Piccolo Spoleto: Poetry Series – June 2-10th

Come join us as celebrated poets read in the intimate Dock Street Theatre Courtyard during the Sundown Poetry Series. Each reading is followed by a reception at a local art gallery. Readings and receptions are admission free.  Read more for poets/dates/times.

(Photo credit:  Piccolo Spoleto website)

Note:  I apologize for the late notice on this poetry series, but only received the notification today.  -Tidelines Editor

Thursday, June 2, 6:30pm JohnMilkereit
John Milkereit
Based in Houston, TX, John Milkereit is the author of A Rotating Equipment Engineer Is Never Finished (Ink Brush Press, 2015), as well as two chapbooks published by Pudding House Productions. His work has also appeared inSan Pedro River Review and Big River Poetry Review, among other journals. A Charleston native, he is completing an MFA degree at Rainier Writing Workshop.

Reception at The Art Institute immediately following the reading. The Art Institute is located at 24 North Market Street.


Friday, June 3, 6:30pmJakiSheltonGreen
Jaki Shelton Green
As well as being a highly regarded literary teacher and consultant, Jaki Shelton Green is the author of numerous poetry collections, including her latest work, Feeding the Light (Jacar Press, 2014). Her work has also appeared widely in publications such as Essence Magazine, Obsidian, and Poets for Peace. Recently, she was the inaugural Poet Laureate of Piedmont NC and the 2016 Writer-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University. In 2014, she was inducted into the NC Literary Hall of Fame. She is currently based in Mebane, NC.

Reception at Corrigan Gallery immediately following the reading. Corrigan Gallery is located at 62 Queen Street.


Tuesday, June 7, 6:30pmNickLindsay
Nick Lindsay
At 89, Nick Lindsay is a troubadour, expert builder, master storyteller, and accomplished musician. Son of Vachel Lindsay and a longtime resident of Edisto Island, he will read from his book Esau Lanier, a lyrical exploration of race, work, place, the natural world, and more. This epic poem is rendered in Pushkin sonnets that tell of Nick’s African-American friend and co-worker Esau, with whom he built houses on Edisto Island in the mid-twentieth century.

Reception at Ann Long Fine Art immediately following the reading. Ann Long Fine Art is located at 54 Broad Street.


Wednesday, June 8, 6:30pmJacquelinJohnson
Jacquelin Johnson
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Jacqueline Johnson is the author of the award-winning poetry collections A Woman’s Season (Main Street Rag Press, 2015) and A Gathering of Mother Tongues (White Pine Press, 1998). She is a Cave Canem fellow and has performed at numerous venues including the Metropolitan
Museum, the New York Center for Book Arts, St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and the Pratt

Reception at Meyer Vogl Gallery immediately following the reading. Meyer Vogl is located at 122 Meeting Street.


Thursday, June 9, 6:30pmLaurelBlossom
Laurel Blossom
Ms. Blossom is the Poet Laureate of Edgefield, SC. Her new collection, Longevity (Four Way Books, 2015) is a book-length narrative prose poem and is the companion piece to her book Degrees of Latitude. Her earlier books are Wednesday: New and Selected Poems, The Papers Said, What’s Wrong, and Any Minute. Her many awards include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Reception at Robert Lange Studios immediately following the reading. Robert Lange is located at 2 Queen Street.


Friday, June 10, 6:30pmNikkiFinney
Nikky Finney
Based in Columbia, SC, Nikky Finney is the author of four poetry collections including her latest, titled Head Off & Split (Triquarterly Books/Northwestern U Press, 2011), winner of the National Book Award. She also holds a position as editor of the anthology The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (University of Georgia Press, 2007) and co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets. She is the John H. Bennett Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at the University of South Carolina.

Reception at City Gallery immediately following the reading. City Gallery is located at 34 Prioleau Street.


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