Dana Ellis

Mark Huerkamp

Virginia Nieland

Secretary (Interim)
Katherine Williams


Auction, Artists’ Liaison
Pat Hiott-Mason

Auction, Teachers’ Liaison
Laura De La Maza

Meredith Poston 

Inez Brown Crouch 

Poetry at McLeod
Katherine Williams

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Calendar of Events 2017-2018

June 17-18
Poetry at McLeod

Kendra Hamilton
Saturday, June 17, 2-4 p.m., Town Hall Workshop
Sunday, June 18, 2-4 p.m., Reading and Q&A at McLeod

Kendra Hamilton, a Charleston native, is a professor of English and Director of Southern Studies at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. Her poetry appears in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. A Cave Canem fellow, Dr. Hamilton’s recent art reflects her research into the lives of McLeod slaves.

October 21-22
Poetry at McLeod

Kwoya Fagin Maples
Friday, October 20 James Island Charter High School
Saturday, October 21, 2-4 p.m., Town Hall Workshop
Sunday, October 22, 2-4 p.m., Reading and Q&A at McLeod

Kwoya Fagin Maples, a graduate Cave Canem fellow, is a Charleston native now teaching in Louisiana, whose manuscript, Mend, treats the lives of enslaved women forced to be medical research subjects.

Saturday, 24 February 2018, 5-7 p.m.
Town Hall, 1238 Camp Rd. at Dills Bluff.
Free and open to the public.
Fifth Annual Silent Art Auction Benefitting James Island Art Classrooms

Join us for our annual celebration of the wealth of cultural achievement in our community! Nearly 100 artists, from students to hobbyists to internationally known professionals, contribute each year. Works in studio media, literary and performing arts, and cuisine will be auctioned. Proceeds benefit James Island art classrooms, and fund prizes in a juried fine art competition for James Island students K-12.

The student art show will be shown a week before the auction. The elementary and middle school divisions are on display in Town Hall, and the high school has a special gallery in the rear of Island Bazaar next door. This year we will also show their teachers’ work on auction night.

James Island Strings 7th and 8th Grade Chamber Orchestra, Harbor View Elementary School, and JI Charter High School soloists will play music they’ve been working on. This is a rare chance for the community to hear these talented kids perform.

The artists’ reception is provided by Island merchants. Join your neighbors for this wonderful celebration of our community’s talent and potential, and decorate your space for a good cause!

March 17-18
Poetry at McLeod

Gary Jackson
Saturday, March 17, 2-4 p.m., Town Hall Workshop POSTPONED
Sunday, March 18, 2-4 p.m., Reading and Q&A at McLeod
Monday, March 19 North Charleston High School

Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, Gary Jackson is the author of the poetry collection Missing You, Metropolis, which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He was featured on 2013’s "New American Poets" by the Poetry Society of America, and his poems have appeared in Callaloo, Tin House, 32 Poems, Crab Orchard Review, and Shattered: The Asian-American Comics Anthology, and is the recipient of both a Cave Canem and Bread Loaf fellowship. He joined the Department of English at the College of Charleston in 2013.

April 7-8
Poetry at McLeod

Len Lawson
Friday, April 6 James Island Elementary School
Saturday, April 7, 2-4 p.m., Town Hall Workshop
Sunday, April 8, 2-4 p.m., Reading and Q&A at McLeod

Len Lawson, of Sumter SC, hosts Cave Canem retreats in SC and is an advocate and organizer of discussions on race. He is studying toward the Ph.D. degree in Pennsylvania. His chap book, Before the Night Wakes You, was just published by Finishing Line Press.

June 2-3
Poetry at McLeod

Marilyn Nelson
Friday, June 1 Lowcountry Senior Center
Saturday, June 2, 2-4 p.m., Town Hall Workshop
Sunday, June 3, 2-4 p.m., Reading and Q&A at McLeod

Marilyn Nelson, daughter of a Tuskegee Airman, a founding member of Cave Canem, and finalist for several National Book Awards, has composed extensively on the lives of African Americans, including Emmett Till, George Washington Carver, and a slave named Fortune.