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Free Verse Poetry Festival 

When: Oct. 3-31 2017
The Free Verse Poetry Festival is a month-long series of firsts — it's the first festival of its kind in Charleston, presented by the city's first poet laureate, Marcus Amaker. Sponsored by The Cooper School, The Schoolhouse, Enough Pie, Charleston Moves, and PURE Theatre, the festival features a ton of free events, along with a handful under the $15 range. The fest starts in early October with some collab reading events with the MOJA festival, including speakers like Horace Mungin and Tammaka Staley. On Wed. Oct. 4 head to Dock Street Theatre for a poetry and jazz night ($10), with Quentin E. Baxter, Amaker, and more local musicians. On Sat. Oct. 7 you can snag your own typewritten poem at the Charleston Farmers Market for $5. We may be most excited about Blank Page Poetry, though, a pay-what-you-will mixed media performance to be held on Sat. Oct. 14 at PURE. A large piece of blank paper will be suspended from the ceiling, with performers positioned behind it, their shadows projected onto the temporary screen. As Amaker says, "These shadows thus serve as a visual instigator, transforming the performer into an artifice set in expressive motion." Cool stuff. More info at
— Connelly Hardaway


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