May Readings & Events

Thursday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
London Calling: A Benefit Extravaganza For Poet & Novelist Collin Kelley
Bound to Be Read Books
From organizer Karen Head: It isn't often that someone you love gets invited to read at Southbank Centre in London, but our friend Collin has! Because Collin has selflessly supported so many of us, it is time to return the favor(s). Join us and read your favorite Collin Kelley poem, or write one for/about him or London. We will also have some fabulous swag and art and other cool stuff to auction. Clash t-shirts optional. Please join us! 481-B Flat Shoals Ave. in East Atlanta Village.

Saturday, May 5, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Medusa Salon
The Mask Center at L5P Community Center
This special event will feature a who's who of local female writers, poets and artists including Sandra Hughes, Alice Lovelace, Nukola, Karen G., Priscilla Smith, Madeleine St. Romain, April “Ap” Smith, Jessica Hand, AjaRay Embry, Cindy Taylor, Shannon Turner and Purple Iris Boutique (Brenda Williams). Free and open to the public. 1083 Austin Ave. in Little Five Points.

Wednesday, May 9, 7:30 p.m.
Aimee Suzara

Charis Books & More
Charis and AQLF welcome poet and playwright Aimee Suzara, who has been sharing poetry and multidisciplinary performance since 1999. Her play, Pagbabalik (Return) appeared in festivals in 2006-7 and she is working on her second, A History of the Body. Her poems appear in several journals and anthologies such as Kartika Review, 580 Split, Lantern Review and Walang Hiya: Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees and Poets and her chapbook, the space between. Learn more at . Charis is at 1189 Euclid Ave. in Little Five Points.

Wednesday, May 9, 8:00 p.m. 
Poetry At Callanwolde: Katie Chaple and Gloria Lawson Sylvester
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Katie Chaple, editor of Terminus Magazine, teaches at the University of West Georgia. She has been awarded a Visiting McEver Chair in Poetry from Poetry at Tech. Her work has been published widely in journals including Antioch Review, Passages North and Washington Square. Her book of poems Pretty Little Rooms was published last year by Press 53. Gloria Lawson Sylvester holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in Vermont. Her books include the poetry volume Prelude: A Demonstration of Life. She is the Poet Laureate of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel on the Morehouse College campus and has also served as poet-in-residence at several Atlanta-area schools. Tickets are sold at the door. $5 General Admission, $3 Students with ID, Seniors, and Members. For more information visit

Tuesday, May 22, 7:00 p.m.
Poetry Atlanta Presents... A Face to Meet the Faces Anthology Reading
Avis G. Williams/Toco Hills Library
For the next installment of  Poetry Atlanta Presents, we’ll be moving to the Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library for some exciting, inspiring poetry from some of the very best writers around the Atlanta area and beyond. A Face to Meet the Faces is a contemporary anthology of persona poetry co-edited by Stacey Lynn Brown and Oliver de la Paz from The University of Akron Press. Poets from the anthology to be featured at the event are: Dan Albergotti, Nagueyalti Warren, Adam Vines, L. Lamar Wilson, Collin Kelley, our host for this event, and Stacey Lynn Brown, editor of the anthology. This program is part of our celebration of Decatur Arts Festival week.

Wednesday, May 23, 7:30 p.m.
A Face to Meet The Faces Anthology Reading

Bound to Be Read Books
Contributors to the brand new persona poetry anthology will have a second reading in Atlanta to celebrate publication and share their own contributions as well as those of other poets featured in hte book. 481-B Flat Shoals Ave. in East Atlanta Village.

Tuesday, May 29, 8:00 p.m.
Poetry at The Music Room with Andrea O'Rourke, Dionne Irving and Katie Chaple

Pizzeria Vesuvius 
Laura Carter hosts this new reading series at The Music Room (327 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30312) featuring Andrea O'Rourke, Dionne Irving, and Katie Chaple. The reading is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 31, 8:00 p.m.
What's New In Poetry Series:
Dan Magers, Michelle Taransky & Nate Pritts
Emory University
The Emory Poetry Council will host a reading at the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore, 1390 Oxford Road. The reading is free and parking is available on the street and in the deck behind the store.

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