Len Lawson will give a reading of new and collected poems as part of the on-going reading series "Poetry At McLeod". Doctoral candidate Len Lawson is author of Chime (forthcoming) and Before the Night Wakes You (2017). He co-edited Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race, and holds open discussions on race
and diversity. A Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, and finalist for the Berfois, Yellow Chair Review Chapbook, and Mississippi Review prizes, he was named Jasper Magazine's 2016 Literary Artist of the Year.
Poetry at McLeod is an innovative series — the first and only in the country to bring African-American poets to a plantation setting to illuminate the experience and legacy of American slavery. The series features Cave Canem faculty, fellows, and their students. Cave Canem: A Home for Black Poetry is an educational foundation formed in 1996 to address the under-representation of African-American poets in contemporary literature, among whose alumni are poets laureate and Pulitzer Prize winners.
Entry to McLeod Plantation Historic Site is free to the first 50 guests. Charleston County Parks Commission pass holders are encouraged to bring their passes for four additional admissions. A free reception and guided tour will follow the reading.