The first and only project in the nation to bring African-American poets to plantation sites, the Poetry at McLeod series is designed to "illuminate the experience and legacy of American slavery."
Sun. Sept. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at McLeod, local award-winning poet and College of Charleston associate professor Gary Jackson will read his work. On Sat. Sept. 9, Jackson will host a free poetry workshop, "Persona and the Poet's Voice," at James Island Town Hall from 2 to 4 p.m.
Jackson, a Topeka, Kan. native, with an MFA from the University of New Mexico, is the author of Missing You, Metropolis,
which was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Jackson joined the English department at CofC in 2013, and is the associate poetry editor of Crazyhorse
The McLeod reading and reception is free to the first 50 guests and to visitors with a Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission Gold Pass. Additional guests will pay the McLeod admission fees.
The reading will take place under the McLeod Oak, near the kitchen house and the owners' quarters. After the reading, guests are invited to tour the grounds of McLeod, which is an official Gullah heritage site, "preserved for its cultural and historical significance."
UPDATE: These events have been postponed due to Hurricane Irma.