Columbia, SC—Mind Gravy Poetry welcomes Raleigh-based, award-winning poet Alice Osborn on Wednesday, January 25th from 8-10 pm. Alice will read selections from her new, yet-to-be released book, After the Steaming Stops(Main Street Rag Publishing Co., 2012) and several poems from Unfinished Projects (Main Street Rag Publishing Co., 2010) at Mind Gravy Poetry. This is a free event of poetry and music with a featured reader starting the night followed by an open mic. Mind Gravy Poetry meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at the Trestle Building located at 2965 N. Main, Columbia, SC 29201.

Al Black, the host of Mind Gravy says, “Mind Gravy Poetry is a dedicated to presenting original poetry augmented by original music to the Greater Columbia Arts Community. We have featured poets from Virginia to Florida and west to Tennessee. ‘Poems sliced thin drenched in gravy of dreams forgot.’”

Alice Osborn says, “I’m so thrilled to read in Columbia where so much is happening in the local arts community. I am a former resident of South Carolina and current member of the Poetry Society of South Carolina. Al Black does an amazing job of bringing so many talented poets and artists together from the Southeast twice a month, every month of the year.”

Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys/October Sky and The Dinosaur Hunter, says this about Alice Osborn, “She uses words like a master potter—molding the clay of the mind into vessels that hold not things, but life, place, and time.”

David T. Manning, author of The Flower Sermon, says, “Alice Osborn convincingly shows us in the poem ‘Challenger 7,’ how tragedy, both national and personal, is elevated to a cosmic/spiritual domain where the Pleiades mourn the tragedy in the astronauts’ own ‘living room’. There are many scenes in this most intimate collection that will live long with the reader.”

Born in Washington, D.C. the winter after Watergate to a French mother and a civil servant father, Alice Osborn came of age in Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech and North Carolina State who served as a ROTC cadet, waitress, makeup artist and high school teacher. Alice Osborn uses all of her experiences now as an instigator of writing happenings and as a creative writing teacher to students ages 9-90. Her work has appeared in Raleigh’s News and Observer, The Pedestal Magazine, and in numerous journals and anthologies. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and two children.

Unfinished Projects by Alice Osborn, ISBN: 978-1-59948-270-5

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