March Readings & Events

Monday, March 9, 8 p.m.
Avondale Estates Poetry Reading
The Bishop
The monthly Avondale Estates Poetry Reading will be March 9 at 8 p.m. at The Bishop in the heart of Avondale Estates’ Tudor Village. Anyone may read a poem of their own or a favorite by another poet. A platter of appetizers will be available for the table to share. We gather in the semi-private space at the rear of the dining area. Ask the manager for the “Bards’ Table”. For more info contact jewen@bellsouth.net  

Wednesday, March 11, 8:00 p.m.
Poetry at Callanwolde: Rosemary Daniell and Anne Webster
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Daniell and Webster will read from their latest work. $5 General Admission: $3 Students with ID, Seniors, and Members. For more information call 404-872-5338. www.callanwolde.org.


Monday, March 23, 6:30 p.m.
Carl Phillips
Woodruff Library, Emory University
Award-winning poet Carl Phillips gives a free, public reading on Monday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library at Emory University. Phillips is the author of twelve books of poetry, most recently “Silverchest" and "Double Shadow,” winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has also written two books of prose, “The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination” and “Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry.”

Calling all Georgia poets! Submit for National Poetry Month Poem A Day

The Georgia Center for the Book (GCB) invites Georgia’s poets to join us to celebrate National Poetry Month 2015 with “A Poem A Day”.  “A Poem A Day” will be a program curated by the Georgia Center for the Book in which submitted poems are published daily during the month of April 2015, and republished in our weekly newsletter. Poems submitted for electronic publication may be published in a bound volume by the Georgia Center for the Book.
  • Poems should be an original, unpublished work.
  • Poems should be on the theme of Libraries, books or reading, either directly or tangentially.
  • Poems should not be a translation of another poetic work.
  • Poets may submit up to three works on the theme for publication, however only one poem per entrant will be selected for publication.
  • Poems should be submitted as a file attachment, and multiple poems should be submitted as one document.
  • Poems should be formatted to be reproduced easily for electronic publication.
  • No shape poetry will be considered for publication.
  • Poems should be no longer than three pages.
  • No Cover letter is required. If selected the GCB will contact the poet by the e-mail used for submission to collect the necessary bibliographical information.
  • Deadline for submissions is Midnight, March 23, 2015.
  • Please e-mail submissions to gcb@dekalblibrary.org

February Readings and Events

Thursday, February 19, 7:00 p.m.
Roswell Roots Poetry Slam
Roswell Historic Cottage
M. Ayodele Heath will host the annual Roswell Roots Poetry Slam at the Roswell Historic Cottage, 972 Alpharetta St., Roswell, GA 30075. This will be a three-round slam. Sign up begins at 6 p.m. sharp and is limited to the first 15 participants so arrive early! First place winner receives $1,000. For details, visit this link

Saturday, February 21, 4:00 p.m.
Carol Ann Duffy
Emory University
British Poet Laureate will give free reading at Glenn Memorial Auditorium/Chapel on campus. Doors open at 3 p.m. and seating is limited. Find out more at this link

Thursday, February 26, 7:30 p.m.
Poetry at Tech:  Nguyen Phan Que Mai, Bruce Weigl & Bruce McEver
Kress Auditorium at The Robert C. Williams Paper Museum 
A free reading by three award-winning poets as part of the annual McEver Reading. No tickets or reservations required. The Paper Museum is at  500 Tenth Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30309. Plenty of free parking available just in front of the building's entrance or through the gate, which is straight ahead as you turn off 10th Street. www.poetry.gatech.edu.

January Readings & Events

Wednesday, January 14, 8:00 p.m.
Poetry Recitation Invitational 
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center 
Callanwolde's first annual poetry recitation invitational will feature poems by Dorothy Parker, John Keats, Wallace Stevens, Gwendolyn Brooks and Thomas Hardy, read by Karen Wurl, Adrian Fillion, Stephen Windham, M. Ayodele Heath and Anthony Harrington respectively. The reading will be held in the library which is on the first floor of the 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 404-872-5338 or go to www.callanwolde.org.


Thursday, January 29, 7:15 p.m.
Poetry Atlanta Presents… On Occasion: Four Poets, One Year
Decatur Library Auditorium 
Join Poetry Atlanta and Georgia Center for the Book as they welcome Karen Head, JC Reilly, Robert E. Wood and Blake Leland to read from the new On Occasion anthology. 215 Sycamore St. For more information, visit www.georgiacenterforthebook.org.

November Readings & Events

Thursday, November 6, 7:00 p.m. 
On Occasion: Four Poets, One Year book launch 
Georgia Tech Library 
A reading and reception to mark the publication of On Occasion: Four Poets, One Year (Poetry Atlanta Press) will be held Nov. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ferst Room of the Georgia Tech Library, 704 Cherry St. NW. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the reading at 7 p.m. Contributors Karen Head, Blake Leland, JC Reilly and Robert Wood will read their work from this special anthology. Books will be for sale. 

Saturday, November 8 
A Special Poetry Reading at Bound To Be Read Books 
Franklin Abbott presents a reunion of most of the poets who have read at Bound To Be Read Books over the past nine years. We'll offer two readings with an hour's break between them. Poets featured from 3:00-6:00 p.m. include: Sedrick Gardner, Clockwise Cat, Flap Jack, Michael Diebert, Young Hughley, Robert Wood, Karen Head, Ayodele Heath, Julie Bloemeke, Jericho Brown, Jon Goode, Alive Lovelace, Collin Kelley, Eve Hoffman, Theresa Davis, Duncan Teague, and Jessica Handler. Poets featured from 7:00-9:30ish p.m. include: Rico Revels, Cleo Creech, Alice Teeter, Amy Pence, Armando Espita, Daniel Hernandez, Mariana McDonald, Luis Alvarez, Jean Heinrich, Sharon Mathis, Donavan Brown, Mose Hardin, Lee Furey, Dan Veach, Tania Rochelle, Rupert Fike, Christine Swint, Jeff McCord, Marissa McNamara, and Jef Blocker. 481B Flat Shoals Ave. in East Atlanta Village. www.boundtobereadbooks.com

Wednesday, November 12, 8:00 p.m.
Poetry at Callanwolde: Megan Sexton and Anya Silver
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Megan Sexton (Swift Hour) and Anya Silver (I Watched You Disappear) 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.

Thursday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.
Poetry at Tech: Denise Duhamel & Malachi Black 
Kress Auditorium at The Robert C. Williams Paper Museum 
A free reading by award-winning poets Denise Duhamel and Malachi Black. No tickets or reservations required. The Paper Museum is at  500 Tenth Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30309. Plenty of free parking available just in front of the building's entrance or through the gate, which is straight ahead as you turn off 10th Street. www.poetry.gatech.edu.

Saturday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Johns Creek Poetry Festival
Johns Creek Baptist Church
M. Ayodele Heath, performance poet, headlines this event, which will include readings by other local poets such as John Ottley and Jill Jennings. Free and open to the public of all ages. Lunch available for purchase. Open mic. Further info contact Jill Jennings at magistra_jennings@yahoo.com 6910 The church is located at McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta 30005.

Wednesday, November 19, 7:15 p.m.
Poetry Atlanta Presents… Lynn Alexander, Karen Paul Holmes and Michelle Castleberry
Decatur Library Auditorium
Poetry Atlanta and Georgia Center for the Book present this evening of poetry featuring Lynn Alexander (Man Done Gone), Karen Paul Holmes (Untying the Knot) and Georgia Author of the Year Award finalist for poetry Michelle Castleberry (Dissecting the Angel). Books will be on sale. Free and open to the public. 215 Sycamore St., Decatur, GA.

Book Launch: On Occasion: Four Poets, One Year


A reading and reception to mark the publication of On Occasion: Four Poets, One Year (Poetry Atlanta Press) will be held Nov. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ferst Room of the Georgia Tech Library, 704 Cherry St. NW. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the reading at 7 p.m.

Karen Head, Blake Leland, JC Reilly and Robert Wood will read their work from this special anthology. Books will be for sale.

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.