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The Pat Conroy Literary Center’s monthly Open Mic Night will be held at the Conroy Center (601 Bladen St.) on Thursday, March 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Our featured writer is award-winning poet Evelyn Berry, author of Grief Slut. Open Mic will also feature short readings of 3 to 5 minutes each by other writers in many genres.

When: Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Price: Free · Duration: 1 hr 30 min
Where: Conroy Center (601 Bladen St., Beaufort)

Interested in reading as part of Open Mic? Let us know at contact@patconroyliterarycenter.org

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 Grief Slut
Grief Slut exposes the paradoxical nature of queer life in the South. Required reading in an age of trans discrimination, Berry’s lines will serve as balm and bulwark. exposing the joyous heartbreak of rural queerness.”—Sim Kern, author of The Free People’s Village and Seeds From the Swarm

“Evelyn Berry’s Grief Slut is a book-length aubade to the genderqueer self and body, to the South, to violence and desire and Baja Blast. Grief Slut is a riotously beautiful collection of poems, a love song to flesh and the experience of too muchness that is oh-so-human, oh-so-queer, and oh-so-Southern.”—Han VanderHart, author of What Pecan Light

About our featured writer:
Evelyn BerryEvelyn Berry is a trans, Southern writer, editor, and educator. She’s the author of Grief Slut (Sundress Publications, 2023) and Buggery (Bateau Press, 2020), winner of the BOOM Chapbook Prize.

She’s a recipient of a 2023 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, 2022 Dr. Linda Veldheer Memorial Prize, 2019 Broad River Prize for Prose, and 2018 Emrys Poetry Prize, among other honors. Berry has been performing in venues around the country (and world!) for more than ten years. Her work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, South Carolina Review, Gigantic Sequins, Raleigh Review, Taco Bell Quarterly, and elsewhere. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina.


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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