Bearded poets return for annual reading

Published: Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 8:28 p.m.

There's a history of beards and bearded poets in Spartanburg, and the Hub City Bookshop is celebrating this tradition with the second annual Bearded Men poetry reading at 6 p.m. Friday.


Want to go?

What: The Bearded Men Poetry Reading
When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Hub City Bookshop, 186 W. Main St., Spartanburg
Extra: It's free.
More info: Call Kari Jackson at 864-577-9349 or email her at

Former Hub-Bub writers-in-residence Eric Kocher and Patrick Whitfill will read alongside resident Spartanburg poet John Lane. They all just happen to have beards, and they all just happen to write poetry. Local historian Brad Steinecke, also bearded, will give an introduction about the history of bearded men in Spartanburg.

Kocher received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Binghamton University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston, where he was an assistant poetry editor for Gulf Coast. Some of his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, DIAGRAM, Octopus, The Offending Adam and Washington Square Review.

In 2011, he was named one of the 50 Best New Poets in America. Kocher teaches writing at the University of South Carolina Upstate and the Boys & Girls Club of the Upstate.

Whitfill was Hub-Bub's 2008-09 writer-in-residence and a Best New Poet in 2009. He holds a Ph.D. in poetry from Texas Tech University. He teaches writing at USC Upstate and Wofford College and sells books at the Hub City Bookshop when he's not writing poetry.

Lane has written more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, including "Abandoned Quarry: New and Selected Poems." Among his many awards, he has received an NEA Poetry Apprenticeship Grant and a Hoyns Fellowship in Poetry from the University of Virginia.

He is a co-founder of the Hub City Writers Project and teaches environmental literature and creative writing at Wofford.

For more information, call 577-9349 or visit

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