Poet Sandra Beasley can’t wait to “slurp some oysters down” when she gets to Charleston.
Important as it is, it won’t be the only activity she partakes in while in South Carolina. Beasley will be reading excerpts from her unpublished third manuscript about travel, “Count the Ways,” in Piccolo Spoleto Festival’s Sundown Poetry Series.
“Charleston is an incredibly rich area for poetry,” Beasley said. “And I love that this series integrates poetry and other arts.”
One of the oldest running traditions since Piccolo Spoleto was founded in 1979, the Sundown Poetry Series features 10 local, regional and national poets chosen from an application process by co-coordinators, Susan L. Meyers and Barbara Hagerty.
Hagerty, who also will be reading in the series, considers herself a “closet poet.” She started writing poetry in the middle of her life, she said.
“I previously wrote many essays on raising children, being a woman and living in this culture,” Hagerty said. “I now have the same interests but a different genre. Poets want to connect with readers. ... First they write, they have created this piece, so, naturally, they want to have it read. Most poets are happy and eager for that experience.”
The series, which began May 27, will continue each weeknight at 6:30 p.m., June 3-7, at the Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Readings are free and open to the public, and each is followed by a reception at a nearby local art gallery.
Briana Prevost is a Goldring Arts Journalist from Syracuse University.