Critics’ Picks: Free Verse Festival is back and brimming with poetry


Events for the week of Oct. 17-24

Free Verse Festival kicks off today — today, y’all! The week of events is full to the brim with poetry, music, pop-up dinners, you name it. Be sure to check out our feature on the second year of the festival, and specifically the event Spoken Words — one that Marcus Amaker considers to be a highlight of the fest. Here are a few other — totally free — Free Verse events we think you’ll want to check out (or, do yourself a favor, and attend each one).

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Redux | Stanzas and Synthesizers

In addition to being a kickass poet (and graphic designer), Marcus Amaker is an electronic musician. At Stanzas and Synthesizers Amaker performs music with Kayla Sewell (of Aviatrix) and Andy Natusch (of Sole Symphony) while local poets present spoken word poetry. You’ll hear from Derek Berry, Matthew Foley, and Bria the poet.

Wed. Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Free to attend. Redux Contemporary Art Center, 1056 King St. Downtown.

Queen Street Playhouse | Physical Poetry

Physical Poetry: SC’s evening of Dance brings words to life — and to bodies — in a show that “unites prominent and emerging dance artists from around SC on one stage, displaying concerns of our state, country, and personal truths.” Annex Dance Company opens the evening, sharing two works, W-I-L-D (2009) and Bernice (2017). Columbia, S.C.’s Moving Body Dance Company presents a work stepping into the lines of Ani Difranco’s poem, Self Evident, which explores physical conversations to reveal reoccurring truths about the wor(l)d. The second half of the evening highlights collaborations with Amaker and Charleston’s Dance Matters, presenting an excerpt from Coming to Monuments. The night closes with the Charleston premiere of contemporary dance collective, Yuhas & Dancers, from Columbia, S.C.

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Sun. Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Free to attend. Queen Street Playhouse, 20 Queen St. Downtown.

Frothy Beard Brewing Co. | Poetry & Pints

Join poet and social worker Marlanda Dekine at Frothy Beard for an evening of poetry and pints. Hear from Dekine and then step up to the mic to offer your own work. Dekine is the author and recording artist of i am from a punch & a kiss, a multimedia project that explores black queer identity, the legacy of white supremacy, and spirituality in the South.

Tues. Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. Free to attend. Frothy Beard Brewing Co., 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. West Ashley.

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