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Charleston's Free Verse Festival announces schedule


Organizer of the Free Verse Festival and Charleston poet laureate Marcus Amaker (left) and Quentin Baxter perform. Jennifer Smith

The official schedule for the month-long Free Verse Festival, a poetry festival organized by Charleston poet laureate Marcus Amaker, has been released.

The events start on Sept. 29 and extend through Oct. 31. They are located at a variety of locations around the Lowcountry and provide opportunities for both listening and participating. 

From Spoken Word at the Gaillard to typewriter poetry at the Charleston Farmers' Market, there are events for a range of literary lovers. There is even a poetry and hip-hop showcase at Pure Theatre.

Event prices range from free to $11.

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There will also be kids' poetry workshops every Saturday in October and several school workshops throughout the month, as well as collaborations with Charleston Moves, Enough Pie and Avondale. Poems will be printed on small tags and attached to bikes around town, poetry will be displayed in public spaces along the Upper Peninsula and a "poetry alley" will be created in collaboration with artist Geoffrey Richardson. 

You can view the full schedule here


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Kalyn Oyer is a Charleston native who covers arts and entertainment for The Post and Courier's Thursday edition, Charleston Scene. She used to write about music for the Charleston City Paper and Scene SC.