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(thank you)

Welp. Free Verse is over. I’m proud that this festival accomplished what I wanted it to: amplify voices that needed to be heard while spreading poetry across the city. I couldn’t have done it without your support. Much love to  SC Humanities, the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Charleston Visitors Bureau. And the sponsors: the Cooper School, Pure Theatre, MOJA Arts Festival, the SchoolHouse, Enough […]

TEDxCharleston photos

photos by JB McCabe: photos by Arielle Simmons:

Free Verse: a poetry festival for Charleston

My dream of putting together a poetry festival is now a reality. When I became poet laureate of Charleston, my main vision + goal was to spread poetry in Charleston and make it a more stable scene. Poetry has been alive in the Holy City for a long time. When I moved here in 2003, […]

Tori Amos, thank you

My relationship with Tori Amos has gone through its ups and downs. Like many people in the Tori universe, I first came to her music in the 90s. Under the Pink was my first album, and I quickly went to Little Earthquakes then Boys for Pele then From the Choirgirl Hotel then To Venus and […]

A fun album …

The last one took a lot out of me. So I made analogue // 6: a 17-minute collection of songs inspired by the 80s. Dig it: analogue // 6 (2017) by tape loop The video:

My most difficult album.

I spent a few months working on an album that proved to be my most difficult project to date. TELEMAQUE. grew from a desire to give a musical voice to the depression that arises from America’s history. You see, sometimes poetry is incapable of expressing pain accurately. Words can only go so far. In my […]

Interview on SC Public Radio

I had the honor of being on SC Public Radio this morning to promote my Piccolo Spoleto show. Listen to the interview here.

Announcing Charleston’s first poetry festival

So happy to announce Free Verse, our city’s first poetry festival. It’s always been a dream to put on a festival in Charleston. It will happen in October. Check out my letter, below, and also go to the website and (please) donate! Love.

Life as a laureate: visiting schools

I’ve visited a lot of schools before I became poet laureate of Charleston. But now, the visits are becoming more frequent and more rewarding. I’ve done poetry workshops and/or read poems at The Cooper School, Meeting Street Academy, Claflin University (Orangeburg, SC), Sanders-Clyde, Academic Magnet, Wando High School, and Ft. Johnson Middle School. Soon, there […]

Magazine design: Spring issue of No Depression

The new issue of No Depression is out! It’s probably the sexiest thing that I’ve ever designed. Info is below: