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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe is being celebrated in October

Students in the art department illustrated “Poe’s Poem in a Pocket,” a selection of Poe’s poems printed on colorful card stock and cut to fit the dimensions of a standard-size pocket. They will distribute the poems at the Elloree Arts and Antique Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 10 on Cleveland Street in Elloree.

Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe

Seniors majoring in poetry and art will lead a book discussion and workshop, targeting home-schooled students, on Poe’s use of nature in his poems and short stories. “Stark Raven Mad: Poe and Nature” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Harbison State Forest, 5500 Broad River Road.

Carolina students majoring in theatre will read selected works included in Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe at “Stark Raven Mad: Waking Poe” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Black Box Theater. The stage will be set with a coffin and funeral flowers. Guests will be asked to sign a "Guest List" and will be escorted to their seats by a student posing as the evening's mortician.

Students in the art department will create an image of a raven that will be featured on “Poe’s Poem in the Pocket,” with an excerpt from “The Raven” at “Stark Raven Mad: Trick or Treat with the Greeks.” The annual campus Greek organizations’ outreach program for children will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Greek Village.

Senior students majoring in studio art and poetry will focus on images of nature in Poe’s work as part of “Stark Raven Mad: Riverbanks Zoo and Garden” from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. An art exhibition of the student's interpretations of Poe's poem "The Raven" will be a focal point for the poetry reading.

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    For a complete list of events the Arts Institute has scheduled in Columbia and across the state to celebrate Edgar Allan Poe, click here.



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