The Watering Hole Poetry Winter Retreat and Public Programs

The Watering Hole is an online community dedicated to poets of color. Their 2016 Winter Retreat and Residency will take place December 26 – 30, 2016 at Santee State Park in Orangeburg County and will feature five faculty members: Evie Shockley, L. Lamar Wilson, Bettina Judd, Dasan Ahanu, and Sharan Strange. Several events are free and open to the public. SC Humanities supported this program with a Fast Track Literary Grant in August 2016.

The Watering Hole began as a Facebook group created by fellows of the Cave Canem South Workshops. It has grown to include 104 fellows and 11 graduate fellows. The winter retreat, which started in 2013, has also expanded and now includes a residency compnent. Information about participating in the retreat is available on the website at:

There will be two readings that are open to a general public during the 2016 retreat. The facilitators Evie Shockley, Bettina Judd, Dasan Ahanu, and L. Lamar Wilson will present a reading on Tuesday, December 27 at 6:30 p.m., and a keynote speech from Sharan Strange, followed by a reading from The Watering Hole fellows, will take place on Thursday, December 29 at 7:00 p.m. Both programs take place at Santee State Park (251 State Park Road, Santee, SC 29142).

For more information about The Watering Hole and the winter retreat, please visit the website at

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 23-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.

Picture courtesy of The Watering Hole Poetry Organization