[image-1] Local author, spoken word poet, and writing coach Matt Foley is saying goodbye to Charleston. Before he moves to the mountains of North Carolina, though, he wants to leave us with some beautiful words (his specialty). Head to Buxton Books at their new location on King Street on Sat. May 18, 5-7 p.m. for a farewell reading.

You can hear Foley read some of his works, enjoy free refreshments, and buy some of Foley’s poetry books. Following the reading, head to The Griffon for an after party.

When City Paper chatted with Foley back in 2016, he talked about the creation of local poetry group, The Unspoken Word; his relationship with other local poets like Marcus Amaker and Derek Berry; and how he came around to being a poet.

“I realized it was time, that I am a writer, and I just [had] to start making stuff happen,” he said. And more importantly, he realized that his words had the most power when spoken out loud: “For me, a poem becomes real when I’m sharing it in front of a crowd and I can see people react to it.”

Follow along with Foley’s journey, wherever it takes him next, online at matthewfoleypoetry.com.