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    Poetry for all

    Discover the poet in you along with the entire University of South Carolina community.

UniVERSE: UofSC Poetry Initiative

We are fostering a love for poetry throughout the University of South Carolina community. We invite everyone — students, faculty and staff members, and alumni — to write a poem, read a poem and join us for poetry events.

UniVERSE was conceived to share the beauty of language and the powerful insights of poetry throughout the UofSC community. Whether you haven't written a poem since high school or you have a desk drawer full of polished drafts, you can join the effort to celebrate poetry.

Read an introductory letter from Patricia Moore-Pastides.


Here's how you can get involved.



Become a Poetry Ambassador

Anyone interested may participate as a poetry ambassador. Here are just a few ways you can help:

  • Organize events on campus, both open events as well as events for your department, team or group
  • Read and select poems to be published in the UniVERSE initiative
  • Lead poetry readings or writing workshops
  • Assist with graphic design or social media

To become a poetry ambassador, email a note to



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