CCPR: Poetry at McLeod Plantation – November 13th

Poetry at McLeod
Sunday, November 13, 2016

mcleodCharleston County Parks and Recreation is proud to host the first poetry reading in partnership with James Island Arts at McLeod Plantation Historic Site. Poet Kendra Hamilton will do a reading at 2 p.m.

Dr. Hamilton is a Charleston native and award-winning writer who has been featured on C-SPAN, NPR, and at the Spoleto Festival USA. Her poetry appears in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, among others, and she is the author of The Goddess of Gumbo and Romancing the Gullah. Dr. Hamilton’s recent art reflects her research into the lives of enslaved Americans. She a professor and director of Southern Studies at Presbyterian College and a Cave Canem Follow. Cave Canem is an educational organization for African American poets whose follows include South Carolina’s recent National Book Award winners, Terrance Hayes and Nikky Finney.

The poetry reading on Nov. 13 will take place on the grounds of McLeod Plantation Historic Site. Following the reading, there will be a reception and Dr. Hamilton will sign her book The Goddess of Gumbo. Guests will have the opportunity to join a guided tour of McLeod Plantation at 3 p.m. The reading will be free of charge with admission to McLeod Plantation Historic Site. Park admission is $10, or $6 for ages 3-12 (free for ages 2 and under). Gold Pass membership allows free entry for 4 guests per visit.

The James Island Arts Committee and CCPRC hopes Dr. Hamilton’s poetry reading and book signing will spark community interest in African American poetry and other art exhibitions and events at the historic site. James Island Arts is a citizens’ committee sponsored by the Town of James Island that seeks to enhance the cultural experience of all James Islanders. Presenting contemporary African-American perspectives on the plantation experience, fundamental to sea island history and culture, advances their goal to foster a more vibrant and cohesive cultural community on James Island. This project is funded in part by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Program through their joint administration of the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant Program and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

Date:  November 13, 2016
Time:  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:  McLeod Plantation Historic Site
Address:  McLeod Plantation Historic Site, 325 Country Club Drive, Charleston, SC 29412
Contact:  843-795-4386

Free with regular site admission of $10.

-Submitted by Tidelines Editor

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