Poet Laureate of Columbia, SC

2023Poet Laureate of Columbia, SC


In 2023, Jennifer Bartell Boykin was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. Boykin will partner with The Watering Hole to conduct debate slam poetry workshops with Columbia youth that will culminate in a debate slam at the Soda City Poetry Festival. The festival—open to the public and poets of all ages—will also feature panels, readings, a book fair, open mics, an ekphrasis pop-up, and more. Some of the youth who participate in Boykin’s workshops will offer a presentation about their experiences at a festival panel.