Pat Conroy Literary Festival
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Date & Time: Sat, November 6, 2021 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Location: Technical College of the Lowcountry | 104 Reynolds St, Bldg 12, Beaufort, SC (limited seating)
Virtual: Can choose to attend via Zoom
Cost: $45
Register Here for In Person & Zoom: Eventbrite

POW! ZAP! ZING! We love superheroes and poems for the same reason, because they jump right out of the page to inspire us! Did you know poetry can give you superpowers? You don’t need to be bitten by a radioactive spider or fall into a hadron collider! Learn how poets slow down time, travel back into the past, reflect the world, and illuminate stories previously invisible. In this workshop, we explore the benefits of poetry for readers, writers, and communities. We trade in seriousness for a sense of play. You’ll learn how to empower yourself through poetry and how to be a poet-superhero to your community. This workshop includes prompts for writing fun, collaborative poems and prompts for thinking about public poetry projects that bring the power of language, surprise, and exploration into the world! We’ll also send you home with plenty of resources to write, read, listen to, submit, collaborate on, and celebrate poetry!

About our instructors:

Derek BerryDerek Berry is a non-binary writer, podcast host, and educator. They are the author of the novel Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County and the poetry chapbooks Glitter Husk and Buggery. They serve as poetry editor of Emrys Journal and write book reviews for Free State Review. They are the recipient of the KAKALAK Poetry Award, Broad River Prize for Prose, BOOM Chapbook Prize, and Susan Meyers Summer Scholarship. They serve on the board of the Free Verse Poetry Festival and Poetry Society of South Carolina. They are the host of the creative writing podcast Contribute Your Verse, Their work has recently appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, ANMLY, beestung, Raleigh Review, Taco Bell Quarterly, and elsewhere. They work as a museum educator in Aiken, South Carolina. For more visit

Ann-Chadwell HumphriesAs a girl in rural Texas, Ann-Chadwell Humphries competed in poetry recitation. After retirement, she took community writing classes, then graduate classes in poetry. Muddy Ford Press selected Ann as the second in their Laureate series to publish her first book, An Eclipse and a Butcher. Ann was a finalist for Carrie McCray Nickens poetry fellowship, is a newly inducted member of SC Humanities Speaker’s Bureau, and is archiving her poetry papers at the University of South Carolina. Based in Columbia, Ann reads and writes using assistive technology. For more visit

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