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Date & Time: Sat, November 6, 2021 | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Location: Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce | 711 Bladen Street, Beaufort SC (limited seating)
Virtual: Also live-streamed on the Pat Conroy Literary Festival Facebook page
Cost: Free
Reserve Here for In Person: TBA

The Pat Conroy Literary Festival’s Open Mic Night will be a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual readings, headlined by Alabama Poet Laureate Ashley M. Jones, author of Reparations, Now!, and featuring fellow festival presenting authors. (Jones will be presenting remotely, onscreen.)

This free event is available for in-person viewing from the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce (711 Bladen St., Beaufort), where a cash bar will be available to attendees and presenters. The Open Mic will also be live-streamed on the festival Facebook page.

About the headliner:

Ashley M. JonesAshley M. Jones is newly appointed as the Poet Laureate of Alabama–the youngest writer and first African American selected for this prestigious position. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Florida International University, and she is the author of Magic City Gospel (Hub City Press 2017), dark / / thing (Pleiades Press 2019), and REPARATIONS NOW! (Hub City Press 2021). Her poetry has earned several awards, including the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, the Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards, the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry, a Literature Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, and the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award. She was a finalist for the Ruth Lily Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship in 2020. Her poems and essays appear in or are forthcoming at CNN, POETRY, The Oxford American, Origins Journal, The Quarry by Split This Rock, Obsidian, and many others. She teaches at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, she co-directs PEN Birmingham, and she is the founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival. https://ashleymjonespoetry.com

Photos as well as  short bios of all festival presenters are on the Presenter Page.
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