Poetry Atlanta Presents… Lynn Alexander, Michelle Castleberry and Karen Paul Holmes

Join us for the final Poetry Atlanta Presents… of the year on Nov. 19 at 7:15 p.m. at the Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St. The event is co-sponsored by Georgia Center for the Book and is free and open to the public. There will be books available for sale. 

Michelle Castleberry's work has appeared in Umbrella, Bellemeade Books, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Poemeleon, The Anthology of Southern Poetry: Vol. V -- Georgia, and in The Chattahoochee Review. She is most proud of her involvement in the Athens, Georgia community of Word of Mouth, a monthly open poetry reading. Her first book, Dissecting the Angel and Other Poems, was selected as finalist for poetry in the Georgia Author of the Year award.

Lynn Alexander is Managing Editor of the Atlanta Review is former Editor of Poetry Atlanta. She is author of two chapbooks, Hanging Clothes at Midnight and Man Done Gone, (June,2014, Finishing Line Press). She tutors English at Georgia Perimeter College and is a Pine Lake City Councilperson.

Karen Paul Holmes is the author of the poetry collection, Untying the Knot (Aldrich Press, 2014), which tells a story of loss and healing “with grace, humor, self-awareness and without a dollop of self-pity,” according to Poet Thomas Lux.  Karen is a freelance business writer, poet and writing teacher who founded and hosts the Side Door Poets in Atlanta and the monthly Writers’ Night Out in the North Georgia mountains. She received an Elizabeth George Foundation emerging writer grant in 2012. Publishing credits include Poetry East, Atlanta Review, Caesura, POEM, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology Vol 5: Georgia, and the forthcoming anthology of Georgia poets from Negative Capability Press.

October Readings and Events

October 4-5, 2014
Poetry by the Lake
Pine Lake
Some of Atlanta's most noted poets – including Dan Veach, Kodac Harrison, M. Ayodele Heath, Travis Denton, Katie Chaple, Christine Swint, Rupert Fike, Cheryl Stiles, Christopher Martin and Collin Kelley - will take part in this event as part of LakeFest. Visit this link for the complete schedule.

October 8, 8:00 p.m.
Poetry At Callanwolde: Lynn Alexander and Sally Stewart Mahoney
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Lynn Alexander ("Man Done Gone") and Sally Stewart Mahoney ("pale blue mercy") will read from their work. $5 General Admission: $3 Students with ID, Seniors, and Members. For more information call 404-872-5338.www.callanwolde.org.

October 9, 7:00 p.m.

Jesmyn Ward and Natasha Tretheway in Conversation
First Baptist Church Decatur
National Book Award winner Ward and former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey discuss how life on the Gulf Coast pre- and post-Huricane Katrina influenced their writing. Sponsored by Georgia Center for the Book. Find out more at this link

October 23, 7:30 p.m.
Poetry at Tech: Ron Smith and Seth Michelson
Robert C. Williams Paper Museum
Poetry at Tech's 2014-15 season with a reading by poets Ron Smith and Seth Michelson. The free event will be held in the Kress Auditorium of the Paper Museum, 500 Tenth Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30309. Plenty of free parking. For more information and to see the rest of the season's poets, visit http://poetry.gatech.edu/events.html.

Cecilia Woloch in Atlanta: Performance of "Tsigan" and workshops

Atlanta's Théâtre du Rêve (Theater of the Dream) 

Tzigane: le Poème Gitan
(Tsigan: the Gypsy Poem)
By Cecilia Woloch

Celebrating the lyrical fire of the gypsy spirit — a poetic spirit that transcends geographical boundaries and the limits of space and time.

Called Gypsy, Tsigan, Gitane, Cygane, Zigeuner, the Roma people have wandered the world for a thousand years—their mysterious origins a source of fascination as well as suspicion. They’ve been romanticized but also brutally persecuted. Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem is an acclaimed book-length poetic sequence written by Cecilia Woloch.  It intertwines her personal journey of identity with the larger forces in the world that have shaped the Roma people’s fate and fortunes. Tsigan has recently been translated into French, and the French edition was published this spring by Scribe-l'Harmattan.

Please join Atlanta's Théâtre du Rêve (Theater of the Dream)
in a celebration of both the English and French versions of Tzigane (Tsigan)

September 28, 6:30 p.m. 

at the home of Sophia Brothers Peterman
487 Burlington Road NE, Atlanta 30307
A donation of $10 is suggested for the reading, wine,
and the opportunity to meet the author.

Space is limited. Reservation is required:
RSVP to: info@tdratl.org or call (404) 875-3829.

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Atlanta Poetry Workshops
with Cecilia Woloch

Poet/traveler/teacher Cecilia Woloch is coming to Atlanta and will offer two all-day intensive workshops for poets. Both workshops will offer generative exercises and feedback on new writing in a lively and convivial atmosphere, as well as craft tips and suggestions for revising and shaping poems.

Workshop #1: Sunday, Sept. 28
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The library at Brookwood Place
1735 Peachtree St. NE 
Hosted by Karen Paul Holmes (404-316-8466)

Abundance, Extravagance, Specific Mysteries

This workshop will focus on bringing lush and sensual detail into our writing to make the writing both more mysterious and more precise, more resonant and more deeply alive. We’ll take inspiration from such diverse poets as Federico Garcia Lorca, Joy Harjo, Adrienne Rich, Leonard Cohen and Yona Harvey.

We’ll break for lunch around 1 p.m.; you can brown-bag it and have lunch by the pool, or take a short walk to Chipotle for eat-in or carry-out.

In the evening, a bilingual reading in celebration of the publication of the French translation of Cecilia’s Tsigan; The Gypsy Poem will be held in a private home in Decatur. Workshop participants are welcome to attend. Please email Cecilia for further details and reservations. (CeciWo@AOL.com)

Workshop #2: Monday, Sept. 29
1 – 6 p.m.
2000 Granite Springs Lane
Hosted by Eve Hoffman (770- 448-8407)

The Music of What Happens: Blurring the Border Between 'Narrative' and 'Lyric'

This workshop will meet in the beautiful riverside home of Eve Hoffman in Norcross, a half hour’s drive north of central Atlanta. Generative exercises will focus on infusing our poems with rich sound and rhythm, weaving the narrative impulse with the impulse to sing. Cecilia will offer a 10-minute lecture on the evolution of accentual-syllabic meter.

We’ll take a brief break mid-afternoon for coffee or tea. Feel free to bring snacks to share.

After the workshop, starting at 6:30 p.m., Eve will open her home to the wider Atlanta poetry community for an evening potluck. This will be an opportunity for everyone to share what s/he is doing, to discuss what’s happening on the Atlanta poetry scene and what we’d like to see happen, and to connect and celebrate. If you have books or chapbooks to sell or exchange, be sure to bring copies along, as well as libations and/or food to share.

The cost of each workshop is $75, or $130 for those who sign up for both. Payment must be made in advance to hold your space. (You can pay by check or by credit card via PayPal.) Each workshop will be limited to a maximum of ten poets and spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve a space in a workshop, please contact Karen Holmes: kpaulholmes@gmail.com

To RSVP for the Tsigan reading on the evening of Sept. 28, please contact Cecilia:

To RSVP for the poetry potluck on Sept. 29, please contact Eve Hoffman: evehoffman@bellsouth.net


Cecilia Woloch is the author of six collections of poems, most recently Carpathia (BOA Editions 2009), which was a finalist for the Milton Kessler Award, and Tzigane, le poème Gitan (Scribe-l’Harmattan 2014), the French translation of her second book, Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem. Tsigan has also been adapted for multi-media performances in the U.S. and Europe, and is currently being translated into Polish. Her novella, Sur la Route, a finalist for the Colony Collapse Prize, is forthcoming from Quale Press in 2015. She has recently completed a new collection of poems and a collection of essays.

Cecilia’s honors include The Indiana Review Prize for Poetry, The New Ohio Review Prize for Poetry, the Scott Russell Sanders Prize for Creative Nonfiction, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, CEC/ArtsLink International, Chateau de la Napoule Foundation, the Center for International Theatre Development and many others. Her work has been translated and published in French, German, Polish and Ukrainian. She collaborates regularly with musicians, dancers, visual artists, theatre artists and filmmakers.  

Watch a YouTube video about Cecilia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXYzHP6tkGc

10th Anniversary Voices Carry reading is Sept. 27

Join Poetry Atlanta on the patio at Java Monkey Coffee House in Decatur to mark the 10th annual Voices Carry poetry reading.

Our featured poets will include Cecilia Woloch, Cherryl T. Cooley, Alice Lovelace, Karen Head, Kodac Harrison and host Collin Kelley.

The reading is free and open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Free and paid parking is available around the Decatur Square. Java Monkey is located at 425 Church St., just across from the Decatur MARTA station.


Thursday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Poetry at Tech: Richard Blanco and Jericho Brown
Robert C. Williams Paper Museum
Poetry at Tech kicks of its 2014-15 season with a reading by poets Richard Blanco and Jericho Brown. The free event will be held in the Kress Auditorium of the Paper Museum, 500 Tenth Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30309. Plenty of free parking. For more information and to see the rest of the season's poets, visit http://poetry.gatech.edu/events.html.

Monday, Sept. 29, 7:15 p.m.
William Walsh and Julie Bloemeke
Decatur Library Auditorium
Georgia Center for the Book welcomes William Walsh and Julie Bloemeke to celebrate the publication of Walsh's new collection, "Lost in the White Ruins." Free and open to the public. 215 Sycamore St., Decatur, GA 30030. http://www.georgiacenterforthebook.org

The Horizon Leans Forward: A Reading for Maya Angelou on July 15

The Horizon Leans Forward: A Reading for Maya Angelou 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 7:15 p.m.
Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur GA 30030

Join Poetry Atlanta, Georgia Center for the Book and Charis Books and More for this special tribute to the legendary Maya Angelou. Local poets and writers will be reading poems and passages from Dr. Angelou's work. Confirmed readers: Opal Moore, Alice Lovelace, Theresa Davis, Teri Elam, Karen Head, Malkia M'Buzi Moore, Megan Volpert, Rupert Fike, Amena Brown Owen, Christopher Martin, Lita Hooper, Karen Paul Holmes and Cherryl T. Cooley, who appeared with Dr. Angelou on the Oprah Winfrey Show. The evening will be hosted by Collin Kelley. More readers will be announced soon. The event is free and open to the public.

Poetry Atlanta Presents… Brendan Constantine & Julie E. Bloemeke (Just added - A workshop!)

JUST ADDED "When the bough breaks…" - A Poetry Workshop with Brendan Constantine
Perhaps one of our oldest lyric traditions is the Lullaby. Every culture has its own examples and many of the world's celebrated poets have written them. So why does this enduring form almost never appear in standard guides to poetics? What makes a lullaby and why is it so hard to define? Los Angeles poet, Brendan Constantine, offers a generative writing workshop on the poetry of sleep. The workshop will be held at the Decatur Library Auditorium at 6 p.m. before Brendan's reading with Julie. Everyone is invited!

Join Poetry Atlanta and Georgia Center for the Book on Wednesday, June 18, at 7:15 p.m. for a special reading by Brendan Constantine and Julie E. Bloemeke. Brendan is on a cross-country driving tour reading from his recently published and work-in-progress, so come out and show some love to this amazing poet.

Brendan Constantine is a native of Los Angeles. His work has appeared in numerous journals, notably FIELD, Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, ZYZZYVA,Poetry Daily, Verse Daily and LA Times bestseller The Underground Guide To Los Angeles. His most recent books are 'Birthday Girl With Possum' (2011 Write Bloody Publishing) and 'Calamity Joe' (2012 Red Hen Press). His first collection, Letters To Guns (2009 Red Hen Press), continues to receive acclaim and is taught extensively in school throughout the country. He has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, the James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently poet in residence at the Windward School and adjunct professor at Antioch University. In addition, he regularly conducts workshops for hospitals, foster homes, & with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.

Julie E. Bloemeke is currently working on her first book of poetry. A 2012 and 2014 fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, her work has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in various publications including The Raven Chronicles, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Deep South Magazine.

Other Readings & Events In June

June, July & August

Open Mic at Callanwolde
During the summer months of June, July and August, open mic poetry readings will be held on second Wednesdays at 8:00 pm at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. To sign up for the reading on June 11, please call Amy McNett at Callanwolde at 404-872-5338, extension 228. If necessary leave a message including a phone number. Please sign up only once per summer. The reading will be held in the library on the first floor of the Callanwolde mansion. The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is located at 980 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. Free refreshments will follow the reading. Arrive early for the best parking, which is also free. Admission is $5 for general admission and $3 for students, seniors and members. For more information call Callanwolde at 404-872-5338 or go to www.callanwolde.org.

Thursday, June 26, 8:00 p.m. 
What's New In Poetry: Sarah Marcus, Carleen Tibbetts, Matt Mauch, Leah Umansky, Alexandra Naughton
Barnes & Noble Emory Bookstore 
The poets will read from their latest work. Free and open to the public. Find out more at this link.

Poetry Atlanta celebrates Marquez and Whitman in May

100 Readers of Solitude (VENUE CHANGE)
One hundred Atlanta-area readers who love the work of celebrated writer and Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez will gather on Sunday afternoon, May 18, at 1 p.m. at Kavarna Coffee House, 707 E. Lake Drive in Decatur, GA to honor the author of One Hundreds Years of Solitude and other internationally acclaimed works. Marquez died on April 17. Those who wish to read on Sunday may sign up and request a preferred time by emailing charles@pastemagazine.com. Poetry Atlanta is proud to be taking part in this special event.

Non-Stop Whitman
Join Poetry Atlanta on May 31, 7:30 p.m. at Java Monkey Coffee House, 425 Church St., in Decatur for this "non-stop" reading of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself. More than 30 local poets, writers and artists will be interpreting Whitman's classic. Come early to grab a seat!