Wednesday, December 13, 2017

PMP Joins Forces to Celebrate Women's History Month

S.C. Wilds Heritage Center and Poetry Matters Project team up for a second year to honor women in our  communities.
We are looking for women who are great examples of the 2018 theme Nevertheless She Persisted. We encourage nominations of women from diverse backgrounds.
We welcome nominations of women both living and deceased. Only one nomination can be submitted per person. A participants can nominate herself.

Nomination Form must include

Name of nominee
Phone number
Occupation or field of Achievement
Cultural or Ethnic Identity
Is nominee currently living?

In 2-3 sentences explain the nature of your nominee's work and accomplishments.

Write a short essay (limited to 300-350 words) expressing how your nominee's work and life exemplifies the theme Nevertheless SHE PERSISTED.

Include your name, phone number and email if you are nominator also.

All nominations should be forwarded via email to or with She PERSISTED in subject line. or call (803) 618-2250.
 Nomination deadline is February 9, 2018.  Winners will be officially announce on March 16, 2018.

                   Submit here

Saturday, November 11, 2017

To Be or Not to be a U.S. Veteran

      We have held our community discussions for several months now.
     We are learning what is easy and what is hard about planning, preparing and executing these discussions. We find that once the program is over we have many that say, wow, that was enlightening, inspiring, important. Then we go back to the hard reminding people that race is just a word that takes on whatever connotation the user of the word and the person who hears it adds to it's meaning; based on life experiences. It is here that I must thank Book Tavern owner, David Hutchinson for his courage and determination that we press forward every month.

      Today we celebrate the men and women who have and currently service this great country in the most profound way. They put themselves potentially in harms way so that we don't have to. We give an extra shout out to women veterans because their service has not been as documented or publicly acknowledged, like a lot of things until now. Our program today will feature Dr. Ja'net Bishop, a former U.S. Army Captain, has served as a Public Affairs and Finance Officer in the Army Reserves and the North Carolina National Guard.  She’s served active duty during Operation Desert Storm.  As an alumnus of the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce-Leadership Augusta. She has collaborated with Youth Leadership Programs, served as a drug abuse prevention and teen pregnancy educator.  She was also the Executive/Advocate Director of the Augusta Child Advocacy Center, where she’s helped victims of child abuse in court cases.  As a consultant, she previously developed youth intervention groups for Columbia County Juvenile Court. A former Adjunct Professor for Cambridge College in the Counselor Education graduate program, Bishop taught, advised, and mentored future school counselors. She recently published her first book, How much Joy is in your Journey? She is also the founder of Boots to Break Through, an organization dedicated to women transitioning from military to civilian life.
     Dr. Ja'net Bishop                                                 To Order this book

 We have come to know Dr. Bishop not just as a inspirational human being but as a friend. She has come through much in the past year. Come hear her story and add to the discussion!
Raise a glass to freedom and give special thanks to our Service Women!



Written by Lucinda Clark
Founder of Poetry Matters Project Ltd.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

To Be Or Not. A Poetic Question

The Book Tavern and Poetry Matters Project  have teamed up to discuss topics that has been on everyone's mind whether they share openly or not. We discuss openly discuss matters regarding race and heritage. We have taken the discussion out of Facebook in boxes to face-to face conversation. We can share our views on kneeling in protest to demands for the removal of historical monuments.  We have found that the forum brings more understanding than agreement but that's better than holding a thought with no safe place to air it.

  Poetry Matters Project has chosen to take the issue on using poetry as an entrance and literary commentary as a back drop and resource. The Book Tavern has joined to provide a place where topics can be discussed and writers and readers can find a middle ground to speak, teach and learn.

  The events are open to anyone who has a idea, update or even a question to share. The goal is not discourse but discussion. a place where we can agree to disagree and at the same time build community. And sometime even to set the record straight.  We invite you the reader and your friends to join us. Who knows we may all learn something new.  For more information. To sign up to share your poetic leanings. Email us To learn what books we recommend visit our Facebook pages @BookTavern @PoetryMattersProject.

   We hope to see you soon!

Lucinda Clark-Founder
Poetry Matters Project

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Poetry Matters Alum Derek Berry is On the Move!

Derek Berry has taken on an ambitious project with a number of his fellow Charleston Poets including Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker to take the city of Charleston by storm with a poetry marathon. Below is the complete schedule. To learn more about the events and outstanding press this project has received visit You Tube Follow on Facebook: Facebook page

Free Verse Festival  Schedule

Oct. 1st
2-4pm-- How to Submit to a Literary Journal

Oct. 6th

3-5pm-- Rehearsal for Blank Page Poetry?
6pm-- Laureate Reading at Buxton Books

Oct. 7th
8am-2pm-- Typewriter Poetry at Farmer’s Market
7pm-- Kimberly J. Simms Reading at Eclectic Cafe

Oct. 12th
4:00-5:30pm-- Youth Workshop at Children’s Museum
7-9pm-- Tech Rehearsal for Blank Page Poetry

Oct. 13th
4:30-6pm-- Youth Poetry Open Mic
7-9pm-- Tech Rehearsal for Blank Page Poetry

Oct. 14th

8am-2pm-- Typewriter Poetry at Charleston Farmer’s Market

Oct. 15th
12-3pm-- Poetry & Pancakes at Local 616

Oct. 19th

5:30-7pm-- Pizza & Poetry Family Night at Fabluon
7pm-9pm-- Fabulous Nights LGBT Poetry Night
Oct. 20th
7pm-9pm-- Open Mic Poetry at Redux Art Gallery

Oct. 21st
8am-2pm-- Typewriter Poetry at Charleston Farmer’s Market
7:30-9:00pm-- CLTive Poetry Reading at 492 King

Oct. 27th
James Simons Elementary School Workshop

Oct. 28th
8am-12:30pm-- Typewriter Poetry at Charleston Farmer’s Market
1:00pm-2:00pm-- Kid’s Workshop at John L. Dart Library
5pm-7:30pm-- Physics Department Halloween Party w/ Kensley Burriss

Oct. 31st

Monday, August 21, 2017

Women's Right to Vote Recognized in Columbia County, Georgia

Poetry Matters Project established a collaborative relationship with Women's National History Project several years ago. Under the leadership of Molly MacGregor the campaign to write women into history has spread across the country. PMP joined as a group looking to recognize women in as many formats as possible.  In March 2017 Poetry Matters Project saluted women in McCormick, South Carolina with recognition of woman trailblazer. The program which was well attended and received will take place next year on March 16, 2018.

                          Comm. William D. Morris presents Lucinda Clark with proclamation

   The anniversary of women gaining the vote with the passage of the ninetieth amendment to the Constitution will be celebrated on August 26th. In keeping with the anniversary, Publisher and Poetry Matters Project Founder, Lucinda Clark made a request of Columbia County Commissioners to proclaim August 26th as Women's Equality Day. The proclamation was presented by Commissioner Morris on Tuesday evening, August 15th at the Commissioner's meeting. Poetry Matters Project salutes the men who serve our community with dignity and courage!

l-r Commissioners Trey Allen, Doug Duncan, Citizens Naomi Mitchem and Lucinda Clark, 
Chairman Ron Cross, Citizen Gloria Greenbaum, Commissioners William Morris and 
Gary Richardson

Written by Lucinda J. Clark proud resident of Columbia County, Ga

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Derek Berry is on a Roll!

Derek Berry is on a roll. Poetry Matters Project met him as a high school winner of the Poetry Matters Lit Prize. He has gone on to be a notable contributor to the Charleston literary scene.

  See two recent articles updating his activities. Way to go Derek!

      Ghost Town:

      Bridging the Gap:



Friday, August 4, 2017

A New School New Begins ....

To all the students returning to institutions of learning. Keep this poem in mind as you move through your classes, your sporting events, your social challenges. Remember life is an open road!

Have a great year!

Song of Open Road by Walt Whitman 
From Poem A Day Program sponsored by American Academy  of Poets.

Contributor: Lucinda Clark founder of Poetry Matters Project
Check us out: by typing  Poetry Matters Project in search engine.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Fall is Heating Up With Activity!

We have quite a few activities on tap for the fall. We will be part of several events in the CSRA area.

August begins with a literary partnerships with ILMC a elementary school near National Hills. For more on the program: ILMC


   Arts in the Heart

   We will take part in the annual festival again this year. Features will pay tribute to women who serve this country: For more: September 15th

Berry Fleming Book Festival September 23rd

    Augusta University will host the second book festival. Check out the the schedule:

Aiken County Historical Museum September 24th
    S.C. Humanities sponsors a poetry workshop with Poetess Kimberly Simms

 Links that may be of interest to S.C. Poets  S.C. Poetry Society

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Claudia Rankine Reads From Citizen

     View From The Middle of the Road

   While I understand and appreciate the contributions of spoken word to world culture and I use to think my stead fast commitment to the poets of the podium misplaced. It is when a similar soul finds me and reminds me the I am exactly were I need to be. Thanks Claudia Rankine and Split This Rock for the reminder.  Split this Rock 2014

Lucinda J. Clark
Global Citizen

Friday, April 28, 2017

Poetry Matters Project Celebrates Poetry Month With Poet Laureate of Aiken S.C.

Joan Lacombe(seated right) and supporters (l-r) standing Lucinda Clark, Sharon Schroder, Leah Walker, Barry Allison, Derek Berry, Harvey Lacombe, Mary and Roger Brock, Brenda Baratto (seated) pose for quick picture after awards ceremony.