November Readings & Events

Tuesday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Seance
Bound to Be Read Books

Local poets will conjure up the spirit of their favorite dead poets for this special event featuring Franklin Abbott, Karen Head, Lisa Allender, Amy Pence, Alice Teeter, Cleo Creech and more. 481-B Flat Shoals Ave., East Atlanta Village.

Sunday, November 6, 4:30 p.m.
Louise Runyon
Shambhala Center, Decatur
Runyon reads from her newly-released third book of poetry, The Clearing. This book includes 39 poems exploring the subject of "clearing," as well as Petunias In The Window, a story for children and adults about a mother’s struggle to save her New York City apartment building from demolition. The book includes illustrations and other artwork by Suzanne Clements. $10 donation (optional). 1447 Church Street.  

Monday, November 7, 7:15 p.m.
David Bottoms
Decatur Library Auditorium
Georgia Center for the Book welcome back Georgia’s Poet Laureate David Bottoms to read and sign his new collection, ”We Almost Disappear." 215 Sycamore St.

Monday, November 7, 6:30 p.m.
Natasha Trethewey
Emory University

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey gives the Phillis Wheatley Reading as part of the Creative Writing Program Reading Series at Emory University in the Jones Room, 311 Woodruff Library. The reading will be followed a by reception and book signing.

Wednesday, November 9, 8:00 p.m. 
Poetry At Callanwolde: Rupert Fike and Adrian Fillion
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Rupert Fike's collection of poems, Lotus Buffet, was published this year by Brick Road Poetry Press and will be available at the reading. Nominated for the Pushcart prize in fiction and poetry, his work has appeared in numerous publications, including Rosebud, The Georgetown Review and Natural Bridge. His non-fiction work Voices from The Farm is now available in paperback. Adrian Fillion has published poems in The Atlanta Gazette, The DeKalb Literary Arts Journal, Poetry Venture and Red Hand Book. Tickets are sold at the door. $5 General Admission, $3 Students with ID, Seniors, and Members. For more information visit

Wednesday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.
An Evening of Spoken Word with Kimberly Dark
Bound to Be Read Books
Kimberly Dark’s spoken word shows have twice been named on Curve magazine’s top 10 performances of the year and, in 2010, Campus Pride named her one of the “Top 25 LGBT Favorites” on Campus Pride’s 2010 “HOT LIST!” –  the ‘best of the best’ in LGBT actors, comedians, performers, and more – diverse, provocative, inspiring, and enlightening. Bound to Be Read Books, 481-B Flat Shoals Ave., East Atlanta Village.

Thursday, November 10, 8:00 p.m.
What's New In Poetry Series: Bloof Books
Emory University

The Emory Poetry Council will host a reading at the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore, 1390 Oxford Road, featuring poets published by Bloof Books: Shanna Compton, Maureen Thorson, Sandra Simonds, Anne Boyer, Patricia Lockwood, and Peter Davis. The reading is free and parking is available on the street and in the deck behind the store.

Saturday, November 12, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Johns Creek Poetry Festival
Northeast Spruill Oaks Library

A day of readings, events and activities for children and adults by local poets and a special appearance by Thomas Lux. 9560 Spruill Road.

Saturday, November 19, 4:00 p.m. 
Barbara Knott 
Academy Theatre, Avondale Estates
Barbara Knott’s poem “Boxwood” was selected by Nikki Giovanni as winner of the 2009 New Millennium Writings’ poetry award . Her chapbook Soul Mining was published by Finishing Line Press in 2011. In this program, she will be accompanied by dancers Sandra Hughes of the Mask Theater and Malita Belloso and Kevin Wilson of Calo Gitano Flamenco Dance Academy. Admission Free. 19 Center Street. For more information, visit and click on Barbara’s Book.

Tuesday, November 22, 7:30 p.m.
Outwrite Books
Antron-Reshaud signs his latest book of poems, short stories, and ruminations, Ayo: Lost and Found. 991 Piedmont Ave.

Friday, December 9, 7 to 9:00 p.m.
Erato Spoken Word Competition

Georgia Tech Campus
Erato, Georgia Tech’s journal of arts and literature, is hosting its first annual Spoken Word Competition featuring college students from around the metro. The event includes the performance and judging of spoken word finalists as well as free coffee, provided by Octane Coffee Bar, and desserts, provided by the journal staff members. An anthology of finalists will be available the week before and at the event. The first place winner will receive an award of $100, and the runner-up will receive $50. The competition will take place in the center of Georgia Tech’s campus at the Campanile fountain.

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