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Poetry at The Discovery Center

web posted April 19, 2011

EDGEFIELD – The second in an ongoing series of poetry and fiction readings at The Discovery Center in Edgefield, South Carolina, is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at 2PM.  Free and open to the public, the reading will feature Augusta artist-poet, Malaika Favorite and Greenville poet, Gilbert Allen.  As always, the featured readings will be followed by an Open Mike and a reception with tea and cakes, sponsored jointly by the Edgefield County Historical Society, Edgefield Regional Arts, and the Edgefield County Theatre Project.

Contributions at the door are welcome and will help these organizations to continue their good works on behalf of the town, the county and the region.

Malaika Favorite is a visual artist and writer.  She has published one collection of poetry, Illuminated Manuscript, with New Orleans Poetry Journal Press in 1991.  She has also published poetry, articles and stories in the anthologies Maple Leaf Rag, Maple Leaf Rag III, Uncommon Place, and Hurricane Blues, and in the following journals and magazines: Visions International, Xavier Review, Louisiana Literature, Louisiana English Journal, Pen International, Big Muddy, Drumvoices Revue and Art Papers. Malaika is the winner of the 2005 Louisiana Literature Prize for Poetry. Her art work can be found in collections through the United States.

At The Discovery Center, Malaika’s reading will be accompanied by a slide show of work related to her poems.  Her “garment series” of acrylic paintings will be on display (and for sale) in the auditorium of The Discovery Center from May 3rd until May 16th.

Gilbert Allen is the Bennette E. Geer Professor of Literature at Furman University.  His four poetry collections include In Everything, Second Chances, Commandments at Eleven, and Driving to Distraction.  Commandments at Eleven was chosen as one of the year’s five most outstanding books of 1994 by South Carolina’s principal newspaper, The State. Driving to Distraction was featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac and on Verse Daily. 

Allen has received the Amon Liner Award, the William Wordsworth Award, the Rainmaker Award, the David Ray Award, and the Robert Penn Warren Award.  He has appeared frequently on South Carolina Public Radio, and he is listed prominently in Walter Edgar’s The South Carolina Encyclopedia. He was the 2002-2003 recipient of the South Carolina Literary Arts Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission. Allen’s newest collection of poems, Body Parts, received the South Carolina Poetry Initiative chapbook award in 2006 and was published in 2007. His work has been nominated regularly for the Pushcart Prize, most recently in 2008 and 2009.

The Discovery Center in Edgefield has recently been converted from a Heritage Corridor site into the Edgefield County Historical Society’s museum of the history of Edgefield County, and, additionally, into an art Gallery and The William T. Bouknight Theatre.  Besides Poetry@The Discovery Center, the theatre is host to numerous club and other community meetings and to the ambitious first season of the Edgefield County Theatre Company, whose upcoming plays include The Dixie Chicks, and a final summer production yet to be announced. Call The Discovery Center for further information, 803-637-3833.

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