Free Verse: a poetry festival for Charleston
September 28, 2017
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, I immersed myself into the community and quickly met poets who were skilled on the page and stage. Because I was so young, though, I got my butt kicked. In the best way. It helped me grow and sharpen my voice.
So, here I am, 14 years later. Working with the Office of Cultural Affairs, Charleston Visitors Bureau, Enough Pie, Charleston Moves and more to bring Free Verse to the city. It’s a beautiful beast, with many different events and workshops and components. But I think you’ll dig it.
The schedule is here. And the press for the event has been wonderful. Dig it:
:::: Charleston Chronicle
:::: Charleston Magazine
:::: Charleston Scene / Post and Courier
:::: Charleston City Paper