Poetry Readings in April

Sunday Afternoon Poetry Readings in the Poetry Garden
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April throughout the United States. During the month, schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. This year every Sunday afternoon in April, from 2 – 3 p.m., Brookgreen will host a live poetry readings in the Poetry Garden. The emphasis of these readings would be on poems that mention gardens, the spring season, and other aspects of the natural world. We hope you will enjoy the new poetry readings in one of the most beautiful months of the year.

Here is the schedule of poems for the readings.

Sunday, April 7
Cliff Saunders, series host and a member of Brookgreen’s Guest Services staff, will kick off the event with readings of Archer Huntington’s poetry as well as poems on spring and gardens by several well-known authors. Saunders has published six chapbooks, including Mapping the Asphalt Meadows (Slipstream Publications, 1991) and This Candescent World (Runaway Spoon Press, 1994). His poems have also appeared in the anthologies Intro 7 (Doubleday/Anchor, 1975), Full Court: A Literary Anthology of Basketball (Breakaway Books, 1996), and 2001: A Science Fiction Anthology (Anamnesis Press, 2001), as well as such journals as The Apalachee Quarterly, Poem, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Rolling Stone, and Oxford Magazine. He also co-edited the anthology Voices of the Lowcountry (Oceanfront Press, 2000).

Sunday, April 14
Dan Albergotti, featured reader, is the author of The Boatloads (BOA Editions, 2008) and The Use of the World (Unicorn Press, 2013). His poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Five Points, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Pushcart Prize XXXIII, as well as other journals and anthologies. A graduate of the MFA program at UNC Greensboro and former poetry editor of The Greensboro Review, Albergotti is an associate professor at Coastal Carolina University, where he teaches literature and writing courses and edits the online journal Waccamaw.

Sunday, April 21
Susan Laughter Meyers, featured reader, is the author of My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass, forthcoming this fall as the inaugural winner of the Cider Press Review Editor’s Prize. Her collection Keep and Give Away (University of South Carolina Press) received the SC Poetry Book Prize; her chapbook Lessons in Leaving, the Persephone Press Book Award. She has been awarded poetry fellowships by the SC Academy of Authors and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). A long-time writing instructor, she has an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. She lives with her husband in rural Givhans, SC.
Libby Bernardin, featured reader, has two chapbooks, Layers of Song (Finishing Line Press 2011) and The Book of Myth (Stepping Stones Press 2009), which was one of six winners in the South Carolina Poetry Initiative chapbook contest. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including Southern Poetry Review, The South Carolina Poetry Society Yearbook, Cairn, and Kakalak. Poems are included in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume I: South Carolina, and After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events. Other publications over several years have included Notre Dame Review, The Devil’s Millhopper, and Negative Capability.

Sunday, April 28
The series will conclude with an hour devoted to open mic readings. A sign-up sheet will be available at 1:30 pm in The Poetry Garden. Signees will each be allowed four minutes to read poems of their choosing. Poems should be on gardens, spring, and the natural world and should be acceptable for all audiences.

(Note: In the event of inclement weather, readings will be held in the Fry Classroom at the Welcome Center.)