Poetry at McLeod returns on Sun. April 28 with activist poet Glenis Redmond

Reclaiming place


Redmond leads a poetry workshop at the James Island library on Saturday and reads some of her work on Sunday at McLeod. - PROVIDED
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  • Redmond leads a poetry workshop at the James Island library on Saturday and reads some of her work on Sunday at McLeod.
The latest installment in the Poetry at McLeod series will feature “Imagination Activist” poet Glenis Redmond. The reception and reading will be held at McLeod Plantation Historic Site on Sun. April 28, from 2-4 p.m.

Following the reading guests are invited to get their book signed and met Redmond. After the reception, guests are welcome to stick around and take a guided tour of the plantation.

The event is free to the first 50 park guests attending the poetry session. Additional attendees must pay the park's normal admission fee ($15/adults, $12/seniors, $6/ages 3-12, Free/under age 3). Charleston County Parks members with a Gold Pass are encouraged to use their passes for up to four free entrances into the park.

Redmond will also teach a poetry workshop, one that's free and open to the public, on Sat. April 27, 2-4 p.m. at the James Island Branch of the Charleston County Public Library.

Redmond is an autobiographical poet and in her workshop "About People, About Place," she will push and motivate attendees to delve deep within themselves and turn their experiences into poetry. This workshop is created for both novice and experienced poets.

The Poetry at McLeod Series is a collective effort between The Poetry Society of South Carolina, the S.C. Humanities Council, Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission, the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, the S.C. Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The purpose of the series is to bring African-American poets to a plantation site to reclaim the plantation from a place that silenced and imprisoned African-American poets’ ancestors into a place of empowerment and healing.

Redmond’s background in counseling has pushed her to work with at-risk teens, teaching them poetry to express themselves. Redmond is the Poet-in-Residence at The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville and at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, N.J. She is also a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist.

Redmond has won countless awards including a Cave Canem fellowship, the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival competition, and the Plattner Award.

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