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“W” is for Wentworth, Marjorie Heath (b. 1958)

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“W” is for Wentworth, Marjorie Heath (b. 1958). Poet. Born in Massachusetts, Wentworth graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received an M.A.in literature and creative writing from New York University. In 1989 she and her family moved to Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. In 1992 Wentworth began conducting poetry workshops for schoolchildren in the Charleston area and became an adjunct instructor at Trident Technical College. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies and has been incorporated into several novels. Collections of her poetry include a chapbook, Nightjars; What the Water Gives Me; and The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle. Among her other numerous publications is a prize-winning children’s book, Shackles. In 2003, Marjory Heath Wentworth was appointed Poet Laureate of South Carolina a position she held until 2020 when she resigned from the post.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.