June Readings & Events

Friday, June 3, 7:30 p.m.
First Existentialist Congregation
The Atlanta Queer Literary Festival and Poetry Atlanta present an evening of Allen Ginsberg at the First Existentialist Congregation in Candler Park, 470 Candler Park Drive. Come listen to some of Atlanta's most talented poets read from his works. It promises to be a trippy evening. $5 Suggested Donation, benefit for AQLF. Featured readers include: Alice Lovelace, Collin Kelley, Franklin Abbott, Cleo Creech, Mindy Friedman, Karen Head, Kodac Harrison, M. Ayodele Heath, Theresa Davis, JC Reilly, Sharan Strange, Megan Volpert, Dan Veach and a few surprise guests. Rupert Fike is your host.

Wednesday, June 8, 8 p.m.
Callanwolde Open Mic Poetry Reading
The first ten poets to call and sign up at (404) 872-5338 ext. 228 will have the opportunity to read for 5 minutes at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. General Admission $5. Seniors, Students and members pay $3. Tickets are sold at the door. www.callanwolde.org

Sunday, January 19, 8 p.m.
Java Monkey Speaks 10th Anniversary
Featuring Kodac Harrison and Collin Kelley
The open mic and reading series will mark a decade at Java Monkey Coffee House in downtown Decatur with features by host Kodac Harrison and poet/novelist Collin Kelley, who are editing the next edition of the Java Monkey Speaks Anthology. Sign up for open mic begins at 7:30 p.m. If you have a poem that references Java Monkey, please come out and read it! 425 Church St.

June 23-25
Atlanta Queer Literary Festival
The fifth AQLF will take part in venues around the city including an opening night reading at Charis Books and more in Little Five Points, keynote addresses by Bryan Borland and Theresa Davis at the Decatur Library, a full day of workshops, panels and readings on Saturday at the Decatur Library and the AQLF Slam at Java Monkey Coffee House in Decatur. For the full line-up of event, visit www.atlqueerlitfest.com.

Wednesday, June 29, 7:15 p.m.
Poetry Atlanta Presents: Theresa Davis and Gypsee Yo
Decatur Library Auditorium
Poetry Atlanta partners with Georgia Center for the Book for ongoing quarterly reading series. Davis and Jonida "Gypsee Yo" Beqo came in first and second place, respectively, at the Women of the World Poetry Slam this past spring. Free. 215 Sycamore St., Decatur, GA.

All of June
Amy Pence will be conducting four poetry workshops during the month of June on Tuesdays from 11:00-1:00 at the Coffee Pot in downtown Alpharetta to benefit Ninebark Press. Pence is author of the poetry collection The Decadent Lovely and the chapbook Skin’s Dark Night. Her forthcoming book, Armor, Amour will be published by Ninebark Press in 2012. Donations will be $20 per class and $75.00 for all four classes and are tax-deductible. The group will be small (4-8 students). We will read and discuss contemporary poems, participate in in-class poetry exercises and workshop poems from the group. Please contact her at threepence@bellsouth.net to reserve a space.

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