Peace Voices is a spoken word program that uses poetry as a vehicle to tell unique, personal stories.
Participants engage in master classes with Poet-in-Residence Glenis Redmond, both at the Peace Center and in the community. Students are led through brainstorming exercises and techniques in writing and sharing poetry.
"Participating in Peace Voices transformed my classroom. Students were enthusiastic about writing, they wanted to share their writing, and they gained confidence and maturity through the process. Academically, students learned to put difficult things into words, to choose the best words in the best order, and to express their knowledge in a format other than paragraphs. Personally, they learned to encourage and share with others, to take risks in expressing emotions, and to believe in their writing skills." Theresa Blankenship, League Academy
For more information, contact the Education department.
Peace Voices program support provided by Michelin North America, Jolley Foundation, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Fred Collins Foundation, and Macy’s
Poetic Conversations feature readings, conversations, and talkbacks with esteemed poets, moderated by the Peace Center’s award-winning Poet-in-Residence, Glenis Redmond. Poetic Conversations welcome literary giants to the stage and embrace topics that reflect the diversity of our communities. Events are free of charge, reaching a broad audience brought together through the power of the written and spoken word.
The program underscores the need for intimate, relevant, and meaningful interactions impacting our community and the world today. Poets share stories of the human condition and invite the community to gather, listen, and reflect in a robust talkback about the poetic exchange they witnessed. It is a place for all to speak and be heard.
Poetic Conversations celebrate inclusivity by exploring one’s own value and voice.
Poetic Conversations are sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina with support from Macy’s
Workshop sessions for adults provide a great opportunity to work with professional poet Glenis Redmond to develop voice and style while telling personal stories through poetry.
Teen Master Classes
Teens from the Peace Voices workshop series can dig deeper into the nuts and bolts of the poetic process in master classes. Visiting poets will perform pieces, dissect their own work, and hold an open forum.
Peace Voices Teen Master Classes are supported by the Fred Collins Foundation