This weekend the Poetry Society of South Carolina (PSSC) hosts two events with award-winning poet Eugenia Leigh, both held at the Charleston Library Society. On Fri. Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Leigh will read from her book, Blood, Sparrows, and Sparrows, followed by a free reception.

On Sat. Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. Leigh leads a seminar, “Telling the Truth, But Telling it Slant,” part conversation and part workshop that “excavates the power behind poems that draw from personal or collective experiences that are ‘true.'” Leigh’s seminar is inspired, of course, by Emily Dickinson’s poem with the famous first line, “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.”

Leigh is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Poets & Writers Magazine, Kundiman, The Frost Place, Rattle, and Asian American Literary Review. On Friday Leigh will be joined by PSSC member Melissa Slayton, whose poetry can be found in The Journal of Compressed Arts and San Pedro River Review.

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