I love sharing my poetry, whether it’s at a coffee shop open mic, a high school classroom, or a poetry slam stage.  If you’re interested in having me perform poetry at your event, your school, or your organization, please contact me at mattfoleypoet@gmail.com.  In the meantime, here’s a list of my upcoming poetry events.  Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events:

September 22, 2017
Building Bridges
w/ CofC Office of Institutional Diversity
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Charleston, SC

September 26, 2017
Unspoken Word Reading Series: Matt Foley/ Gina Mocha/ Los
PURE Theatre
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Charleston, SC

September 29, 2017
Mayhem Poets w/ The Unspoken Word
Gaillard Center
10:30 am- 12:00 pm
Charleston, SC

September 29, 2017
Mayhem Poets w/ The Unspoken Word
Gaillard Center
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Charleston, SC

September 30, 2017
This One Breath: Exploring the Sacred Through Poetry, Art, Music & Meditation
w/ Kelly Jean Moore, Marcus Amaker, and Nabil Aasiya-Bey
Mission Yoga
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Charleston, SC
Get tickets here: http://wearemissionyoga.com/events/

October 11, 2017
Matthew Foley: Poetry Reading & Book Release Party
w/ Loren Mixon
The Eclectic Cafe
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Charleston, SC

November 10, 2017
The Unspoken Word
Poetry Open Mic
The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC

December 8, 2017
The Unspoken Word
Poetry Open Mic
The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC

 

Past Events:

September 19, 2017
Charleston Pride 2017: Out Spoken
Purple Buffalo
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/449329105436844/
Setlist: Sarah Wants to Ask Out a Girl

September 5, 2017
Blue Note Poetry
Delaney’s Speakeasy
8:00 – 10:00 pm
Columbia, SC
Setlist: We Could Be Oceans, Stream, Small Dreams, Waiting on a Wave, Praise Song to the Sea, High Tide, Inside Jokes, Old Songs, Buried Treasure, Worst Case Scenario, Get to Work Poets, A Post-Election Mantra, Why We Fight Back, Soldiers of Love, O Me! O Life! (Walt Whitman), Life Should Be Played Loud

August 22, 2017
The Unspoken Word
Back to School Poetry Special ft. Loren Mixon & Mr Enlightenment
PURE Theatre
7:30: 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1828388830505428/
Setlist: A Southern Shame (essay)

August 11, 2017
The Unspoken Word
Poetry Night ft. Patrick Bryant
The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1162934067135704/
Setlist: The Artist

July 14, 2017
The Unspoken Word
Poetry Night ft. Marlanda “Sapient Soul” Dekine
The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1125789990883427/

June 27, 2017
The Unspoken Word
Before & After the MFA ft. Jonathan Brown & Shaina Clingempeel
PURE Theatre
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/898003353671156/
Setlist: Worst Case Scenario

April 25, 2017
The Unspoken Word
National Poetry Month Celebration & Fundraiser
PURE Theater
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/571730689692917/

April 14, 2017
The Unspoken Word
Poetry Night feat. Justin Blackburn
The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1580019232014934/

March 9, 2017
The Unspoken Word
Poetry Night feat. Keegan Lester + Friends
Elliotborough Mini Bar
7:30 – 10:00
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1154453628004830/
Setlist: Grand Slam

March 10, 2017
The Unspoken Word
Poetry Night feat. Matt Hampton
The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/372594449773385/
Setlist: Life Should Be Played Loud, Shine On

March 28, 2017
Writers Resist: Poetry For Democracy
PURE Theater
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1767820973539820/
Setlist: An American Obituary, A Post-Election Mantra

February 21, 2017
Holy City Slam
Invitational Grand Slam
PURE Theater
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/211379799269111/
Setlist: Why We Fight Back, Let It Fly, Life Should Be Played Loud
1st Place Finish!

February 12, 2017
Mission Yoga Wine & Chi: Valentine’s Day
Poetry Reading
Mission Yoga
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1271000686303947/
Setlist: When I Heard at the Close of the Day (Walt Whitman), Sonnet XVII (Pablo Neruda), Let It Fly, When God Speaks in Rain Clouds, Soldiers of Love

January 31, 2017
Holy City Slam feat. Moody Black (Host)
PURE Theater
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/152080378612251/
S
etlist: Worst Case Scenario

January 21, 2017
Women’s March on Washington (Charleston Sister March)
Brittlebank Park
12:00 – 1:00
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1801915066738060/
Setlist: Why We Fight Back, A Post-Election Mantra
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6ceXhjmR9o&t=1s

January 16, 2017
MLK Day Youth Speak-Out
Poetry Slam for Poets 18 & Under (Host)
CofC Science Center Auditorium
12:30 – 2:30
Charleston, SC
Setlist: Soldiers of Love, Count Me Among the Dreamers

January 12, 2017
The Unspoken Word
Poetry Open Mic (feat. Lino Anunciacion)
Elliotborough Mini-Bar
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1845898025650571/
Setlist: Worst Case Scenario

January 9, 2017
Monday Night Poetry & Music
Poetry Open Mic (feat. Jonathan Brown)
East Bay Meeting House
8:00 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/607316132809468/
Setlist: Let It Fly, Worst Case Scenario

December 27, 2016
Holy City Slam: Grudge Match Edition!
PURE Theater
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1310580188985391/
Setlist: Life Should Be Played Loud, Why We Fight Back, Let It Fly, I Love You Bro

December 17, 2016
Speak Up: Poetry & Dialogue on Social Justice
The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl
7 pm – 9 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/222262941536381/
Setlist: Why We Fight Back, Dear Officer, Mothers, The Holy City, Count Me Among the Dreamers

December 8, 2016
Poetry Open Mic
The Unspoken Word
Elliotborough Mini-Bar
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/548705071991382/
Setlist: Why We Fight Back, Walt Whitman

December 3, 2016
Solo Show
Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1272694836136006/
Setlist:
(Main Set) We Could Be Oceans, Hail Hail, A Post-Election Mantra, Dreaming in Donald Trump’s America, Why We Fight Back, I Love You Bro, Grand Slam, Sarah Wants To Ask Out A Girl, Let It Fly, Life Should Be Played Loud
(Encore) Shine On, Dear Officer, Dead Poets, Asheville, High Tide, Buried Treasure, Get To Work Poets, Count Me Among the Dreamers

November 29, 2016
Holy City Slam
PURE Theater
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/226073774487865/
Setlist: Why We Fight Back, Hail Hail, Forgive and Forget

November 20, 2016
Open Mic Feature
Coffee Underground
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Greenville, SC
https://www.facebook.com/witsendpoetry/?fref=ts
Setlist: Life Should Be Played Loud, Letter to a Young Slam Poet, Grand Slam, I Love You Bro, Dear Officer, Let It Fly, We Could Be Oceans

November 16, 2016
Keynote Speech & Poetry Performance
Richland Northeast High School
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Columbia, SC
Setlist: We Could Be Oceans, Life Should Be Played Loud

November 9, 2016
Poetry Open Mic
Harold’s Cabin
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/914994171978367/
Setlist: Count Me Among the Dreamers, Dead Poets, Amen, Tides, Forgiveness, Untitled, Hail Hail

November 8, 2016
Special Performance
Charleston Area Justice Ministry: Youth Activation!
Unitarian Church of Charleston
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/658178524341737/
Setlist: Poetry for the People, Dear Officer, Mothers, Desiree, Soldiers of Love, Count Me Among the Dreamers

October 22, 2016
Solo Show
Charleston Arts Festival
7:30-8:00 pm
Charleston, SC
http://www.charlestonartsfestival.com
Setlist: Life Should Be Played Loud, What You Will Need in Class Today, Sarah Wants to Ask Out a Girl, Grand Slam, I Love You Bro, Dear Officer, We Could Be Oceans

October 13, 2016
Poetry Open Mic
The Unspoken Word
Elliotborough Mini-Bar
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/350984088574698/
Setlist: I Love You Bro, Sarah Wants To Ask Out A Girl

September 27, 2016
Holy City Poetry Slam
PURE Theater
8:00 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1224830610910868/
Setlist: Grand Slam, Let It Fly, The First Day of School
1st Place Finish!

September 16, 2016
Poetry Open Mic
Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Charleston, SC
http://eclecticcafeandvinyl.com/
Setlist: Count Me Among the Dreamers, Still Alive, We Could Be Oceans, Life Should Be Played Loud

September 11, 2016
Special Performance
Open Arts Expo 2016
College of Charleston
4:30
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/1762892727289033/
Setlist: Count Me Among the Dreamers
Click here to watch a video of the performance.

September 8, 2016
Poetry Open Mic
The Unspoken Word
Elliotborough Mini-Bar
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/548054848735062/
Setlist: We Could Be Oceans, Mothers

August 1, 2016
Special Performance
Speaking Down Barriers
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Spartanburg, SC
https://www.facebook.com/speakingdownbarriers/?fref=ts
Setlist: Dear Officer (A Poem for Walter Scott)

July 14, 2016
Open Mic Feature
The Unspoken Word
Elliotborough Mini-Bar
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Charleston, SC
https://www.facebook.com/events/505877736289068/
Setlist: Shine On, Poetry for the People, Dear Officer, Mothers, Soldiers of Love, What You Will Need in Class Today, The First Day of School, Let It Fly, Forgive and Forget, Heaven, Sunflower, Life Should Be Played Loud

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