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September 11, 2007

Poetry at Noon Series Features "Magic and Magicians" and "Four South Carolina Poets" on Oct. 9 and Dec. 4

Poets will explore the mystery and allure of magic and magicians and the beauty of South Carolina during two Poetry at Noon readings at the Library of Congress.

"Magic and Magicians" will take place at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. "Four South Carolina Poets" will take place at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 4, also in the Mary Pickford Theater.

The poets scheduled to read during "Magic and Magicians" include Adele Steiner of Bethesda, Md., Willa Schneberg of Portland, Ore., and Nin Andrews of Poland, Ohio.

Steiner, a writer and teacher, serves as a poet-in-the-school for the Maryland State Arts Council. From 1996-2006, she was a poet-in-residence at Georgetown University Hospital. Steiner also conducted writing workshops at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She is the author of a volume of poetry "Freshwater Pearls" (1998) and a chapbook, "Refracted Love." Her poetry has been published in numerous poetry magazines. Steiner received a bachelor’s in English and a master’s in English and creative writing from the University of Maryland.

Schneberg received the 2002 Oregon Book Award in Poetry for her second collection, "In the Margins of the World" (2001). Garrison Keillor read a poem from that book on "The Writer’s Almanac." Another of her poems is displayed on buses and trains in Portland. She has been in residence at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, two artists’ communities. Her third and latest book of poems is "Storytelling in Cambodia" (2006).

Andrews’s fifth and latest poetry collection is "Sleeping with Houdini" (2007). She was the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council grant in 1998. Her work has been published in many literary reviews and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 1997 and The Best of the Prose Poem (2006). She lives in Poland, Ohio, with her husband and two children.

Four South Carolina poets bring intimations of sandy beaches and stately palmettos to the nation’s capital on Dec. 6. They include the Poet Laureate of South Carolina Marjory Wentworth, John Lane, Susan Meyers and Carol Ann Davis.

Wentworth is the author of "Noticing Eden" (2003). Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, and she has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She teaches poetry in an arts-and-healing program for cancer patients and their families. She also teaches creative writing at the Charleston County School of Arts. Wentworth was educated at Mt. Holyoke College and Oxford University and received a master’s in English literature and creative writing from New York University. She lives on Sullivan’s Island, S.C., with her husband and their three sons.

Lane is a noted environmental writer and poet. He is currently writing a book called "The Old Rob Poems." Place and wilderness are critical themes in his poetry. In 1995, he co-founded Hub City Writers Project, a community press and literary arts organization in Spartanburg, S.C. Since 1995, Hub City has published 29 books and hosted an annual writers’ conference.

Susan Meyers, a long-time writing teacher, is president of The Poetry Society of South Carolina. Her collection, "Keep and Give Away" (2006) won the 2007 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award for Poetry.

Carol Ann Davis’s first book, "Psalm," will be published in October 2007. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Davis lives in Charleston, where she directs the undergraduate creative writing program at The College of Charleston and edits "Crazyhorse."

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PR 07-176
09/11/07
ISSN 0731-3527

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