The nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center’s monthly Open Mic Night will be held at the Conroy Center (601 Bladen St.) on Thursday, January 11, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The featured writer is award-winning poet Miho Kinnas, author of the newly released collection Waiting for Sunset to Bury Red Camellias. Open Mic will also feature short readings of 3 to 5 minutes each by other writers in many genres. This event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the readings.

Interested in reading from your own original writings as part of Open Mic (in person or virtually)? Email the Conroy Center in advance at

About the Featured Writer
Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2019 and 2023), Miho Kinnas is a poet and translator.
Waiting for Sunset to Bury Red Camellias is her third collection of poetry, following Today, Fish Only (2014) and Move Over, Bird (2019). A poetry of collaboration with E. Ethelbert Miller, We Eclipse into The Other Side, was published in 2023. Elaine Equi selected her poem “Three Shrimp Boats Over the Horizon” for Best American Poetry 2023. Miho operates a community bookshop, An Island Bookshelf, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. She holds an MFA in poetry from the City University of Hong Kong.

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