Marjory Wentworth

PRESENTING
A Punch of Poetry | Saturday, May 16, 10:40 - 11:30, Carolina Meeting Room B
Genre(s) Poetry

Marjory Wentworth’s poems have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize five times.

Her books of poetry include Noticing Eden, Despite Gravity, and The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle and New and Selected Poems. She is the co-writer with Juan Mendez of Taking a Stand, The Evolution of Human Rights, co-editor with Kwame Dawes of Seeking, Poetry and Prose inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green, and the author of the prizewinning children’s story Shackles. Marjory is on the faculty at The College of Charleston and The Art Institute of Charleston. She is the co-founder of the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts. Her work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University, and she is the Poet Laureate of South Carolina.

Book Title: New and Selected Poems

New and Selected Poems includes more than fifty poems from Marjory Wentworth’s previous three collections, Noticing Eden, Despite Gravity, and The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle, plus twenty-eight new poems. This collection serves a capstone to Wentworth’s tenure as South Carolina poet laureate, a title she has held since 2003.

Thematically Wentworth’s poems invite us to view nature as a site of reflection and healing, to consider the power of familial bonds and friendships, and to broaden our awareness of human rights and social justice.