Free Upstate Poetry embraces artistic expression, inclusion, freedom, the authenticity of self, healing, the performing arts, and love for our community.
Our mission is to give our community a space to be free and to express themselves regardless of social status, religion, culture, sexual orientation, or level of artistic ability.
We have the word poetry in our name but it does not mean we have limited our reach to only poets. Poetry is the medium of expression that we have chosen, but that is just the beginning! We respect, honor, and welcome all genres of artistic expression.
Working together for over ten years, Free Upstate Poetry was birthed by a tribe that wanted to support the community and eliminate the monopoly of talent, exclusion of diversity within the poetry community and to provide a space where all participants can feel a level of safety and accountability. The focus of #FUP is to provide a space for artists of all mediums, to come and share no matter what their lifestyle looks like, level of artists' expression, or amount of experience they have (or don't have). Free Upstate Poetry welcomes both novices and professionals and does not discriminate based on a person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, transgender status, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. #FUP goal is to help those who want to build their craft do so.
CP and Max expound on the vision, mission, and inclusiveness of #FreeUpstatePoetry.
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Gaffney, South Carolina, United States