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Purpose

The City of Rock Hill Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate use their roles to create awareness and appreciation for poetry through community outreach, civic engagement, commemoration of the city, and the promotion of literacy across the greater Rock Hill area.

History

The City of Rock Hill Poet Laureate program is an initiative launched in 2018 by Rock Hill Mayor John Gettys. The program is managed by the Poet Laureate Selection Committee, made up of representatives from local arts, nonprofit, education, and community organizations.

Angelo "Eyeambic" Geter
Rock Hill Poet Laureate

Angelo "Eyeambic" Geter is a dynamic poet, spoken word artist and motivational speaker who merges his passions for poetry and speaking into a unique performance that educates, entertains, and inspires. Angelo’s work touches on a variety of issues including social justice, race, grief, character, and manhood.

He blends his pieces with commentary, stories, and personal narratives that transcend a traditional lecture or performance. 

Over the course of his career, Angelo has amassed several accolades and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Rock Hill, SC. He is a 2020 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow, 2019 All-America city winner, 2018 National Poetry Slam champion, Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam finalist, and Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam finalist. He has also performed and competed in several venues across the country. His work has appeared on All Def Poetry, Charleston Currents, and the Academy of American Poets "Poem-a-Day" series.

Contact Angelo Geter

Upcoming Events

  • 12/16 Performance at CA Johnson High School: Columbia, SC, Time TBD

Abigail McCluney
Rock Hill Youth Poet Laureate

Upcoming Events

  • 12/03 Poetry, Paint, & Sip: YCL Main Library (Rock Hill), Rock Hill, SC @ 6:30 p.m. 

  • 01/16 MLK Prayer Breakfast with Angelo Geter: First Baptist Church, Rock Hill, SC @ 8:30 a.m. (Breakfast line begins at 7:45 a.m.)

Participating Organizations

Applied Tecnology Center
Arts Council of York County
Clinton College
Early Learning Partnership of York County
Morton & Gettys Attorneys at Law
Rock Hill Schools
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Winthrop University
Women's Art Initiative
York County Library
York Technial College
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