by Cathy Holmes

Please join us on Sunday, January 21st at 1:30 PM in the Stern Center Ballroom for an afternoon of poetry.

Thirteen students from area high schools will be reciting poetry by Emily Dickinson, Robert Browning, C. K. Williams, Claude McKay, and more. These students have won their high school competitions and are vying for a chance to compete at the state level. One SC winner will compete nationally in Washington, DC.

Each contestant recites two poems chosen from the Poetry Out Loud (POL) anthology. Contest judges Dr. Emily Rosko and Dr. Gary Jackson of the Department of English will score the recitations. ASL interpreter Toni Halstead will add to our experience of the spoken word, and C of C students will play music and read original poetry between rounds. Student volunteers work alongside our POL community partners, LILA (Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts) and the Poetry Society of South Carolina, to help us run the competition and welcome contestants, teachers, and families to our campus.

This delightful event is free and open to the public. Please join us from 1:30-3 PM on Sunday, January 21.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact one of the coordinators:

Cathy Holmes or Samantha Watson, Student Coordinator

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