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2016 SSAC Workshop Plans

April 20 – 27, 2016:  Charleston here we come! by Mary Brent Cantarutti Plans for the upcoming SSAC Writers Workshop are both exciting and heartrending. In addition to the workshops and personal consults offered by Linda Watanabe McFerrin, we Samplers will create a small indigo tie-dyed quilt that will be presented to Emanuel AME Church […]

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Three Haiku by Mary Edna Fraser

Three Haiku by Mary Edna Fraser Beginning light dance Flowing channel of color Harvests moon shadows (more…)

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Moonful by Robyn T. Murphy

Moonful by Robyn T. Murphy And finally the moon found me Through the top window panel (more…)

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What Remains by Ty Collins

What Remains by Ty Collins The grandfather I never knew drowned July 4th, 1935, but not before he saved his four children and wife, When a sudden storm capsized his sailboat they held fast to the boom.  (more…)

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Silhouetted sunset view of the towering steeple of the St. Phillip's Episcopal Church and city skyline in downtown Charleston, SC on Friday, February 27, 2015. Copyright 2015 Jason Barnette

“Crazy About the South” by Robin T. Murphy

Crazy About the South by Robyn T. Murphy There’s the way you just eat cream with some grits and shrimp as a bonus; and deep fried everything, without apology and without shame. The way you can get snockered on gin and sugar but feel refined if you just wear a wide brimmed hat. And there […]

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Ms. Thelma’s Special Recipes

Ms. Thelma’s Special Recipes Remembered by Hugh China, Recorded by Kathy China My husband’s mother, Ms. Thelma, worked magic in the kitchen. Her fans extended well beyond her family and included attendees at the church.  (more…)

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My First Artichoke by Martha Dabbs Greenway

  My First Artichoke by Martha Dabbs Greenway Coming from the rural South where the usual fare was fried chicken, collards and grits, I was 29 before I ate my first artichoke. I don’t remember how or when I first heard of artichokes; for sure I had not seen one. (more…)

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Thirteen Ways of Looking at Pecans, by Juliette Kelley

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Pecans, After Wallace Stevens For Wanda Abell Kelley 1921-1998 by Juliette Kelley (more…)

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Key Lime Pie by Chef David Vagasky

Key Lime Pie Chef David Vagasky KEY LIME FILLING (Yields 2-9 inch pies) (more…)

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Sullivan’s Island Bucket List by Toni Carreiro

Sullivan’s Island Bucket List by Toni Carreiro In April 2013, I made my first visit to South Carolina with the Southern Sampler Artists Colony (SSAC). A small group of writers and artists, we were participants in the annual Southern Sampler Artists Colony workshop, our residence was a rambling, turn-of-the-century beach house on Sullivan’s Island. Shortly […]

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Breaking Day

Breaking Day by Mary Brent Cantarutti The sun slips into the Lowcountry sky— a pancake stirred in earth’s kitchen, served up in orange flames, a divine concoction offered to day. (more…)

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