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This is the first event of this April 21, 2018 between 12 noon and 1 pm

Santa Helena History Center

Explore best-selling author Pat Conroy’s reverence for the art of teaching and his own legacy as a teacher. Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director Jonathan Haupt will discuss informative, inspirational profiles of representative teachers from Conroy’s formative years as a student at Beaufort High School and profiles of Conroy’s own students at BHS and on Daufuskie Island. Using photos, video and audio clips, and excerpts from published and unpublished writings by and about Conroy. This 60-minute presentation will broaden our appreciation for the beloved writer’s great love of teaching and of his adopted home in the South Carolina lowcountry.

This free public program is presented by the Pat Conroy Literary Center in partnership with the Santa Elena History Center.

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About our Presenter:

Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center and the founding director of the annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival. He serves on the boards of the South Carolina Academy of Authors, the Deckle Edge Literary Festival, and the Friends of South Carolina Libraries. With Charleston novelist Nicole Seitz, he is coeditor of the forthcoming anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy.



This is the second event of this April 21, 2018 between 3 and 5 pm


Free and open to the public.

Indulge your poetic side at the Otram Slabess Poets’ 11th Annual Poetry Reading featuring six local poets, followed by an open mic for guests. Presented in partnership with the Charles Street Gallery and the Pat Conroy Literary Center, the poetry reading will also include music, refreshments, and inspired conversation. Books by participating poets will be available for sale. Join us!

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Featured poets and members of Otram Slabess:
Warren Slesinger, Quitman Marshall, Jacquelyn Markham, Olivia Stiffler, Emily Davis-Fletcher. Also featuring Tim Conroy, author of Theologies of Terrain.

About the Otram Slabless Poets:
Otram Slabess Poets came together originally in Beaufort, SC, in 2003. The group’s namesake, Slabess, a great Persian poet of the thirteenth century, echoed his own master when he said that poetry, by means of a certain determined ambiguousness, was aimed at stirring up those faculties in people that cause them to experience expansive and contractive moods and, in turn, cause great effects in the order of the world.

While each current member of the group is an accomplished published poet and/or prose writer, each has also labored to other effect:

Jacquelyn Markham

Teacher, doctoral scholar, well-published and praised

Quitman Marshall

Host of the literary series at the Spoleto Festival, editor, and teacher

Warren Slesinger

Founding editor and publisher of the Bench Press

Olivia Stiffler

Mentor, healer, bird watcher and truth-telling Missourian

Emily Davis-Fletcher

Teacher, activist, and messenger from the Ireland of Yeats, Heaney, Boland, and Ni Dhomhnaill

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