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LITERARY & IDEAS: Doing the Charleston Renaissance: A Connoisseur Tour Featuring Cultural Rebirth after the Civil War

May 28, 31; June 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 10:00am Doing the Charleston Renaissance: A Connoisseur Tour Featuring Cultural Rebirth after the Civil War This two-hour walking tour will take you back in time to explore Charleston’s historic district, showcasing the art, music, and places of early twentieth-century artists. These artists fostered a city-wide rebirth by […]

LITERARY & IDEAS: ‘The Boy Who Came Back’ and Other Tales from Tuscarora Tradition

Mon., May 30, 6:00pm ‘The Boy Who Came Back’ and Other Tales from Tuscarora Tradition The world holds no storytelling tradition livelier than that of the Iroquois/Hodenosaunee Confederacy of the Six Longhouse Nations. For the Longhouse folk, the hills and woods of eastern North America were populated with a colorful cast of witches, monsters, vampires, spirits, and other supernatural beings. Not only do […]

LITERARY & IDEAS, SUNDOWN POETRY: “From the Ward to the Word: Nurses as Writers.”

Tue., May 31, 6:30pm “From the Ward to the Word: Nurses as Writers.” A poetry performance by four awardwinning and widely published nurse writers coming from various locations to read for us: Cortney Davis, Jeanne Bryner, Veneta Masson, and Muriel A. Murch. Facilitated by Lisa Kerr, the brief readings showcase how nurses can translate the mysterious moments they share with patients and their observations […]


Wed., June 1, 6:30pm Dannye Romine Powell Ms. Powell of Charlotte, NC, is the author of four poetry collections including her latest, Nobody Calls Me Darling Anymore (Press 53, 2015). Her awards include poetry fellowships from the NEA and the NC Arts Council, as well as numerous book awards. She is a long-time columnist and book reviewer for The Charlotte Observer. Venue […]


Thu., June 2, 6:30pm John Milkereit Based in Houston, TX, John Milkereit is the author of A Rotating Equipment Engineer Is Never Finished (Ink Brush Press, 2015), as well as two chapbooks published by Pudding House Productions. His work has also appeared in San Pedro River Review and Big River Poetry Review, among other journals. A Charleston native, he is completing an […]


Fri., June 3, 6:30pm Jaki Shelton Green As well as being a highly regarded literary teacher and consultant, Jaki Shelton Green is the author of numerous poetry collections, including her latest work, Feeding the Light (Jacar Press, 2014). Her work has also appeared widely in publications such as Essence Magazine, Obsidian, and Poets for Peace. Recently, she was the inaugural Poet Laureate of […]

LITERARY & IDEAS: Film Screening: Secrets of the Longleaf Pine

Thu., June 2, 7:00pm Secrets of the Longleaf Pine The Sierra Club, an influential grassroots environmental organization, presents a screening of a documentary about the forgotten Longleaf Pine forest that once blanketed the coastal plain of the Southeastern US. Rivaled only by the Amazon, these remarkable patches of old growth Longleaf forest display more biodiversity than any other ecosystem […]

LITERARY & IDEAS: Piccolo Fiction

PICCOLO FICTION Sat., June 4, 5:00pm Charleston Music Hall 37 John Street Free The Festival’s longest-running event exclusively devoted to fiction, Piccolo Fiction invites local authors to present brief short stories. For this year’s event, readings will be held in the Charleston Music Hall, and, following recent tradition, each story will begin with the words, “I ducked into the alley…” The 2016 […]

AWOJC: Feature Film Series: Farewell Herr Schwarz

June 5 at 10:00am Farewell Herr Schwarz (Schnee von gestern) (Germany/Israel | 96m | 2014 | German, Hebrew & English w/ English Subtitles) This cinematic journey about buried family secrets and the legacy of the Holocaust won best documentary awards at the Haifa International and DOK Leipzig Film Festivals. At the end of WWII, Reuveny’s […]

AWOJC: Feature Film Series: Mr. Kaplan

June 6 at 6:00pm Mr. Kaplan (Uruguay | 2014 | 98m | Spanish w/ English subtitles) In this eminently likeable, droll comedy, Jacob Kaplan lives an ordinary life in Montevideo. Like many of his Jewish friends, Jacob fled Europe for South America during World War II. About to turn 76, he’s become rather grumpy and […]

AWOJC: Feature Film Series: The Art Dealer

June 7 at 6:00pm The Art Dealer (L’Antiquaire) (France | 2014 | 95m | French w/ English subtitles) A stylish Parisian thriller set in the murky world of Nazi-looted art. A young journalist, Esther Stegmann (Anna Sigalevitch, best known from The Piano Teacher), finds herself caught up in a web of betrayal and complicity as […]


Tue., June 7, 6:30pm Nick Lindsay At 89, Nick Lindsay is a troubadour, expert builder, master storyteller, and accomplished musician. Son of Vachel Lindsay and a longtime resident of Edisto Island, he will read from his book Esau Lanier, a lyrical exploration of race, work, place, the natural world, and more. This epic poem is rendered in Pushkin sonnets that tell of […]


Wed., June 8, 6:30pm Jacquelin Johnson Based in Brooklyn, NY, Jacqueline Johnson is the author of the award-winning poetry collections A Woman’s Season (Main Street Rag Press, 2015) and A Gathering of Mother Tongues (White Pine Press, 1998). She is a Cave Canem fellow and has performed at numerous venues including the Metropolitan Museum, the New York Center for Book Arts, St. […]


Thu., June 9, 6:30pm Laurel Blossom Ms. Blossom is the Poet Laureate of Edgefield, SC. Her new collection, Longevity (Four Way Books, 2015) is a book-length narrative prose poem and is the companion piece to her book Degrees of Latitude. Her earlier books are Wednesday: New and Selected Poems, The Papers Said, What’s Wrong, and Any Minute. Her many awards include a […]


Fri., June 10, 6:30pm Nikky Finney Based in Columbia, SC, Nikky Finney is the author of four poetry collections including her latest, titled Head Off & Split (Triquarterly Books/Northwestern U Press, 2011), winner of the National Book Award. She also holds a position as editor of the anthology The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (University of Georgia Press, 2007) and co-founder […]