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Celebrate Black Poets! ft. Glenis Redmond

  • PURE Theatre 477 King St. Charleston, SC 29403 (map)

We're celebrating Black History Month with a special event.

We're featuring a reading by poet, activist, and teaching artist Glenis Redmond & we're throwing a very special open mic.

For our open mic:

We're asking poets to bring one poem from a black poet they admire. This might be someone famous, like Maya Angelou or Amiri Baraka, or it might be your friend!

If you need inspiration, check out The Unspoken Word page for suggestions. We'll be posting about one black writer every day in the month of February, giving light hopefully to some incredible contemporary writers.

We hope you'll join us for this incredible evening. If you would like to read, please sign up here:

If we have time for poets to share their own work as well, we'll have a limited open mic.

About our feature Glenis Redmond:

Glenis Redmond travels nationally and internationally reading and teaching poetry so much that she has earned the title, Road Warrior Poet. She is Poet-in-Residence at The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, South Carolina, and also at State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. During February 2016, at the request of U.S. State Department, Glenis traveled to Muscat, Oman, to teach a series of poetry workshops and perform poetry for Black History Month. In 2014-16, Glenis served as the Mentor Poet for the National Student Poet's Program to prepare students to read at the Library of Congress, the Department of Education, and for First Lady Michelle Obama at The White House. Glenis is a Cave Canem Fellow, a North Carolina Literary Fellowship Recipient, and a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist. She also helped create the first Writer-in-Residence at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Glenis believes that poetry is a healer, and she can be found in the trenches across the world applying pressure to those in need, one poem at a time.