Local writer reads poetry at Savannah museum

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St. Helena freelance writer and editor Theresa White recently read from her collection of poetry at the Jepson Center for the Arts, the contemporary venue of Savannah’s historic Telfair Museum of Art, which is the oldest public art museum in the South.

White shared several of her poems during the coffee house style open mic portion of the Poetry Society of Georgia’s free public poetry reading featuring noted poet and Berry College Professor of English, rhetoric and writing, Dr. Sandra Meek on April 21. The open mic portion of the reading was coordinated by Vaughnette Goode-Walker, director of cultural diversity and access for the Telfair Museums.

The Poetry Society of Georgia’s Reading Series that White participated in was co-sponsored by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs’ Weave-A-Dream program, and the Georgia Council for the Arts through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

White, a one-time congressional aide to former U.S. Rep. Cynthia A.McKinney of Georgia, has written for a number of media publications over more than 30 years, including The Gullah Sentinel, The Georgia Guardian, The Beaufort Gazette, The Savannah Morning News/Evening Press, and The St. Petersburg Times, where she was part of a team of four reporters nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Specialized Investigative Reporting in 1980. A former member of the National Association of Black Journalists, she has also worked as a production assistant at Beaufort’s WJWJ-TV 16, an arm of the SCETV/PBS network.

Poetry Society of Georgia President Ella van Wyk has invited White to participate in the open microphone session preceding the society’s next poetry reading, which will feature popular poet Jim Warner. It’ll be held on May 26, at 7 p.m., at the Telfair Museum’s Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St., in downtown Savannah.