Michele Reese and Curtis Derrick wax poetic at the Columbia Museum of Art

Curtis Derrick (left) and Michele Reese (right). Photos provided.

The Write Around Series mixes poetry with art in the galleries

Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art announces The Write Around Series with Michele Reese and Curtis Derrick, the latest installment of the literary series featuring poetry and prose inspired by art on view in the museum. On Sunday, October 13, at 3:00 p.m., esteemed poets Reese and Derrick share original work they have written inspired by the dynamic themes of the CMA collection galleries.

Reese is a professor of English at the University of South Carolina Sumter and author of the poetry collection Following Phia (Word Tech Editions). Her poems have also been published in several journals and anthologies including Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, The Oklahoma Review, The Paris Review, Poetry Midwest, Ezra’s Book (Clemson University Press), Found Anew: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Caroliniana Library Digital Collections (University of South Carolina Press), and Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race (Muddy Ford Press).

Raised and educated across the South, Derrick taught for 43 years on multiple tiers of academe, most recently at Midlands Technical College. He has won fellowships from the SC Academy of Authors and the SC Arts Commission. His poetry has appeared in magazines, journals, and two anthologies, TWENTY and The Southern Poetry Anthology. He currently serves on the board of the Poetry Society of South Carolina as coordinator of regional programs.

Free with membership or admission.

Supported by South Carolina Humanities.

For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org.

About the CMA
The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, S.C., the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. In order to serve even more audiences, the CMA recently underwent a transformation. Funded by a successful capital campaign, the two-year renovation project garnered new collection galleries with a progressive thematic layout, new studios for artmaking, cutting-edge program and event spaces, an entrance on Main Street, and a revamped CMA shop. Overall, more than 20,000 square feet of functional space were added to the building’s existing footprint. To learn more, visit www.columbiamuseum.org.

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