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When: Saturday November 5, 2022; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Cost: $45
Limited to 15 participants
Location: Pat Conroy Literary Center (601 Bladen St., Beaufort, SC)

SC Academy of Authors inductee, Upstate South Carolina poet, and teaching artist Glenis Redmond explores the power of poetry through the legacy of David Drake, also known as Dave the Potter, an enslaved potter-poet from Aiken, South Carolina. He created both well-crafted pots and couplets, and he often merged these art forms by inscribing two lines of original verse on his earthenware pottery. Inspired by Johnathan Green’s artwork of David Drake, Glenis will demonstrate how couplets and ekphrastic poems have the power to ignite the imagination. This in-person workshop is open to poets and writers of all levels of experience.

Saturday, November 5, 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Held at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. $45/person, limited to 15 participants.

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About our instructor:

Glenis RedmondGlenis Redmond is a performance poet, a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, and a Cave Canem alumni. She is the author of three books of poetry: Backbone (Underground Epics, 2000), Under the Sun (Main Street Rag, 2002), and What My Hand Say (Press 53, 2016). She will have three more books published later in 2022: Listening Skin (Four Way Books), Three Harriets & Others (Finishing Line Press), and Praise Songs for Dave the Potter, Art by Jonathan Green, and Poetry by Glenis Redmond (University of Georgia Press). She is presently working on a seventh collection, Port Cities: Portals of the Second (Domestic) Middle Passage. In 2020 Glenis received the highest arts award in South Carolina, the Governor’s Award. She was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors in April.

Glenis is also a North Carolina Literary Fellowship recipient and helped to create the first Writer-in-Residence program at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock, North Carolina. She has spent almost three decades touring the country as a poet and teaching artist. She served as the Poet-in-Resident for the Peace Center in Greenville and the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.

As a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, for seventeen years, Glenis has created and facilitated poetry workshops for school districts across the country. Since 2014, she has served as the mentor poet for the National Student Poets Program through Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. In the past she has prepared these exceptional youth poets to read at the Library of Congress, the Department of Education, and for First Lady Michelle Obama at The White House. Her poetry has been showcased on NPR and PBS and has been most recently published in Orion Magazine, storySouth and The New York Times, as well as numerous literary journals nationally and internationally. Glenis believes poetry is the mouth that speaks when all other mouths are silent.

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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