Poet Lola Campbell

Thanks to a new partnership with the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce, the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center’s Open Mic Night will begin meeting in person every other month, starting Thursday, February 9. The Open Mic will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Sandies (711 Bladen Street, Beaufort). The event is free and open to the public.

Open Mic Night features short, 3-minute readings of poetry and prose by local writers, culminating in a longer reading by a special guest writer. The featured poet for February is Lola Campbell, author of the debut collection Writing on the Wall. Campbell is also the owner of Binya: Gullah Gifts & More on Hilton Head Island, as well as a blogger and a senior attorney in the financial industry. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Howard University School of Law.

The Conroy Center’s Open Mic Night is also presented in partnership with the statewide South Carolina Writers Association. Upcoming featured writers include novelist Ciera Horton McElroy, author of Atomic Family (virtual, March 30), poet Jacquelyn Markham, author of Rainbow Warrior (in person at Sandies, April 13), and novelist Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, author of Even as We Breathe (virtual, May 11).

To register in advance to read from your work at an Open Mic Night, email the Conroy Center at contact@patconroyliterarycenter.org. Writers may also be able to sign up in person at Sandies just prior to the start of the February 9 Open Mic.