Poetry at McLeod

In this innovative series, African American poets reclaim the plantation landscape by exploring the past, present, future, and the imagined in their own voices. Often representing pain, suffering, survival, and perseverance, these poets confirm that plantations are places of conscience. One poet recalled, "Reading poems where my ancestors were was a return. On their behalf, I was returning with power. It belongs to them. I would be a part of reclaiming it."

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  • Poetry at McLeod is free to the first 50 participants, thereafter entry is included with your park admission. No preregistration is required. 
  • Writing workshops the following day are also free but space is limited so preregistration is required.
  • Our COVID-19 protocols 


  1. Poetry at McLeod: 5/29
  2. Poetry Workshop: 5/30

Poetry at McLeod: Teri Ellen Cross Davis

May 29, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

No registration is required for this event.

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Teri Ellen Cross Davis’s forthcoming a more perfect Union won The Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize; her debut, Haint, (Gival Press, 2016) won the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. A Cave Canem fellow, her scholarships include the Sewanee’s Writer Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her poems appear in Academy of American Poets, Kenyon Review, Kestrel, PANK, Tin House, and elsewhere.


This series is made possible by the generous support of The Poetry Society of South Carolina, the SC Humanities Council, the Charleston County Public Library, and the Charleston County Parks Foundation.