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Reading celebrates new South Carolina poetry anthology

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The South Carolina Poetry Archives resides in the Department of Special Collections and Archives in James B. Duke Library at Furman.

To celebrate National Poetry Month and the publication of “Archive: South Carolina Poetry Since 2005,” Furman University will host a poetry reading on campus Wednesday, April 11 at 4 p.m. in Burgiss Theater of the Trone Student Center.

The CLP event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Friends of the Furman University Libraries and the Furman Department of English.

“Archive” is published by The Ninety-Six Press and is edited by Furman faculty members Gil Allen, Jeffrey Makala and Bill Rogers.

Over 15 poets whose writings appear in the anthology will be present to read from the work and be available for questions and conversation at the event.

Edited by Furman faculty members Gil Allen, Jeffrey Makala and Bill Rogers, “Archive: South Carolina Poetry Since 2005” is a new anthology of the writings of 46 contemporary South Carolina poets. The anthology’s contents were previously published in national poetry journals, chapbooks or single-authored works. As such, the anthology is the best survey and summary of the writings of South Carolina poets since the previously-published 2005 Ninety-Six Press poetry anthology.

The Ninety-Six Press, established at Furman in 1991, has published over 20 volumes of poetry by South Carolina authors. It is now part of the South Carolina Poetry Archives in the Department of Special Collections and Archives in James B. Duke Library at Furman.

The South Carolina Poetry Archives contains the papers and manuscripts of over 20 South Carolina poets and a comprehensive collection of the published writings of all South Carolina poets.

Other group poetry readings featuring anthology contributors will take place throughout South Carolina in 2018. Books will be available for purchase and signing during the April 11 reading.

For more information, contact Kathleen Hamlin at 864-294-2191 and kathleen.hamlin@furman.edu.

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