Archive: South Carolina Poetry since 2005 - Episode 78

March 14, 2019

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses Archive: South Carolina Poetry since 2005 and more with Dr. Ed Madden, Dr. Ray McManus, and Dr. Jeffrey Makala. Author of four books of poetry, Dr. Madden is a professor of English and director of the Women's and Gender Studies program at the University of South Carolina. In 2015 he was named the poet laureate for the City of Columbia. Dr. McManus is an award-winning poet and Professor of English at the University of South Carolina Sumter. He is Writer in Residence at the Columbia Museum of Art and Chair of the Board of Governors for the South Carolina Academy of Authors. Dr. Makala is Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist at Furman University and is coeditor of Archive: SC Poetry Since 2005, published by the Ninety-Six Press, which is part of the South Carolina Poetry Archives in Furman University's Special Collections and Archives department.

Libby Bernardin - Episode 73

December 21, 2018

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses poetry and more with South Carolina poet, Libby Bernardin. Libby has published two chapbooks, The Book of Myth (SC Poetry Initiative, 2009) and Layers of Song (Finishing Line Press, 2011). Her poems have appeared in Notre Dame Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, Cairn, Kakalak, Pinesong, and the Poetry Society of South Carolina Yearbooks. She is a Life Member of the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors, and a member of the Poetry Society of South Carolina and the North Carolina Poetry Society. Her poem “Transmigration” was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize.


A Conversation with Tim Conroy - Episode 62

August 28, 2018

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses poetry and more with poet Tim Conroy. Tim is a former special education teacher, school administrator, and vice president of the South Carolina Autism Society. His poetry and short fiction have been published in literary journals, magazines, and compilations, including Fall Lines, Auntie Bellum, and Marked by the Water. A founding board member of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, established in his brother’s honor, Tim lives and writes in Columbia, South Carolina and is the author of Theologies of Terrain.


Lee Snelgrove and One Columbia for Arts and History - Episode 60

August 10, 2018

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses the local arts scene and One Columbia with Lee Snelgrove. Lee is the Executive Director of One Columbia for Arts and History. Since taking the position, he's overseen the establishment of a process for commissioning public art and the installation of 30 new pieces, the establishment of the position of a City Poet Laureate, the development of a strategic plan for the Congaree Vista’s formal cultural district designation, and has been a leader of multi-organizational city-wide events including the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Burning of Columbia and the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend in August 2017. He is currently overseeing the coordination of 21 new public art projects.



South Carolina History through Poetry with Kimberly Simms - Episode 50

May 8, 2018

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses South Carolina cotton mill history through the poetry of author Kimberly J. Simms. Kimberly is graduate of Furman and Clemson Universities and her work has appeared in over 30 literary journals including the Asheville Poetry Review and the Broad River Review. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and her work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University. She is the proud founder of Wits End Poetry, a non-profit now celebrating 15 years of creating South Carolina poetry events and educational outreach. Kimberly is also a recent participant in our Speaker @ the Center program in March of 2018.

Simms' book, Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill, brings to life the social fault lines of textile mills in the rural South Carolina Piedmont — themes of child labor, the changing roles of women, of a fading away of life where isolation is juxtaposed against a strong sense of community. Part history, part poetry — this collection is peppered with the poignant, rarely seen photography of Lewis Hine (1874 – 1940). With Lindy Lee, Simms finds the vast and profound in the smallest of domestic spaces. In the words of William Wright (2016 Georgia Author of the Year), she celebrates and records in vivid imagery “the joys and hardships of a charged, mythic, and sweat-soaked place.”