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Poet Libby Bernardin will lead Nov. 6 workshop

From staff reports

Sep 20, 2018

Original article: South Strand News

Poet Libby Bernardin will lead “The Art of Description” poetry-writing workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at the Waccamaw Library, 41 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island.

The program is free and open to all. Space in the workshop is limited.

Participants should register early by emailing Bernardin at or Dan Turner at

Bernardin is the author of a new book of poems, “Stones Ripe for Sowing,” and two chapbooks, “The Book of Myth” and “Layers of Song.”

She has won the South Carolina Poetry Society Forum Prize, the North Carolina Poetry of Witness Award and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Her workshop offers a learning approach for both beginning and experienced poets.

Bernardin bases her program on the principle “write what you see.” She draws this method for creating poetry from contemporary poet Mark Doty’s advice for writers to “say what you see.”

“It sounds like a simple thing, to say what you see,” said Doty. “But try to find words for the shades of a mottled sassafras leaf, or the reflectivity of a bay on an August morning, or the very beginnings of desire stirring in the gaze of someone looking right into your eyes, and it immediately becomes clear that all we see is slippery, nuanced and elusive.”

Bernardin also serves on the Board of Governors for the South Carolina Academy of Authors and facilitates the Litchfield Tea and Poetry Series, which will host poetry readings at the Waccamaw Library at 3 p.m. on Jan. 10, Feb. 7, March 7 and April 4.

Of the slate of poets invited to read in the Litchfield Tea and Poetry Series, Bernardin said, “These award-winning readers come to us from the Lowcountry, Columbia, North Carolina, and Louisiana, and they write in an exciting range of poetic styles. We are proud to present such a robust lineup to our community.”