Angelo Geter

Rock Hill, SC, Poet Laureate Angelo Geter will lead an online writing workshop, Sticks and Stones: Turning Grief into Verse, hosted by the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center on Thursday, January 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a phrase that has been used for countless years to illustrate the idea that words don’t hurt. However, words have a large impact. The key is how we use them, particularly when it comes to grief and loss. This workshop will explore how poetry can transform our relationship with grief by using elegies, language, and imagery to relinquish pain, give power, and honor our losses. Held on Zoom, the workshop is open to writers at all levels of experience—or no experience at all. Limited to 15 participants, $45.

Angelo Geter is an award-winning poet, educator, author, and performance artist based in Rock Hill, SC, where he serves as the Poet Laureate. He is also a 2020 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow, a 2018 National Poetry Slam champion, Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam finalist, Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam finalist, and the Founder/Director of One Word Poetry Festival. His work has appeared on All Def Poetry, Charleston Currents,, and the Academy of American Poets “Poem a Day” series. His debut collection of poetry, More God Than Dead, was released in June 2022.

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