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South Carolina Poet Laureate

Poet Laureate   Position established: 1934
South Carolina state poet laureate
South Carolina's First Poet Laureate: Archibald Hamilton Rutledge
Photograph: Sandpiper Publishing, Inc.

The position of South Carolina Poet Laureate was established in 1934 by a Joint Resolution of the General Assembly. The laureate is appointed by the Governor.

The following notables have been appointed to this position.


State of South Carolina. South Carolina Code of Laws. Columbia: State of South Carolina, 2011. Web. 1 Jun 2011. <http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/statmast.htm>.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

Additional Information

South Carolina state poet laureate
South Carolina State Poet Laureate
Marjory Heath Wentworth(2003- )
Photograph: Press 53

The Poetry of Marjory Wentworth: Poems and Interview - The Smoking Poet.

Charleston Profile: Marjory Wentworth: January, 2009 Article from CharlestonMag.com - South Carolina’s poet laureate is spreading the word on all things literary.

Marjory Heath Wentworth: Website of Marjory Heath Wentworth.

Poet Laureate Timeline: United States Poet Laureate timeline from 1937. The Library of Congress.

More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official South Carolina state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.

Noticing Eden
Noticing Eden
Marjory Heath Wentworth

Noticing Eden, by Marjory Heath Wentworth. 88 pages. Publisher: PUBLISHERDATE Reading level: Grades 99. Fred Chappell says, "Noticing Eden establishes Marjory Wentworth as a poet of keen observation and passionate understanding. Her work is so thoroughly immersed in nature that it seems as if the sea and sky speak for her and not that she speaks of them."

In her first full collection of poems, Marjory Wentworth's canvas is Lowcountry South Carolina. In language that is elegant and piercing, she links the mysteries of the human experience with the power of the sea, the vagaries of the wind, and the brilliance of the sun, always evoking the natural world in sensual detail.

what the water gives me
what the
water gives me

what the water gives me, Art by Mary Edna Fraser, Poems by Marjory Heath Wentworth. 86 pages. Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (September 10, 2002) what the water gives me is the culmination of a decade of artistic collaboration between poet Marjory Wentworth and artist Mary Edna Fraser. This book represents their powerful fusion of visual and verbal communication. Side by side, the poems and the monotypes present an innovative approach to human and environmental concerns.

Despite Gravity
Despite Gravity
Marjory Heath Wentworth

Despite Gravity, by Marjory Heath Wentworth. 60 pages. Publisher: Ninety-Six Press () Despite Gravity is a rich collection of poems ranging from the political to the personal. The title poem, "Despite Gravity," was written for the dedication of the new Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in Charleston, S.C..

As Poet Laureate of the state, Ms. Wentworth is often asked to compose public poems for an occasion, and this is one such public poem. The poem examines the workers who came from all over the world to "construct a framework/into the endless air, where cables…..are as elegant as the strings on a harp/playing the sounds of wind rising off water."

The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle
The Endless Repetition
of an Ordinary Miracle

Marjory Heath Wentworth

The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle, by Marjory Heath Wentworth. 88 pages. Publisher: Press 53 (April 1, 2010) "Marjory Heath Wentworth reminds us, once again, of why we return to poetry for solace and courage and ballast when our hearts are at their fullest, or most broken moments.

The poems, each and every, take the reader on a wondrous journey back and forth between the ordinary and the extraordinary, proving to us that the miraculous is everywhere, if only we look at it in the right light." --Lisa Starr, Rhode Island Poet Laureate