Seventh annual Voices Carry, Oct. 30

Poetry Atlanta will present the seventh annual Voices Carry reading on Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. at Sycamore Place Gallery in Decatur. The line-up for this year's reading is one of the most stellar ever including Natasha Trethewey, Patrick Donnelly, Cecilia Woloch, M. Ayodele Heath and Collin Kelley. The event is free and open to the public, although we will be accepting donations to help offset the cost of wine and nibbles for the reception. The gallery is located at 120 Sycamore Place, Decatur, GA 30030.

Natasha Trethewey won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection Native Guard. A professor at Emory University, Trethewey's other collections include Domestic Work and Bellocq's Ophelia. Her latest work is a book of non-fiction called Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Patrick Donnelly is the author of The Charge and Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin, forthcoming from Four Way Books. He is an associate editor of Poetry International and his work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review and many more.

Cecilia Woloch is the author of five collections of poems, most recently Carpathia, from BOA Editions. She is currently a lecturer in the creative writing program at the University of Southern California, as well as the founding director of The Paris Poetry Workshop.

M. Ayodele Heath is a regional and national poetry slam champ. He was named a 2002 Lexus Leader in the Arts, given an Emerging Artists grant by the Atlanta Bureau for Cultural Affairs and received a fellowship to the Caversham Center for the Arts in South Africa. His work has appeared in Chattahoochee Review and storySouth among others.

Collin Kelley is the author of the novel Conquering Venus and three collections of poetry, Better To Travel, Slow To Burn and After the Poison. A Georgia Author of the Year Award winner, Kelley's poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review, Chattahoochee Review, Ecotone, New Delta Review and many more.

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