The shows

Calendar of music, poetry and workshop events


May 19, 2024

Poetry & Jazz performance with Quentin E. Baxter
(Mountain to the Sea Jazz Series)
Tryon Fine Arts Center
Tryon, NC



May 4, 2024

Dock Street Theatre
The world premiere of brand new songs with new lyrics written by Lowcountry poets. The concert will also feature other songs by living composers.
A collaboration with HALO
Info and Tickets



April 27, 2024

5pm, Chicago Opera Theater
Chicago, Illinois



April 7, 2024

Poetry reading in New York for Wordshed NYC
P&T Knitwear Bookstore


Feb. 29, 2024

Black Music Is Mixtape
North Charleston Keith Summey Library




January 20, 2023

6pm, Clerks

* with Zania Cummings



March 16, 2023

True South Charleston: Disrupting the Cycle of Housing Displacement & Gentrification
11:30am, College of Charleston-The Avery Research Center for African American History & Culture


April 4, 2023

7pm, Charleston Music Hall
$15 (general admission)
$25 (general admission, includes book)

* with Jammie Huynh, CONCEPT RXCH, Goose Creek High School poets: Emerson Finch Muck, Alyssa Ruth-Cole, and I.R. Kingsley



April 8, 2023

2pm, Charleston County Main Library

* with Linda Joy Walder


April 27, 2023

6pm, Charleston Library Society
$10 for CLS members, $15 for the public

* with Alexandra Peters



May 12, 2023

7pm, Public Works Art Center

* with CONCEPT RXCH and Niecy Blues



June 8, 2023



June 24, 2023



June 30, 2023

Poetry reading with Asiah Mae
7pm, Clerks


July 1, 2023

Book signing
11am, Hotel Emeline


July 1, 2023

Poetry workshop
5pm, Hotel Emeline


July 8, 2023

Reading and workshop
2pm, Baxter-Patrick James Island Library


July 15, 2023

11am, Sightsee


July 28, 2023

7pm, J Stark
Introducing a new crossbody bag inspired by my tenth book, Hold What Makes You Whole


September 29, 2023

Creatives for a Cause
An evening of live music and poetry benefitting Mental Health Heroes
7pm, Robert Lange Studios
Info and tickets

October 15, 2023

The ICE Medal of Honor
Ray Charles Performing Arts Center
Atlanta, Ga




November 4, 2022

Charleston Literary Festival reading with Andrew Motion
Location: TBA

October 5-8, 2022

Palmetto Bluff residency
Workshops & a reading

August 12, 2022

Lowcountry Food Bank Agency Conference
NewSpring Church
5101 Ashley Phosphate Rd, #135,
North Charleston, SC 29418

August 9, 2022

MUSC NNLM All Hands Summit
Francis Marion Hotel

July 14, 2022

1455 Festival of Storytelling
The replay

June 29, 2022

Poetry reading with Trey Hill
Charleston Library Society

June 7, 2022

Spoleto Festival
14 Meditations on the Stations of the Cross
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
Tickets & info


May 6, 2022

Keynote speaker for Septima P. Clark poetry event


April 26, 2022

Poets Laureate virtual reading
Watch it!

April 21, 2022

Charleston Jazz Festival
Performance with Ron Wiltrout, drummer
Forte Jazz Lounge
Bootleg raw audio


April 12, 2022

Artist Entrepreneur Incubator
Business of Authorship
Virtual, on Zoom
Click here for info.



March 30 – April 1, 2022

Oxford Conference for the Book
Click here for info
University of Mississippi



March 10, 2022

SC Association of School Librarian conference
The Power of Picture Books with Vanessa Brantley Newton, Matt Myers, Bea Birdson, and Marjory Heath Wentworth
Myrtle Beach, SC
Click here for info.



Feb. 22, 2022

Poetry and performance
Benedict College
Columbia, SC



Feb. 10, 2022

Poetry and performance
Furman University
Burgis Theatre
“What’s In a Name”
Greenville, SC



Jan. 23, 2022

In-person poetry reading
Unitarian Church
11am – noon



Jan. 23, 2022

Virtual poetry reading
Wordshed NYC
7pm – 8pm
Watch the replay



Jan. 18, 2022

In-person poetry reading
3pm – 4pm



Jan. 8, 2022

Book signing
Monster Music & Movies
1pm – 2pm



December 10, 2021

In-person reading for the Poetry Society of SC
Charleston Library Society
7pm – 9pm
Watch the replay


November 9, 2021

Workshop and performance at ETSU
A Celebration of Spoken Words and Music
2pm (workshop)
7pm (performance)
East Tennessee State University
Listen to the raw audio.


October 28, 2021

Virtual poetry performance with Roscoe Burnems
Live for Carolina Poets.
Click here to watch the replay.


October 5, 2021

A dramatic song cycle honoring the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Vienna, VA



May 27, 2021

Poetry & Jazz performance with Quentin E. Baxter
Peterson Amphitheater at the Tryon Fine Arts Center



April 2, 2021

Stage Sessions
Charleston Music Hall



March 25, 2021

Bowery Poetry x Haymarket Books Presents:
Cheryl Boyce Taylor & Marcus Amaker in Conversation Moderated by Jive Poetic
Click here to watch on Youtube



March 9, 2021

Spoleto Festival: Justice for Omar
Click here to watch the replay



February 18, 2021

Tea and Poetry
Click here to watch the replay



January 14, 2021

Black Ink Festival panel
Click here to watch the replay





Raising the Volume (virtual event)
Filmed at the Gaillard Center
Episode I
Episode III
Episode VIII



October 27, 2020

A Measure of Belonging (virtual event)
By Hub City Writers Project
Click here to watch the replay



October 18, 2020

Charleston Gaillard Center’s Five Year Celebration
Click here to watch the replay



October 15, 2020

Poets Laureate show (virtual event)
Free Verse Festival
Click here to watch the replay



October 11, 2020

Host for Beth Ann Fennelly (virtual event)
Free Verse Festival, filmed at the Charleston Music Hall
Click here to watch the replay



August 12

Lowcountry Listens: Poetry and Jazz (virtual event)
Filmed at the Gaillard Center
Click here to watch the replay



June 19, 2020

Juneteenth poetry reading (virtual event)
Click here to watch the replay



May 14, 2020

Visual poetry show (virtual event)
Click here to watch the replay


January 12, 2019 – 5pm

Poetry reading for the Carl Jung Society
Gage Hall, 4 Archdale St.
Charleston, SC
Click here for tickets



January 25, 2019

Physical Poetry – 2019 Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
The BeBe Theatre
7:00pm, Asheville, NC
Click here for tickets



February 1, 2019

Groundhog Day VII, House Concert
7:30pm, Charleston, SC
Click here for info



February 21, 2019

Charleston Writers Discuss Their Beginnings
5:30pm, Stern Center Ballroom
Charleston, SC
Click here for tickets and info



February 23, 2019

ROCK the BLOCK 2019 benefitting Hogs for the Cause
11am – 6pm
Home Team BBQ
Charleston, SC
Click here for info



February 25, 2019

Solo poetry show
6pm, Charleston County Library
Charleston, SC



February 28, 2019

Fireside Chats: Charleston Changemakers
7pm, The Restoration Hotel
Charleston, SC
Click here for info



March 1, 2019

Read across America Day
11am, Hurd/St. Andrews library
Charleston, SC



March 7, 2019

Coastal Carolina University’s Gullah and African Diaspora Conference
Conway, SC


March 8 & 10, 2019

Wine + Food festival
Marion Square
Charleston, SC



March 9, 2019

Poetry Out Loud Judge
Richland County Library
Columbia, SC



March 24, 2019

Second annual March For Our Lives
3:30-6:30 PM
Riverfront Park in North Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC



April 4, 2019

Black Lives Matter: Looking at Charleston
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
College of Charleston Stern Student Center
Charleston, SC



April 11, 2019

Standing/Still, presented by Redux & The Make It Right Project
Redux Art Center
Charleston, SC



April 13, 2019

Poetry Workshop
10:30am – noon
St. George Library
St. George, SC



April 21, 2019

Book signing and reading
3pm – 5pm
Neema Art Gallery
Charleston, SC



May 20, 2019

Art Talk in the Creek
Goose Creek Library
Goose Creek, SC



May 27, 2019

PHYSICAL POETRY: SC’s Evening of Dance at Queen Street Playhouse
Piccolo Spoleto festival
Queen Street Playhouse
Charleston, SC



June 1 – June 7, 2019

SAVVY Arts Venture Challenge (SAVVY)
University of South Carolina (Go Cocks!)
Columbia, SC



June 14, 2019

Concert of Love
The Schoolhouse
Charleston, SC



June 18, 2019

Black Refractions: visual + writing workshop
in collaboration with the Gibbes Museum
John L Dart Library
Charleston, SC



June 27, 2019

Poetry workshop and reading
Otranto Road Regional Library
Charleston, SC



July 27, 2019

Ill Vibe the Tribe presents Symbiosis
Poetry reading
Gibbes Museum
Charleston, SC



September 6, 2019

Poetry and music performance
John L Dart Library
Charleston, SC



October 13 – 20, 2019

Free Verse Poetry Festival, 2019
Charleston, SC


January 13, noon

Hosting the Youth Speak Out Poetry Slam, in collaboration with YWCA Charleston.
Calhoun Street Library
Charleston, SC



January 24, 5:30pm

Book Release Party, with Sista Misses, For the Scribes and Gina Mocha
Gibbes Museum of Art
Charleston, SC


February 1, 5:30pm

Poetry workshop for adults and book signing
Buxton Books
Charleston, SC


February 3, 8pm

Groundhog Day VI benefit concert
Charleston Music Hall
Charleston, SC
Click here for tickets


February 7, 8pm

Solo poetry reading for Mind Gravy Poetry
Cool Beans Coffee
Columbia, SC


February 22, 5pm-7pm

Book release party, with students from Burke High School
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Charleston, SC


March 3

Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Columbia, SC


March 10, 8pm

Music show, opening up for Jonathan Brown
Purple Buffalo
Charleston, SC



March 18, 7:30pm

Solo poetry reading for Wits End Poetry.
Coffee Underground
Greenville, SC


April 9, 2:00pm + 6:30pm

Poetry workshop + reading at Jane Edwards School + the Edisto Art Guild
Click here for more info
Edisto Beach Civic Center
Edisto Island, SC


April 26, 4:30pm

Master class at the Greenville Peace Center. Click here for info.
Peace Center
Greenville, SC


April 26, 6:30pm

Poetic Conversation with Cheryl Boyce Taylor (mother of Phife, ATCQ).
Click here for more info.
Peace Center
Greenville, SC


May 11, 7pm

Solo poetry reading
Irmo Branch Library
6251 St Andrews Road
Columbia, SC


May 30, 6pm

Poetry & Jazz with The In-Between, for Piccolo Spoleto
Holy Trinity Windermere
Charleston, SC
Click here for info


June 20, 6pm

Poetry and Jazz performance, with Quentin E. Baxter
Gibbes Museum
Charleston, SC


June 21, 7:30pm

Summer Solstice – Poetry reading and workshop
Zero George
Charleston, SC
Click here to reserve a free ticket.


July, 28, 6:30pm

Queen Street Harmony Series, with Michael Flynn
Footlight Players
Charleston, SC
Click here for tickets

August 7

Guest PA for Riverdogs: Live and Local Tuesday nights
Joe Riley Stadium
Charleston, SC
Click here for info / tickets

August 23

“Meet The Artist” reception and reading
The Writer’s Room at The Betsy Hotel South Beach
Miami, Fl.


September 8

Black Ink Book Festival
Main Branch (Calhoun Street) of the Charleston County Public Library
Charleston, SC


September 26, 6pm

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ and By the River – Charleston
The Citadel
Charleston, SC
Click here for info + free tickets


October 17-24, 2018

Free Verse poetry festival
Charleston, SC


November 2, 6pm

Creative Concepts: With Community Comes Unity
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at CofC
Charleston, SC
Click here for info + free tickets


November 6, 9am

The future of libraries event
Location: TBA
Charleston, SC
Click here for info


November 12

PechaKucha 32: ten-year anniversary of Charleston’s Pecha Kucha
Charleston Music Hall
Charleston, SC


December 19: Speaking at Wando High School’s feminist club.
December 13: Speaking at the Mt Pleasant Rotary Club. 12:30pm at Harbor Breeze restaurant in Patriots’ Point
December 7: Workshop at Morningside Middle School
Dec. 5, 4:15pm: Workshop for Teens Talk IT UP: Interfaith Arts Project at Burke High School
Nov. 28: Poetry at Liberty Hill Literacy Program
Nov. 17: Workshop at Military Magnet School
Nov. 15: Workshop at Ashley Ridge High School
Nov. 7, 9am: Poetry for Cities + Libraries at Charleston Digital Corridor. Registration information.
Oct. 26, 5:30pm: Opening poem for SHORESH/THE GROUND IS ON FIRE, at CofC.
Oct. 18: Emcee of TEDxCharleston, Charleston Music Hall.
Oct. 16: Poetry talk / reading for the College of Charleston’s Center for Creative Retirement. 2:30pm.
October: Free Verse poetry festival. Click here for more info.
September 23: Berry Fleming Book Festival’s Southern Poetry Panel in Augusta, Georgia at the Augusta University campus. 11am. Click here for the full schedule.
September 10: OPEN Arts Expo at the Cistern on the College of Charleston campus. noon- 4pm.August 23: music show at REDUX for DOJO Nowhere. 6pm.
August 17: Reading poetry for SYZYGY: The Solar Eclipse Plays in Columbia, SC.
July 24: Poetry workshop for Camp Hope.
July 9: Reading poetry at Unitarian Church, during Sunday services.
July 6: Music show – opening up for Carpoolparty at the Tin Roof.
July 6: Poetry workshop at the Carolina Youth Development Center.
June 16: Performance, with Charlton Singleton, for the Charleston Forum. 5:30pm, Charleston Music Hall. Tickets
June 5: The In-Between with Marcus Amaker (jazz musicians perform music inspired by my poetry). Piccolo Spoleto, City Gallery, 6pm.

May 19: Leading a poetry workshop for incarcerated teens at the Al Cannon Detention Center.
May 11: Poetry and discussion at the Wide Angle Lunch Series, Charleston Library Society. 12:30pm
May 6: Reading poetry for Sacred Ground, featuring Leah Suárez + Bare Witness. 8pm, Circular Church. Info.
May 5: Poetry reading for the Pass It On: A Collection of Children’s Poetry event at the Charleston Museum.
April 28: Poetry past and present: Dave the Potter. Charleston Museum, 6pm. Click here for info.
April 23: Poetry reading for What Matters Most: A Creative Arts Festival Exploring Living Fully & Dying Well. 1-5pm at Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park
April 12: Poetry workshop + reading at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. 4pm
March 26: Music + poetry performance for Artist and Craftsmen’s anniversary party.
March 21: Poetry workshop for 4th and 5th grade students of The Cooper School. 12:15-1pm
March 16: Speaking at the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce luncheon. 12-1:30pm at the Holiday Inn in Mount Pleasant.
March 8: Art of Healing conversation at the Gibbes Museum, with Jonathan Sanchez.
March 3: Reading a poem at Charleston Wine + Food’s Culinary Village Opening Ceremonies. 11:00a.m.
March 2: Poetry reading and talk for Creative Arts of Mount Pleasant. 7-8pm
February 28: Poetry performance for a Black History Month Event at Redux Art Studios. 6-9pm.
February 26: Panel talk, Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race, 3:30pm to 4:45pm for the Deckle Edge Literary Festival in Columbia, SC. Richland Library, Room 213
February 25: Panel talk, Poets Laureate and the Work They Do, noon – 1:15pm for the Deckle Edge Literary Festival. Richland Library, Second Level Theater.
February 20: Poets Respond to Race forum at the Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort, SC.
February 15: Poetry reading at Ft. Johnson Middle School
February 7: Poetry reading at the Daniel Island Library, 10:30am – noon. LISTEN TO THE AUDIO HERE.
January 17: Poetry reading for the City of Charleston’s MLK breakfast.
January 15: Poetry reading with Marjory Wentworth during Circular Congregational Church‘s Sunday services.
January 13: Music performance with Jason Layne at Tin Roof, opening up for Jonathan Brown.



December 10: Poetry reading / talk for Indie Author Day at the Charleston County Library. 10:45am – 11:45am
November 16: Poetry reading for the students at Meeting Street Academy
November 15: Poetry reading for South Carolina Federal Credit Union’s diversity and inclusion fair.
November 9: Open mic poetry event at Harold’s Cabin. 7:30pm
November 5: Spinning records with Jason Layne at the Charleston Record Fair. 11am.
November 4: Guest speaker for Charleston County Diversity Committee.11am.
October 24: Speaking and poetry performance at The Riviera Theater at the Belmond at Charleston Place, 11:30am
October 22: Poetry performance for Charleston Arts Festival.
October 19: Poetry and jazz performance for TEDxCharleston.
October 6: Music performance and poetry for Origin (part of the Charleston Arts Festival).
October 5: Poetry performance in collaboration with SCETV, at CofC’s Recital Hall.
October 3: Poetry performance and reading for the MOJA arts festival at Republic Reign.
October 2: Singing and reading poetry at Pop Life! Celebrating the Music of Prince at the Charleston Music Hall.
Sept. 18: Celebrity judge for We Are Family’s annual Iron Mary mix-off competition, at the Mill. 12-5pm
Sept. 17: Poetry performance / keynote speaker for the Black Book festival at Burke High School.
Sept. 15: Speaker at the Good Business Summit’s Building the Relationship Economy in a Digital World breakout session.
Sept. 9: Poetry reading for the Poetry Society of South Carolina, at the Charleston Library Society. 7pm.
August 19: Music performance / talk for Creative Mornings Charleston.
August 18: Music performance at PULP .
August 13: Poetry performance for Charleston Pride.
July 29: Music performance at the Charleston Pour House.
July 6: Poetry reading for the Carolina Youth Development Center‘s Freedom School program.
June 30: Music performance at the Charleston Music Farm. 5-8pm, free. Here’s the poster.
June 29: Poetry performance and reading at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. 6pm. free. Info here.
June 28: Poetry reading at Buxton Books (2-A Cumberland St). 6pm. free.
June 20: Poetry reading at a Memorial Mural Dedication for Cynthia Hurd, at John L Dart Library. 9AM.
June 12: Waxing Poetic Poetry reading at The Vinyl Countdown.
June 10: Poetry and performance for Nothing Compares 2 U: A Tribute to Prince, at the Charleston Music Hall.
June 5: Poetry reading for Rhythm On Canvas, a live art benefit for the American Lung Association. 1-6pm at The Music Farm.
May 18: Introduction to Purple Rain, the movie, at The Charleston Music Hall.
May 12: Private reception for the release of Charleston Salt and Iron, a book that features one of my poems. The book was compiled by Wendy Politzer.
May 6: Surround Sound: an electronic music event / album release party at Redux, featuring Contour, DanceLab and Nick Jenkins. Click here for tickets and info.
April 30: Poetry reading at the Charleston Farmers Market.
April 26: Mantra book re-release party, Pure Theatre. 7:30pm.
April 7: Spoken Word Event for the CofC’s Office of Sustainability, during Sustainability Week. The event will be held in Towell Library, 6-7:30pm.
February 4: Spinning records for the Distil Union opening party. Info here.
February 2: Panelist for the Gibbes Museum Art of Healing: The Power of Words. 6pm. Get your ticket here.
January 11: Poetry performance with Marjory Wentworth for John Tecklenburg’s inauguration at Charleston City Hall.



December 30: Poetry performance for Open Art Studio Day at John L. Dart library. All ages welcome. 3pm – 4:30pm
December 16: Appearance on Lowcountry Live.
December 10: Open mic poetry at Elliottborough Mini Bar.
November 12: Open mic poetry at Elliottborough Mini Bar.
November 08: Host of the first Boundless Words and Voices at the College of Charleston.
November 08: Host of the second annual Charleston Coffee Cup.
October 17: Hosting and reading poetry at Burke High School
October 15: Poetry for Komen Lowcountry’s Tie One On Party, Family Circle Stadium, Daniel Island SC.
October 10: Poetry at JAILBREAK. Old City Jail. 21 Magazine St. Info here.
September 25: Poetry reading for Marjorie Coakley McIver, Sister of Myra Thompson (Emanuel 9), Conway, SC
September 18: Opening poem for the Charleston Mayoral Forum for Race Equity, Burke High School.
September 10: Open mic poetry at Elliottborough Mini Bar.
August 28: Serendipity Poetry & Jazz Series ft. Marcus Amaker & Moody Black.
Serendipity Catering and Cafe. 118 S Main St, Sumter, South Carolina 8:00pm – 10:00pm. Info here.
August 27: Poetry reading at the Good Business Summit. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Info here.
August 16: Poetry reading at Hi Harmony, Charleston Music Hall. Info
August 7: Poetry reading at the Unity Concert To Benefit Victims of Emanuel AME Tragedy. Click here for the press release. Event starts at 7:30pm at College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street.
August 1: One City/One Heart: community writing event, sponsored by LILA. 10 a.m. – Noon at Upper Lance Hall, Circular Church, 150 Meeting St. in Charleston. Info here.
July 14: Freedom School Reading at Carolina Development Youth Center.
May 4:  Jazz and Spoken Word night benefit for Montessori Day School. Info.
April 26:  Performing poetry at Marion Square for People Against Rape‘s “Take Back The Night” event. 2-5 pm.
April 25:  Performing poetry at Kulture Klash 8. Get your tickets here.
March 28:  Performing poetry at 95 Broad Street, the Luxury Simplified building. Contact Andrea St. Amand for more information.
February 27:  Holy City Poetry Slam at the Charleston Music Hall. Hosting + performing. Info.
February 17:  Speaking at Createspace, talking about what it’s like to be a self-published poet.
February 5:  Dillamental, a live instrumental tribute to J Dilla. Charleston Pour House, 10pm. Tickets are $5 in advance, and $10 at the door. Click here to purchase.
January 22-25, 2015:  Charleston International Jazz Festival. I’m hosting a lot of the events of the festival. Click here for info.



December 11: Performing poetry at The City Gallery at Waterfront Park for John Duckworth’s AWAKE exhibit. Get your free ticket …
November 15: Performing poetry at JAILBREAK. Click here for more info
November 14: Performing poetry at Chill N Grill, 2810 Ashley Phosphate Road, North Charleston. Doors open at 8 pm, Showtime is at 9:30. Call 843-343-9522 for more info.
November 4: Performing poetry at King Dusko, 541 King Street. Info.
September 22, 6pm: I will host and read for a Banned Books Week event at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC. More info coming soon. The event is being put on by Charleston Friends of the Library.
August 14: The Word Perfect Poetry Show at Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, Charleston, SC 29403. Doors at 7pm. Info + Tickets
August 3: “Meet the Artist” Series album listening party and discussion at The Mezz, 276 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401. Doors at 5pm. Info
May 29: Hosting a poetry slam at the John L Dart Library, 1067 King St, Charleston, SC 29403. Info.
May 1: Poetry on the Porch, Mayday Celebration at Old Village in Mount Pleasant. Info.
April 9: Poetry performance for the Jazz Artists of Charleston at the Charleston Jazz House, 93 Spring Street, Suite A. 7 pm. Info
March 15: Spoken Word Poetry workshop at the Circular Congregational Church of Charleston, SC. 1 – 3 pm. Info.
Feb. 6: Dillamental at the Charleston Pour House. Info.
January 28: Workshop for the Write Your Story Teen Empowerment Conference at Burke High School. My workshop, “The Spoken Word,” will be 9-11am and 12-2pm.