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Poetic Conversation - Poetry with Pride: Celebrating Pride Month

Huguenot Loft

Danez Smith and Hieu Minh Nguyen take the stage to confront some of the issues faced by the LGBTQ community.

A 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Smith is a black, queer writer and performer whose work has been featured widely, including on Buzzfeed, PBS NewsHour, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Smith is a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, three-time Rustbelt Poetry Slam Champion, and a founding member of the Dark Noise Collective.

Nguyen published his first collection of poetry, This Way to the Sugar, with Write Bloody Publishing in 2014. This Way to the Sugar was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Awards and the 2015 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry. His second collection of poetry, Not Here, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2018. Hieu received the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s Summer Residency, along with fellowships from Kundiman, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Miami Writers’ Institute. A poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine, Hieu is currently an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College, and an instructor at Indiana University’s Slam Camp, a summer poetry intensive for high schoolers. He lives in Minneapolis.

This event may contain adult language and content.


This project is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

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Poetic Conversations are sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina with support from Macy’s

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