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Moon and Sun Poets will host an Open Mic Reading in collaboration with the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center on Sunday, April 18, at 2:00 p.m. This free virtual event will be live-streamed on the Conroy Center’s Facebook page. Poets interested in reading as part of this National Poetry Month special event can contact the event host Emily Davis-Fletcher at emilydfj@gmail.com by April 16.

Moon and Sun Poets is a weekly poetry workshop for writers eager to generate new poems, give thoughtful critiques, and discuss elements of poetry and craft. Since its founding in May 2020, Moon and Sun has created a supportive community for poets to grow and develop inspiration, passion, and craft. To learn more about joining the group, contact Emily Davis-Fletcher at emilydfj@gmail.com.

Online: Pat Conroy Literary Center Facebook page

April 18 2:00 p.m
Free | Duration: 1 1/2 hours

Moon and Sun Poets include:
Andrew Bellacomo is a writer and video director living in Albany, Georgia. He has been called to storytelling his whole life and draws inspiration from history and the natural world. In his work he often finds a yearning for a deeper understanding of what it means to have a sense of place and how we might live in greater harmony with the earth. He considers the marshes and the sea islands of the Atlantic coast his spiritual home.

Robin Dare lives aboard ‘Liberty Call’ full-time with her husband Rob and her dog Stella. Robin earned her MFA in poetry from Rosemont College in Philadelphia, PA. She published her book of prose poems, Transponder with Rank Stranger Press. Her poems have appeared in Diagram, Sentence, and Mid-American Review.

Emily Davis-Fletcher earned her BFA in creative writing from Stephens College and her MA in women’s studies from the National University of Ireland Galway. Her poetry has been published in Southword, Crannóg Magazine, the Irish Examiner, and The High Window, among other journals and anthologies. In 2018, Emily was selected to read at the Cork International Poetry Festival; and her poem Sow Calling was a finalist in the Sublingua Prize for Poetry 2019. Emily has taught several writing and poetry courses in partnership with the Pat Conroy Literary Center. She facilitates the Moon and Sun Poets online weekly poetry workshop.

After spending a lifetime being a military nomad, as a child and a spouse, Jane Forsythe has found her forever home in Beaufort with her husband Barney. As a retired Early Childhood Educator, she embraces the journey of lifelong learning and found herself in a poetry workshop offered by the Conroy Literary Center last May. With inspiration teeming along Lucy Creek and the support of the Moon and Sun Poets, she is discovering that poetry is far more than a mere search for rhyme.

Heather Rose Johnson is from Columbia, Missouri, and resides in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband and two children. Johnson graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design/Product Development from Stephens College in 2005. Johnson has spent much of her career as a professional seamstress and pattern maker, but has woven her love of story and writing into creative projects such as fashion events, puppet shows, film, poetry and is currently writing a children’s book, Nyla Loves to Eat Flowers. Johnson crafted story from a young age while making hand puppets and marionettes with her mother.

June Labyzon published her first poem in the fourth grade on the bare green walls of her elementary school in New Jersey. This led her to discover her love of poetry early in life and provided opportunities as the years became decades to study with featured poets from the New York School of Poetry, such as Anne Waldmann, Sharon Messmer, David Henderson, and Todd Colby. She earned her undergraduate (BA) and graduate degrees (MS) in Early Childhood Education and English and has taught for 41 years. June’s poetry has been published widely online and she has been a featured poet at the St. Marks Poetry Project, the Cornelia Café, Silk Stockings Café, and other venues in NYC. Currently, June is writing a memoir and compiling two volumes of poetry. She resides in beautiful Beaufort, SC.

Jacquelyn Markham has loved poetry since tromping through the mint along a meadow brook as a child. She has written it nearly as long, so as a freshman in college, she decided to make a career of it. After her bachelor’s degree in English, she earned a masters and a doctorate in English and Creative Writing from Florida State University. Author of two chapbooks and a collection, she has published nationally and internationally in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies, including Archive: South Carolina Poetry Since 2005, Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Lullwater Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, The High Window, Woman and Earth, among others. A recipient of numerous grants and awards for literary merit and the Adele Mellen Prize for distinguished scholarship, Dr. Markham has taught creative and expository writing, literature, and women’s studies in universities and communities. She lives and works on the coast of South Carolina.

Susanna Trifiletti was born in Rome and to keep the family tradition of migrating abroad, she made Cork her home. She has been writing puppetry shows for kids and doing storytelling on lazy Sunday morning to entertain the children while parents with hangover were getting a nap in the back seats. During the pandemic, she joined the Moon and Sun Poets. She is an activist, theatre maker and educator.

In addition to poetry, Doris Wright writes short stories and has written a novel. Awarded second place in the Short Story America 2018 contest, her non-fiction story was accepted for the 2020 Catfish Stew anthology and one of her poems will be published in its 2021 anthology. “Surviving the Sequester” was published in Beaufort, SC’s Lowcountry Weekly. Another story, “Buried Along with Her Name,” was awarded second place in the Sea Island Spirit Writers 6th Annual Short Story Contest, and she has been a runner-up in the Wow! Women on Writing flash fiction contests. Doris, who has a degree in English, has taken graduate courses, participated in writers’ workshops, including the N.Y. State Summer Writers Institute, and Colgate University’s novel, short story and poetry workshops. Now retired, Doris and her husband Don enjoy traveling, writing, reading, and exercise. They have visited China, and many European and African countries.


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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