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Shadows along the Waccamaw

Coastal Carolina University
Published November 24, 2008


Dan Albergotti, Self-Portrait as Shadow on Skeletal Shed, 2008.
Dan Albergotti, Self-Portrait as Shadow on Skeletal Shed, 2008.

Dan Albergotti reads five poems in and around his current home of Conway, South Carolina, in locations that include the Waccamaw River and nearby Pawley's Island. For Albergotti, the natural world allows explorations of beauty, love, serendipity, and death. His poems also examine the "emotional landscape of denial" that marked his childhood and youth.

"Shadows along the Waccamaw" is part of the Poets in Place series, a Research Collaboration in the Humanities initiative funded through Emory University’s Presidential Woodruff Fund, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost. Series producers are Natasha Trethewey and Allen Tullos.


Dan Albergotti reads "The Mystery of the Great Blue Heron." Poem text.
Dan Albergotti reads the poem "The Boatloads." Poem text.
Dan Albergotti reads the poem "Accidents Happen with Clockwork Regularity." Poem text.
Dan Albergotti reads the poem "Vestibule." Poem text.
Dan Albergotti reads the poem "Stones and Shadows." Poem text.

About Dan Albergotti

Born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Dan Albergotti lived in St. Matthews until age four, when his family moved to Florence. Albergotti currently directs the creative writing program at Coastal Carolina University in Conway. He earned a B.A. and M.A. from Clemson University in 1986 and 1988, a PhD in Literature at the University of South Carolina in 1995, and a M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2002. His first full-length collection of poems, The Boatloads, was published by BOA Editions in 2008 and was awarded the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in various print and online journals, including Mid-American Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Greensboro Review, Backwards City Review, and Southeast Review.

Interview with Natasha Trethewey

In these excerpts from an interview conducted in Atlanta, Georgia, on 30 August, 2008, Dan Albergotti talks with Natasha Trethewey about the new internet journal Waccamaw, his experiences growing up in Florence, South Carolina (including the influence of family, religion, and racism), the poem "Vestibule" from his book The Boatloads, the role of place in his poetry, and how he relates to the idea of the "Southern writer."

Part 2Natasha Trethewey Interviews Dan Albergotti

Part 3Natasha Trethewey Interviews Dan Albergotti

Cover Image Attribution:

Forested wetland along the Wacammaw River, North Carolina, June 2017. Photography by Flickr user Stuart Borrett. Creative Commons license CC BY-NC 2.0.