5 and 2/3 Things I Didn’t Realize About Grad. School Until I Left
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5 and 2/3 Things I Didn’t Realize About Grad. School Until I Left

This was published as a University of South Carolina series called “Professional Journeys” where Candace Wiley give tips to current graduate students. 5⅔ Things I Didn’t Realize About Grad School until I Left Ah… grad school… The place where you think that you’re the only person crying in the shower. In grad school, you eat Foucault...

2017 Winter Retreat
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2017 Winter Retreat

December 26-30th 2017 The retreat features living room style daily classes/workshops, daily craft talks, two readings, one holistic and interactive workshop, a keynote speech, group writing challenges, and a genuine community.   2017 Winter Retreat Facilitators Terrance Hayes Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead (Penguin 2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the...

ETV’s Carolina Classrooms
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ETV’s Carolina Classrooms

We were featured on ETV’s Carolina Classrooms, an educational series for teachers, parents and all citizens invested in the education of our children. Each program focuses on key educational topics and initiatives in our state. We talk about our youth workshops and summer camps, which teach creative writing, self-confidence, and communications skills.

AWP: Spotlight
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AWP: Spotlight

Share your favorite work-related memory. There are so many, but one of our favorite is how our annual fish fry started. This was at our second Annual Winter Retreat in 2014. We sent someone out to the store to get a couple of fish for dinner. We’d already cooked, but we needed a couple more....

Free Black Space
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Free Black Space

1 In December, a white woman entered our poet-of-color space. The year before too, a different white woman entered our poet-of-color space and had the nerve to offer instruction to the whole group of poets. 2 Nothing is neutral and ahistorical. This is problematic for an organization dedicated to poets of color who reserve our...

Legendary Women
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Legendary Women

A beautiful interview by Margaret Bates. Thank you, Margaret. Here’s an excerpt of “Sitting Down with the Women of The Watering Hole.” What do you think are challenges that face both writers and performers of poetry (whether written or spoken word)? It all comes back to craft for the stage and page poet. Poetry is...

5 Tips for Managing Stress in the Classroom
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5 Tips for Managing Stress in the Classroom

Most professional poets make their money in another industry, the most popular being education. Jennifer Bartell, who has taught for more than a decade in both high school and university, has 5 tips for managing stress in the classroom.

5 Tips for Supporting Local Businesses and Organizations
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5 Tips for Supporting Local Businesses and Organizations

People always offer to help local orgs/businesses. The problem is that they either don’t know what’s helpful, don’t realize the amount of work it takes, or the org/business doesn’t know what they need or how to ask for it. Tanisha Hall, who runs The Writer’s Block and @ACoupleOfCooksSC in Columbia, SC has some thoughts on...

Poeting while Parenting
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Poeting while Parenting

Lucille Clifton is one of the many notable poet-parents who found a way to balance art and family duties. Here are 5 tips on how to improve this work-life balance.

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