Book Clubs, Writing Groups, or Tell a Story events

If your book club or writing group or local library is interested in hearing about Pat Conroy’s Love of Poetry and how he encouraged me to write “Theologies of Terrain, I’d be honored to join you — either in person, if it’s possible, or by speakerphone or Skype. Email me with “Tell Me A Story” in the subject line, and let’s have conversation about poetry, reading, and writing.

List of Events

Film Screening: The Great Santini–Waccamaw Library–Wednesday, October 2 at 2:30 pm

Join us for a screening of the film version of Pat Conroy’s 1976 tour-de-force autobiographical novel, The Great Santini. The movie features Robert Duvall in an Oscar-nominated role as “the Great Santini,” heroic Marine pilot, on the one hand, but abusive husband and father, on the other. The film will be introduced by Tim Conroy, Pat’s brother and a talented South Carolina poet who has turned his trauma into poetic creativity. Don’t miss Tim’s other programs on October 3rd!

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Family Secrets/Family Truths: Writing out of the Shadow of the Great Santini- Waccamaw Library,Thursday, October 3 at 10 am

Tim Conroy, South Carolina poet and brother of beloved novelist and longtime Lowcountry resident Pat Conroy, will explore the power of writing to help us withstand and ultimately understand family conflict. In his presentation, “Family Secrets/Family Truths: Writing out of the Shadow of the Great Santini,” Tim will talk about how Pat pieced together dark family secrets into healing family truths through the power of writing, with focus on the tour de force autobiographical novel, The Great Santini, about an abusive Marine fighter-pilot father’s reign of terror over his family. He will recount his own version of Conroy family secrets and how he now uses poetry as a means for expressing his vision of the family truths.

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The Great Santini Book Club Discussion

The Great Santini book club discussion led by Tim Conroy Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:30 p.m. Pat Conroy Literary Center 905 Port Republic St Beaufort, SC 29902 Description: The third Pat Conroy Literary Center Book Club meeting will be held on June 13 at 5:30 p.m. and...

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Piccolo Spoleto Festival: Sundown Poetry Series

Piccolo Spoleto Festival: Sundown Poetry Series Programs at Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 6:30pm Dock Street Theatre Courtyard (free admission) 135 Church Street Description: Tim...

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Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Poetry #6

Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Poetry #6 with co-presenter Jonathan Haupt Thursday, April 25, 2019 6:00-8:00 Sponsored by South Carolina Humanities Council Dorchester County Library, Summerville Branch 76 Old Trolley Road Description: Pat Conroy wrote that “the poets of...

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Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Poetry #5

Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Poetry #5 Tim Conroy April 23, 2019 8:30-10:30 a.m. Anderson High School 905 Wren School Road, Piedmont, SC 29673 Description: Tim Conroy has delivered similar presentations on the centrality of poetry to his brother’s life and work, and...

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Purchase Theologies of Terrain

Muddy Ford Press (My wonderful publisher)

Theologies of Terrain Paperback by Tim Conroy

“In this dwelling of scars/the history of dirt is blood,” Tim Conroy tells us in this
excellent debut. There is sadness in these poems, vivid renderings of childhood abuse and of lives that ended too soon, but the beauty of the natural world is also acknowledged, as is the realization that memory offers consolation as well as sorrow, all of which leads to the poet’s hard-earned affirmation that “love has saved me.” Bravo! – Ron Rash