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Susan Laughter Meyers
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  • Poetry Society of South Carolina
    P.O. Box 1090
    Charleston, SC 29402

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“Susan Laughter Meyers was known by us through her public readings, workshops, and as an email mentor. Her poetry consistently hit home. We will be...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: james raff - greenville, SC

“It is with such terrible shock, I respond. While in search of Susan's mailing address(thinking she had a website, came up instead. I am...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: Madelyn Camrud - Grand Forks, ND

“Susan embodied a rare spirit of elegance, kindness and strength. She will be missed and mourned by so many. We are fortunate to have her work, as...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Gwynyth Mislin - Columbus, OH

“I am so sorry for the loss of such a beautiful heart and life who left her imprint. The impact Susan had on those knew her or those who knew her...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Deb Way - Charleston, SC

“Susan was one of the the best people I've ever known and one of the best poets. She was a joy to know, share time with over the years, and also, to...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Linda Lee Harper - Augusta, GA

“I am sorry for your loss. I will pray for the family. 2 Corinthians Chapter 1 verses 3 and 4 ”
6 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“Blue, on your bad days think of Novella, she's a recipe for a smile and energy to move forward . I'm so sorry for your loss. ”
7 of 31 | Posted by: Banks Wannamaker - Mt.Pleasant, SC

PSSC “Susan's presence, wherever she was, was always a welcoming and reassuring presence. It is so hard to believe that she will not still be present at...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: JoAnne Simson - Charleston, SC

“No words, shocked. Thinking of you Blue and sending prayers to all. Remembering Susan's Southern Charm and grateful we had our time together...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Debra Ann Afarian - Yorba Linda, CA

“It was such an honor to know Susan. I know she had no idea what a light she was in so many lives. She was so encouraging and respectful to those of...Read More »
10 of 31 | Posted by: Sally Arango Renata - SC

“Susan was such a gentle and creative spirit. I never saw her when she wasn't smiling. She communicated kindly with me during a crisis time, and I...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: Jo Angela Edwins - Florence, SC

“Two beautiful words to writer Henry James were "Summer Afternoon." To so many of us now during these summer afternoons and in future times, there...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Ellen Hyatt - Summerville, SC

“Dear Blue & family,Sending you our heartfelt sympathy on your sudden loss of Susan. Does not seem real as we just saw you all at Jim's birthday late...Read More »
13 of 31 | Posted by: Joseph & Susan Maloney - Newburgh, NY

“For the past few days my thoughts have been filled with memories of my time with Susan.She taught me to appreciate the simple things in life and I...Read More »
14 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“my thoughts and prayers go out to you Blue and all your family Susan was a wonderful kind, and loving person the world will miss herQ ”
15 of 31 | Posted by: louis cervini - georgetown, SC

“I'd like to add my words of admiration and affection for Susan to those written by the many people who were her friend. She was a bright, calm,...Read More »
16 of 31 | Posted by: Judy Goldman - Charlotte, NC

“Blue, my condolences on the loss of your beautiful wife. Maryrose and I will always remember Susan with great admiration. ”
17 of 31 | Posted by: Tim Henebry - Redmond, WA

“I will definitely miss seeing Susan's sweet smile and miss her presence at the YMCA (Ponds)! I will be praying for all her family and friends in...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Robin Lewis - Summerville, SC

“Susan was known for her kindness and generosity within the poetry community in the Carolinas. She opened doors for me by writing a thoughtful,...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: Beth Copeland - Gibson, NC

“To Blue and family,My heart is with all of you as you grieve the loss of Susan and celebrate her life. She touched so many lives in such a gentle and...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: Ann Shahid - Ridgeville, SC

“We are so sorry. Grace to you all. ”
21 of 31 | Posted by: Jean and Jim Smith - SC - Friend

“I am so shocked with the passing of Susan - What a wonderful woman she was - when my husband passed away last December from Cancer, her kind notes...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Rosemary Schaffer - Burnsville, MN

“I am so shocked with the passing of Susan - What a wonderful woman she was - when my husband passed away last December from Cancer, her kind notes...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Rosemary Schaffer - Burnsville, MN

“Poetry is language at its purest, so I believe that poets can represent the very best that humanity has to offer. I know that Susan was and will...Read More »
24 of 31 | Posted by: Duna Miller - Columbia, SC

“She was a gentle person, was kind to everyone. She never missed a birthday. She never forget my parents birthday. My mom would call and laugh,...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Tricia Filas - Franklin, WI

“Blue, I am so sorry. But so glad I got to see the two of you at Jim's party. Susan was the most gentle and soft-spoken person I have known.We just...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Janet Rockey - Georgetown, SC

“Of the many lives she has touched,I am but one.But my days are darkenedby her gentle going. ”
27 of 31 | Posted by: Ray Dotson - Dudley, NC - Friend

“The news was a complete shock to me out of nowhere. I feel very lucky to have known Susan with her ever-present smile and southern charm. I am so...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: Tony Afarian - Yorba Linda, CA

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of Susan's family and friends. I had the most lovely pleasure of knowing Susan through the Wildacres Writer's...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Amy Burle - Candler, NC

“Once the milestone is complete the journey ends swiftly.Thoughts and prayers.Doris C.johnson.Loris,S.C. ”
30 of 31 | Posted by: Doris C. Johnson - Loris, SC

“I have wonderful memories of the many walks Susan and I went on when she lived in Minnesota.. One memorable walks was when Novella joined us for an...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Janet Talle - Hopkins, MN

Susan Laughter Meyers, 72, of Ridgeville, South Carolina, wife of Ishmael "Blue" Jewel Meyers entered into eternal rest Sunday, June 25, 2017. Her memorial service will be held Friday, June 30, 2017 in Circular Congregation Church at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Susan was born May 19, 1945 in Albemarle, North Carolina, daughter of the late Robert Edgar Laughter and Mae Irvin Laughter. She was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earned her Masters at East Carolina University and was a member of the first MFA class at Queens University of Charlotte, graduating in 2003 with a concentration in poetry.

Susan was a welcoming presence to all she encountered and an enthusiastic supporter of other poets. She always had an eye for the small details like line endings, lines, the right sound, the right phrase, not just in poetry but in life. She had a gift and love of words...spoken and written. Susan could write a poem, advise a friend, mentor a young poet, lead an organization, or defuse a crisis all with grace, wisdom, patience, and persistence. Her distinguished record of unselfish service is as long as her impressive list of publications, prizes, readings, and workshops.

Susan was very active in the Poetry Society of South Carolina and North Carolina, including terms as president. She was the cofounder of the Litchfield Tea & Poetry Series, now in its eleventh year. Susan served as President of the North Carolina Poetry Society (NCPS) from 1998 to 2000. Her distinguished record of quiet, unselfish service the NCPS began in 1991. Her first position on the Board of Directors was as a Member-at-Large from 1994 to 1995. She also served as Regional Workshop Committee Chair during that period and moved into the position of Vice President in 1995. Susan played a key role in the planning, publication, and promotion of the anthology Word and Witness: 100 Years of North Carolina Poetry, as well as in preparations for the Touring Theatre Ensemble of North Carolina's performance based on that anthology. Her wise and steady leadership brought the Poetry Society through some major transitions into an even stronger organization. After leaving office, Susan continued her service to the NCPS by critiquing poems of new members and proofreading the newsletter, as well as advising officers and serving on numerous committees. She has taught numerous workshops for the NCPS, for the Press 53 Gathering of Poets in Winston-Salem, and at other venues throughout the state. In 2007 the NCPS dedicated Pinesong, the annual anthology of award-winning poems, to Susan in recognition of her outstanding work for poetry and poets in North Carolina. Susan had chaired the committee that recommended changing the name of the annual anthology from Award Winning Poetry to Pinesong.

Susan was also active in other literary organizations, including the North Carolina Writers Conference where she served as Chair in 2009 and Vice-chair (2008) and Secretary/Treasurer (2007). In 2013 Susan won the North Carolinian Literary Review's James Applewhile Prize for Poetry. She twice won Crucible's Sam Ragan Poetry Prize and in 1996 won the NC Poetry Society's Thomas H. McDill Award. Her poems have appeared in the Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Tar River Poetry, and many other journals and her work has been featured online at Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. Susan won many awards and prizes including the 2013 Edward Stanley Award for Prairie Schooner, the 2013 SC Academy of Author's Carrie McCray Nickens Fellowship, and the 2011 Verna Ubben Fellowship to Virginia Center or the Creative Arts. Her poems have appeared in major journals, including The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, as well as on-line sites, such as Poetry Daily, Verse Daily and Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry. Poems have appeared in several anthologies, a most recent is The Crafty Poet l and ll, the latter including an interview.

Susan is survived by her husband of 41 years, Ishmael; step-son, Danny C. Meyers of Irmo, SC; step-daughters: Renee Meyers Kirby (Dickie) of Timmonsville, SC and Novella Meyers Prince (Jim) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; sister, Janice L. Sullivan (John) of Greensboro, NC; sister-in-law, Nadine Laughter of Richmond, VA; grandchildren: Danny Blue Meyers (Joy) of Germany, Jacob Meyers and Kelsey Meyers both of Columbia, SC, Darol Kirby (Stacy) of Columbia, SC, Kylie Kirby and Joseph Kirby (Jordan) all of Florence, SC, Philip Prince of New York and Walker Prince of Washington, DC; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, Robert Gene Laughter.

Memorials may be made to the Poetry Society of South Carolina, P.O. Box 1090, Charleston, SC 29402.