The Pat Conroy Literary Center will host its first public program of 2017 on Monday, February 20 (Presidents Day), a Poets Respond to Race reading and community discussion featuring a diverse group of seven writers from across the Palmetto State. Created by Columbia poet Al Black and Sumter poet Len Lawson, Poets Respond to Race uses the literary arts as an opportunity for candid, healing, and inclusive discussions on race and diversity as an inviting approach into tough conversation that can bring positive change to our communities.
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This series of three 90-minute workshops, Reading as “Reading the Room” approaches the immersive act of reading as a vehicle of self-reflection and empathy--as moral character practice--as well as textual analysis and enjoyment of story. Participants will be guided through an active and interactive approach to close readings of three short stories, engaging with the texts and with one another for a deeper appreciation of both and seeking the inspiration and revelation only great stories can provide. The workshop readings will be Annie Dillard's "The Wreck of Time," Primo Levi's "Force Majeur," and J.M. Coetzee's "The Lives of Animals." Reading in advance of each workshops is required. One meeting per week for three weeks.