University of South Carolina

Palmetto Children’s Poetry Festival set for Oct. 23

The University of South Carolina campus will be alive with poetry for children and teens Oct. 23 for the 2010 Palmetto Children’s Poetry Festival.

The festival, to be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the Thomas Cooper Library, is designed for children, parents, educators and established writers and will feature readings by famous writers of children’s books, on-stage interviews with poets and arts-based performances by featured poets.

Among the featured poets will be Curtis L. Crisler, Dinah Johnson, Meg Kearney, Marilyn Nelson and Naomi Shihab Nye.

Split P Soup poets, USC’s English Department and its Richland County School District partners will present poetry workshops for teens and children beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a musical performance by Kwame Dawes, USC professor of English, readings by noted poets and a book signing by Curtis L. Crisler.

For more information about the Palmetto Children’s Poetry Festival, contact Charlene Spearen at the Arts Institute, 803-777-5492 or cmspeare@mailbox.sc.edu. Dawes, director of the Arts Institute and Poetry Initiative, is available for interviews at 803-777-5492. kwamedawes@sc.edu.

The festival is sponsored by the USC Arts Institute, the S.C. Poetry Initiative and the S.C. Humanities Council.

Palmetto Children’s Poetry Festival

  • Who: Curtis L. Crisler, Dinah Johnson, Meg Kearney, Marilyn Nelson and Naomi Shihab Nye among featured poets
  • When: Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: In front of the Thomas Cooper Library

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 10/19/10 @ 5:05 PM | Updated: 10/22/10 @ 9:04 AM | Permalink