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Published on November 5th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Poets Joy Priest and Tim Conroy join forces at the Columbia Museum of Art

Pictured Joy Priest (left) and Tim Conroy (right). Photos provided.

The Write Around Series mixes poetry with art in the galleries Sunday, November 18 | 3:00 p.m.

Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art announces The Write Around Series with Joy Priest and Tim Conroy, the second installment of the Write Around Series and the latest initiative in the CMA’s Writer-in-Residence program. On Sunday, November 18, at 3:00 p.m., award-winning poets Priest and Conroy share original work they have written inspired by the dynamic themes of the newly redesigned collection galleries.

“Joy Priest and Tim Conroy are two amazing poets,” says Ray McManus, CMA Writer-in-Residence. “Both bring a power and spirit to their work that resonates with readers in profound ways. Both have a presence on stage that pulls audiences in. Having Joy and Tim on stage together is going to be a real treat. I can’t wait to hear what they came up with!”

As Writer-in-Residence, McManus is charged with creating programs that promote literary art as a way to contemplate and connect with visual art. Launched in September, the Write Around Series is year-long program that invites writers to create and share original poetry and prose inspired by the art in the CMA.

Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Priest is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of South Carolina. She is the recipient of the 2018 Gregory Pardlo Fellowship at The Frost Place and has received support from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, among others. She is formerly an associate poetry editor for Narrative Magazine and senior editor emerita at Yemassee Journal. Her poems have appeared or are upcoming in Blackbird, Callaloo, Four Way Review, The Rumpus, Best New Poets 2014, Best New Poets 2016, and The Breakbeat Poets.

Conroy is a former special education teacher, school administrator, and vice president of the South Carolina Autism Society. His work has been published in journals, magazines, and compilations including Fall Lines, Jasper, and Marked by Water. In 2017, Muddy Ford Press published his first book of poetry, Theologies of Terrain, edited by Ed Madden, poet laureate of the City of Columbia. A founding board member of the Pat Conroy Literary Center established in his brother’s honor, Conroy lives and writes in Columbia.

Free with membership or admission.

This program is supported by South Carolina Humanities.

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About the CMA

The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, S.C., the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. In order to serve even more audiences, the CMA is undergoing a transformation funded by a successful capital campaign. Though some sections of the building will be affected during some phases of the work, the CMA remains open throughout renovations. The project is expected to be complete in late 2018. To learn more, visit


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