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! 

May Readings & Events

An iris at the Atlanta Review Home Pond

Saturday, May 3, 4:15 p.m.
Electronic Corpse book launch event
Poem 88 Gallery
The Atlanta launch of "Electronic Corpse: Poems from a Digital Salon" will be held at Poem 88 gallery, 1100 Howell Mill Road, Suit A04, in West Midtown. Editor M. Ayodele Heath will read along with Collin Kelley, Jon Goode, C.G. Brown, Dan Veach, Robert E. Wood, Rupert Fike, Sharan Strange, Theresa Davis, Teri Elam, Christina Springer and more. You can find out more and RSVP at the Facebook invite at this link.

Sunday, May 4
Iris Party
Poetry Atlanta's annual Rite of Spring, Dan's Iris Party, will be the afternoon of May 4. Bubbly drinks and intoxicating flowers will be in abundance--over 30 varieties of exotic Iris! Everyone is welcome--kids love the goldfish in Atlanta Review's Home Pond. Dan's place is 2278 Vistamont Drive, Decatur GA 30033, 404-636-0052, danveach@hotmail.com. See you there!

Wednesday, May 14, 8:00 p.m.
Poetry at Callanwolde: Kodac Harrison and Brenda M. Tillman
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Kodac Harrison ("The Turtle and The Moon") and Brenda M. Tillman ("Shades of Mandingo" and "Listen! Your Positive Inner Voice") 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.

May 22-27
Megan Volpert & Brock Guthrie
Volpert ("Only Ride") and Guthrie ("Contemplative Man") will give a series of readings in Atlanta during May beginning with the What's New In Poetry series at Emory University at 8 p.m. on May 22 (with Claire Donato and Jeff T. Johnson); SCAD's Ivy Hall on May 23 at 6:30 p.m.; Lost in the Letters Series at Highland Inn Ballroom on May 25 at 7:30 p.m.; and The Iberian Pig Food & Writers series on May 27 (ticketed event). For more details on all these events visit this link.

Saturday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.
Non-Stop Reading of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself
Java Monkey Coffee House, Decatur
Poetry Atlanta presents A Non-Stop, Straight-Through Reading of "Song of Myself" on Walt Whitman's 195th birthday. More than 30 Atlanta poets, writers and artists will read Whitman's lines, including Theresa Davis, Charles McNair, Ashlee Haze, Beth Gylys, Collin Kelley, Rupert Fike, Avodele Heath, Sharan Strange, Kodak Harrison, Franklin Abbott, Dan Veach and many others. Please join us for this special night. Free! 425 Church St., Decatur, GA.

April Readings & Events

Thursday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.
Poetry at Tech: Cornelius Eady, Kurtis Lamkin and Patricia Smith 
Robert C. Williams Paper Museum
The Poetry at Tech season continues with a special evening of award-winning African-American poets. This is a free event and open to the public. The reading will be held in the auditorium of the Paper Museum, 500 10th Street. Plentiful, free parking. http://poetry.gatech.edu/events.html

Monday, April 7, 7:00 p.m.
Kevin Young
Carter Library
Kevin Young reads from and signs his latest collection, Book of Hours, at The Carter Library, 441 Freedom Parkway. For more, check out this link

Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.
A Celebration of Anne Carson
Charis Books
To mark National Poetry Month, Dr. Britta Span of Georgia Tech will give a keynote speech on the gender-bending work of Anne Carson. Suggested donation: $5. 1189 Euclid Ave. www.charisbooksandmore.com

Wednesday, April 9, 8:00 p.m.
Poetry at Callanwolde: Lee Passarella & Robert E. Wood
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Passarella is a senior editor of Atlanta Review, and has been editor-in-chief of FutureCycle Poetry and Coreopsis Books. His poetry volumes include Swallowed up in Victory, a long narrative poem based on the American Civil War, The Geometry of Loneliness, and most recently Redemption. Wood received a PhD at the University of Virginia and teaches at Georgia Tech. His chapbooks Gorizia Notebook and Sleight of Hand were published by Finishing Line Press, and his poetry collection The Awkward Poses of Others by WordTech. He is also the author of Some Necessary Questions of the Play, a study of Hamlet.  $5 General Admission: $3 Students with ID, Seniors, and Members. For more information call 404-872-5338. www.callanwolde.org

Thursday, April 24, 8:00 p.m.
What's New In Poetry: Chris Salerno & Sara Henning
Barnes & Noble Emory Bookstore
The poets will read from their latest work. Free and open to the public.  http://www.poetrycouncil.campuslifetech.org/the-whats-new-in-poetry-reading-series/2013-2014

Wednesday, April 30, 7:15 p.m.
Poetry Atlant Presents Megan Sexton & Megan Volpert
Decatur Library
Poetry Atlanta teams up with Georgia Center for the Book for a "Night of Two Megans" as Sexton (Swift Hour) and Volpert (Only Ride) launch their brand new poetry collections. The reading will be held in the Decatur Library auditorium, 215 Sycamore St. Free and open to the public. www.georgiacenterforthebook.org