TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 7:30 PM
POETRY AT TECH PRESENTS BILLY COLLINS
Poetry at Tech opens its 2010-11 season with a bang, featuring former US poet laureate Billy Collins. The LeCraw Auditorium is on the first floor of the College of Management Building in Technology Square, corner of West Peachtree and 5th streets. Parking is available in the parking deck of the Georgia Tech Conference Center Hotel on Spring Street. The event is free and open to the public, but please arrive early to secure a seat. www.poetry.gatech.edu.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1:30 PM
ATLANTA PRIDE LITERARY EVENT
Poets and writers – including Theresa Davis, Franklin Abbott, David Matthew Barnes, Mose Hardin, and Cleo Creech – will read on the Budweiser Stage during the Atlanta Pride festival. www.atlantapride.org.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 8 pm
POETRY AT CALLANWOLDE PRESENTS BARRY MARKS AND PHIL SMITH
CALLANWOLDE FINE ARTS CENTER
Callanwolde’s regular poetry series continues featuring Barry Marks and Phil Smith as they read from their latest published works. Experience an evening of poetry in the unique setting of the Callanwolde Library. Barry Marks is the author of Possible Crocodiles (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2010), and has won numerous contests including the Alabama State Poetry Society chapbook competition for There is Nothing Oppressive as a Good Man. Phil Smith formerly directed a writer's series at the Maryland Writers Council. His collection of poetry and essays Impure Honey! was published in 2007, and two of his poems are included on the CD Words on War. Tickets are sold at the door. $5 General Admission, $3 students with ID, seniors and Callanwolde members. For more information call (404) 872-5338 or visit www.callanwolde.org.
ATLANTA QUEER LITERARY FESTIVAL
The fourth annual AQLF will be held at venues around the city including Charis Books, Outwrite Books, Emory University, Auburn Avenue Research Library, Decatur Library, Java Monkey Coffee House and First Existentialist Congregation. There will be poets both local and national reading – including Steven Reigns, Amy King, Montgomery Maxton and Collin Kelley – along with prose and non-fiction writers. There will be a slam showcase featuring Blair, Joanna Hoffman, Ifa Bumi and more at Java Monkey on Saturday night. For a full schedule and details, visit www.atlqueerlitfest.com.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:00 PM
AMENA BROWN LIVE
BLUE MARK STUDIOS
Spoken word artist Amena Brown will read new at Blue Mark Studios, 892 Jefferson St. (near King Plow Arts Center) along with music performances by J. Winston, Gritz & Jelly Butter, Adan Beane and more. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. amenabrownlive.eventbrite.com
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 6:30 PM
PUSH PUSH THEATRE
Sherry Williams, poet, playwright and novelist will present her latest collection of poetry, Queen, at Push Push Theater,121 New Street, Decatur. The evening will be augmented by a live jazz performance by the Intown Band. Cover is $15. www.mooreoliphant.com
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 7:30 PM
CHARIS BOOKS PRESENTS ALICE WALKER
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION
The author of The Color Purple will read from and sign her new book of poetry, Hard Times Call For Furious Dancing, at this special event at the Unitarian building, 1911 Cliff Valley Way. Tickets are $25. www.charisbooksandmore.com
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 7:15 PM
POETRY ATLANTA PRESENTS... COLIN CHENEY & GINGER MURCHISON
Poetry Atlanta and Georgia Center for the Book present a special evening of poetry featuring National Poetry Series winner Colin Cheney (Here Be Monsters) and local favorite Ginger Murchison (Out Here). The free reading will be Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7:15 p.m. in the lower level auditorium at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. Books will be available for purchase.www.georgiacenterforthebook.org.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 8:00 PM
FEATURING: NATASHA TRETHEWEY, CECILIA WOLOCH, PATRICK DONNELLY, RICHARD GARCIA, M. AYODELE HEATH & COLLIN KELLEY
SYCAMORE PLACE GALLERY, DECATUR
The sixth annual reading boasts and all-star line up of poets including Pulitzer Prize-winner Trethewey at the intimate gallery, 125 Sycamore Place. The event is free, but donations are requested for wine and food and to help offset costs of the event.