Catfish Stew Vol. III, Summer 05
"Belief Without Life," Catfish Stew Vol. III, Summer 05
"Another Man¹s Wife," Catfish Stew Vol. III, Summer 05
"Sunset On The Veranda," RE:AL Vol. 29, Sp/Fall 04
"The Vows," RE:AL Vol. 29, Sp/Fall 04
"The Weather And Time," RE:AL Vol. 29, Sp/Fall 04
"Zealots," Cumberland Poetry Review Vol. XXIII #1, Fall 03
"Computer Hacker & the Common Brain," Beacon Vol I, Fall 1998
"Suburban Habit of Going Home," Stone Country, Sp/Summer 1987

Cassie Premo Steele, Ph.D.
9 Lois Court
Columbia, SC 29210

Cassie Premo Steele is the author of three books, including her poetry collection, RUIN. She has also published over one hundred individual poems, essays, and stories in a wide range of journals, from scholarly to literary to popular presses. Her work focuses on the themes of motherhood, creativity, and physical, emotional, and spiritual health. She is a charismatic and moving reader of her poetry, as well as a dynamic public speaker. In addition to teaching in university and community settings, she also conducts workshops for the general public.

P. L. Thomas
Paul Thomas, EdD, Associate Professor
Furman University
3300 Poinsett Hwy
Greenville SC 29613
864-294-3386 (office)
864-294-3341 (fax)
864-590-5458 (cell)

P. L. Thomas began writing poetry seriously while anundergraduate at Spartanburg Methodist College in the cusp of the 1970's and1980s. He has continued to write poetry during an 18-year career as a highschool English teacher at Woodruff High and his current position as AssociateProfessor of Education at Furman University. He is a column editor for EnglishJournal, series editor for Confronting the Text, Confronting the World(Peter Lang USA), and co-editor of SouthCarolina English Teacher. He has published eight books on education andliterature and co-authored two additional books in the same fields. Poetryremains the thing he must do, but he writes poems only when they demand that hewrite them.

Thomas, P. L. (2008, September). horae. English Journal, 98(1), 15.
Thomas, P. L. (2008). Drawn to two and billboard. Still Home: The Essential Poetry of Spartanburg. Spartanburg, SC:Hub City.
Thomas, P. L. (2007, Fall). Mountainbiking. Root, 1(2), 26.
Thomas, P. L. (2007, Fall). Upon hearing Adrienne Rich speak and read her poetry. Root,1(2), 27.
Thomas, P. L. (2006, Spring). Wishingaway the bars. James Dickey Newsletter,22 (2), 41.
Thomas, P. L. (2003, Spring). rocks, scissors, paper-stoned. the echo, 11.
Thomas, P. L. (2002, November). Mary (seaof bitterness). English Journal, 92(2), 118.
Thomas, P. L. (2001, May). Poetryshowcase: if-pining, melting, leprosy, Mary (sea of bitterness), the death ofus. drift, 1 (3), 29.
Thomas, P. L. (2001, January). michaelhas a beautiful voice. drift, 1 (2),11.
Thomas, P. L. (2001, September). wishingaway the bars, bones of contention, the me not me. drift,1 (1), 16, 18.

Lucia Vega
100 Audubon Oaks Wy.
Irmo SC29063

Lucia Vega was born in Peru in 1957, and started writing poetry in her teen years. After migrating to Canada and to the USA, her words started to vibrate with a new chord. Her writing has since evolved continuously- a musical  mixture that sings about her exposure to a different cultures, the variety of which comes almost unlimited. Vega's poetry has been published twice in Spain.

Poems from the collection titled "Transiciones" were published in the Anthologies 'Aires de Libertad', Centro de Estudios Poeticos, Madrid 2004 and 'Regalos del Alma', Centro de Estudios Poeticos, Madrid 2005

Julie Walczesky
120 Sandy Springs Lane #1
Lexington, SC 29073

Julie Walczesky is a resident of Lexington, SC. She is married with two daughters, and has been writing poetry for about four years after a extended absence from what she truly loves. Human psychology and the physical world hold her fascination and are favorite subjects for her poetry.

Kakalak 2006, an anthology of Carolina poets
The Hiss Quarterly ( current issue)
The Red River Review
Dead Mule School of Southern Literature
Clean Sheets
Zygote in my Coffee
Mannequin Envy
Thieve's Jargon

Marjory Wentworth
SC Poet Laureate
1055 Royalist Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
843/971-6930 (home, office)
843/693-5191 (cell),843/849-12849 (FAX)

MARJORY WENTWORTH's poems have appeared in numerous books, magazines, and anthologies. She has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize three times. Noticing Eden, a collection of poems, was published by Hub City Writing Project in 2003. Despite Gravity, was published by Ninety-Six Press in Sep. 2007. A children's book called Shackles, was published by Legacy Press in February 2009.She is the Poet Laureate of South Carolina. Ms. Wentworth teaches poetry to cancer patients in "Expressions of Healing" at Roper Hospital in Charleston, SC. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts (LILA), The Poetry Society of SC, and the University of SC Poetry Initiative. She writes a regular column on poetry for THE POST AND COURIER in Charleston, SC. She serves on the Charleston County School Arts Roundtable. Her work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University.  Ms. Wentworth works as a publicist.

VCCA - Residency - winter 2009

Instructor/Workshop Leader, Block Island Poetry Project, Session 1 "Poetry, Resilience, and the Human Spirit" - Block Island, RI. April 2008.
Instructor - Poetry and Healing Creative Writing Workshops - Charleston County Library, Roper Hospital, Charleston, SC.
Faculty Reader and Workshop Instructor, The Southeastern Writers Conference, St. Simon's Island, Georgia, 2008.
She has been a guest lecturer/instructor at Furman University, Emory University, Francis Marion University, Duke University and Montgomery College.

Karen White
1270 Black Duck Rd.
Camden SC 29020
803 425-6533

Karen White has a MLA degree from Winthrop University where she studied poetry with Susan Ludvigson. She has had essays and poems published in many literary publications including Tar River Poetry, Cortland Review, and Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies. She lives on Lake Wateree and summers in her native Wyoming.

"Moonrise." The State Newspaper (2005)
"The Legend of the Tides." Chiron Review 72 (Autumn 2003):15.
"Release." Chiron Review 72 (Autumn 2003):15
"Regrets from the Grave." Chiron Review 72 (Autumn 2003):15
"As a Dog Leaps to the Savor." Pierian Springs 2.5 (03 Jly.-03 Oct. 2003): 1 pp. Online. Internet. 16 Aug. 2003.Available http://www.pieriansprings.net/
"Dog-ma." Pierian Springs 2.5 (03 Jly.-03 Oct. 2003): 1 pp. Online. Internet. 16 Aug. 2003. Available http://www.pieriansprings.net/
"Black Helvella." The Cape Rock" 35.2 (Spring 2003):2.
"Driving Forward, Facing Backward." The Cortland Review 23 (2003): 1 pp. Online. Internet. 26 Jne. 2003. Available http://www.cortlandreview.com
"Perimenopause: Around the Time the Moon Stops." The Cortland Review 23 (2003): 1 pp. Online. Internet. 26 Jne. 2003. Available http://www.cortlandreview.com

Earl J. Wilcox
417 Clarendon Place
Rock Hill, SC 29732

Earl J. Wilcox, founder of The Robert Frost Review, and literary critic, has published essays and books on several American authors. He began writing poetry after the age of 70, and since that time has published in a wide variety of journals. He prefers prose poems in the tradition of writers such as Whitman and Collins.

"There is No Crying in Baseball" (Third Lung Review, Sept. 2005)
"Hanging with Auntie" (Southern Gothic Online, October, 2005)
"John Travolta Stars in my Flick" ( Strange Horizons, October, 2005)
"Night Owls at Work" (Muses Review, December, 2005)
"Lost: One Typewriter" (Lunarosity, April 2006)
"Skateboarders" (Lunarosity, April 2006)
"Send in the Jackass" (KAKALAK, 2006)
"I Want to Live Forever, Learn How to Fly" (Aroostook Review, Spring 2006)
"Once Upon a Road to Derry" ( Aroostook Review, Spring 2006)
"Kinsey's First Interview" (The Centrifugal Eye Spring 2006)
"Crane Forests, 2006" (Arabesques Review)
"A Gleam in Freedom's Eye" (Arabesques Review)
"Arabian Knight on the Run" (Arabesques Review)
"The Great Jack Complex" (Underground Voices, June 2006)
"Poetry in Motion" (The Centrifugal Eye, Spring 2006)
"The Last Days of Crazy KAP" (Underground Voices July 2006)
"Teaching an Old Bird New Tricks" (The Centrifugal Eye Summer 2006)
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