ETV’s Carolina Classrooms
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ETV’s Carolina Classrooms

We were featured on ETV’s Carolina Classrooms, an educational series for teachers, parents and all citizens invested in the education of our children. Each program focuses on key educational topics and initiatives in our state. We talk about our youth workshops and summer camps, which teach creative writing, self-confidence, and communications skills.

AWP: Spotlight
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AWP: Spotlight

Share your favorite work-related memory. There are so many, but one of our favorite is how our annual fish fry started. This was at our second Annual Winter Retreat in 2014. We sent someone out to the store to get a couple of fish for dinner. We’d already cooked, but we needed a couple more....

Free Black Space
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Free Black Space

1 In December, a white woman entered our poet-of-color space. The year before too, a different white woman entered our poet-of-color space and had the nerve to offer instruction to the whole group of poets. 2 Nothing is neutral and ahistorical. This is problematic for an organization dedicated to poets of color who reserve our...

Legendary Women
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Legendary Women

A beautiful interview by Margaret Bates. Thank you, Margaret. Here’s an excerpt of “Sitting Down with the Women of The Watering Hole.” What do you think are challenges that face both writers and performers of poetry (whether written or spoken word)? It all comes back to craft for the stage and page poet. Poetry is...

Fast Five Interview: Erica Hunt
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Fast Five Interview: Erica Hunt

This summer, from June 18th to the 24th, The Watering Hole Directors Candace Wiley and Monifa Lemons were honored with invitations to attend a week long seminar, Facing It: The Poetry of Yusef Komunyakaa. They decided to take the time to interview some of the world's most intriguing and interesting poetic minds. 

Len Lawson’s Interview with Ekere Tallie
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Len Lawson’s Interview with Ekere Tallie

If you want your world to change, watch Len​’s interview with Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie​ on poetry, the state of poetry, and her most recent book Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation. We watch this over and over, when we need encouragement or direction. Many thanks to Len Lawson of Sumter, S.C. for proposing and executing...