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The Pat Conroy Literary Center’s monthly Open Mic Night will be held virtually on Thursday, August 8, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Our featured writer is poet Jessica Goody, author of Phoenix: Transformation Poems. Open Mic will also feature short readings of 3 to 5 minutes each by other writers in many genres.

When: Thursday, August 8, 2024 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Price: Free · Duration: 1 hr 30 min
Where: Facebook Live

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We want to build our community of writers and an appreciation for the art and talent of new, emerging, and long-time writers. Thank you for supporting this partnership!

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About our featured writer:
Jessica GoodyJessica Goody is the award-winning author of Defense Mechanisms (Phosphene Publishing, 2016) and Phoenix: Transformation Poems (CW Books, 2019). Her writing has appeared in over one hundred publications, including The Wallace Stevens Journal, Reader’s Digest, Phantom Drift, The High Window, Bird’s Thumb, The Centrifugal Eye, Really System, Along Southern Roads, Event Horizon, The Dime Show Review, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Seventh Wave, Third Wednesday, The MacGuffin, Harbinger Asylum, and The Maine Review.

Defense Mechanisms was chosen as a “Power Read” by Hilton Head Monthly, a Book of the Month by The Creativity Webzine, and received an Honorable Mention for the 2020 North Street Book Prize. Jessica facilitated poetry slams and taught writing courses for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USCB. She contributed poetry to the stage productions Womanhood and A Voyage of Poetic Discovery for the Sun City Community Theatre and CoronaVox: Stories from the Front for the Phamaly Theatre Company.

A freelance journalist, she has been a contributing writer for Hilton Head Monthly, The Bluffton Sun, SunSations, Local Life and Bluffton Today. Jessica is the winner of the 2016 Magnets and Ladders Poetry Prize. Her poem “Beachcombing” was recently added to the Hilton Head Poetry Trail.

Phoenix: Transformation Poems is a rich triumph and marks its author, once again, as an artist whose work should be followed closely by those interested in the forces shaping the future of American poetry.”–Harvey Trabb, author of September 19

“This is strong poetic work.”—Bill Newby, author of Passing Through

“Jessica Goody excels in description, pulling in readers with her use of words to capture the senses.”–Harvee Lau, Book Dilettante


This program and others like this would not be possible without your financial help for which, as always, Pat Conroy Literary Center gratefully thanks you.

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