Poetic Conversation - Palmetto Poets: Speaking of the South

This tremendous trio may come from different walks of life, but each has much to say about the South. 

A native of Columbia, S.C., DéLana Dameron is a writer and arts and culture administrator living in Brooklyn, N.Y. Dameron is the author of the book Weary Kingdom, and her debut collection, How God Ends Us, was selected by Elizabeth Alexander for the 2008 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize.

Ray McManus earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry and his doctorate in rhetoric and composition from the University of South Carolina. His book Red Dirt Jesus was selected for the Marick Press Poetry Prize, and Punch was the winner of the 2015 Independent Publishers Book Award. He is an associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina Sumter, where he directs the South Carolina Center for Oral Narrative.

Ed Madden is a professor at the University of South Carolina and the Poet Laureate of Columbia, S.C. He is the author of four books of poetry: Signals (which won the 2007 S.C. Poetry Book Prize), Prodigal: VariationsNest, and Ark. His poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2007The Book of Irish American Poetry, and in journals such as Prairie SchoonerCrazyhorsePoetry Ireland Review, and Los Angeles Review.

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