Poetry Authors

We Could Be Oceans

Matthew Foley is a writer, spoken word artist, and an English teacher in Charleston, SC. In 2014, Matt was voted “Charleston’s Favorite Literary Artist” by the readers of Art Mag.  He is the founder of Holy City Youth Slam, a poetry organization for Charleston-area students. His first book of poetry, We …


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Elegy For A Broken Machine: Poems

Patrick Phillips is the author of two poetry collections, Boy and Chattahoochee, which won the 2005 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His honors include both Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Discovery / The Nation Prize from the …


Punch.

Ray McManus is the author of four books of poetry: Punch. (Hub City Press, 2014) Red Dirt Jesus (Marick Press, 2011), Left Behind (Steeping Stones Press, 2008), and Driving through the country before you are born (USC Press, 2007). His poetry has appeared numerous journals, most recently in Blue Collar …


You Were Born One Time

Quitman Marshall’s new book of poems, You Were Born One Time (96 Press, 2014), won the SC Poetry Archives Book Prize. He was the founding host of the Literary Series at Spoleto Festival USA and a founding board member of the SC Book Festival. In 1996 he won the Writers …


The Very Least of Me: Poems and Stories

Len Lawson has an M.A. in English from National University in San Diego, CA. He teaches writing at Morris College in Sumter, SC, where he was named Professor of the Year in 2013. A Berfrois Poetry Prize finalist, Len has published several poems in literary journals and magazines including Jasper, …


New and Selected Poems

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, …


I Only Left For Tea

Al Black is a northern born southern poet. Born and raised in Lafayette, IN, he’s been writing poetry for more than 50 years, but didn’t share his poetry until he moved to the Deep South in 2008. He often may be seen hosting Columbia area poetry events and is known to quietly …


Nest

An associate professor of English at USC, Ed Madden is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Nest (Salmon 2014). His work also appears in Best New Poets 2007 and elsewhere. He is also the editor of Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio. In January 2015, he …


To the Wren Nesting

Kristine Hartvigsen is a Columbia-based writer who works in nonprofit communications. A former journalist and magazine editor, she continues to write for a variety of publications, including Jasper and Columbia Living magazines. Kristine is a two-time finalist in the South Carolina Poetry Initiative’s Single Poem Contest. In 2012, Muddy Ford …


Water Unto Light

In 2006, Heather Dearmon won first place in the South Carolina Poetry Initiative and the State newspaper’s Single Poem Contest, followed by a first place award in the Kakalak 2009 Anthology of Carolina Poets. Dearmon’s poetry has appeared in many publications, including Earth’s Daughters and qarrtsiluni. Dearmons’s first collection of …


American Sycamore

Kathleen Nalley is the author of Nesting Doll (winner of the S.C. Poetry Initiative Prize), and the upcoming American Sycamore (Finishing Line Press). Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming in various journals, including, most recently, Night Block, The Bitter Southerner, Melancholy Hyperbole, and Night Owl, as well as …