THANKS EVERYONE: There was a small, but receptive turnout at Saturday's Decatur Arts Festival for the Favorite Poem Project. The weather was gorgeous. The audience was receptive to Anne Sexton and I spoke with a woman who had actually went to one of Sexton's readings in Boston. That is a very lucky woman. There was also a nice crowd at the Barnes & Noble in Fayetteville on Saturday night for open mic. I read five poems and Chante Whitley Head asked me to write an essay for the Atlanta Literary Festival magazine on the state of poetry today. The magazine will be available later this summer and the festival will run Sept. 19 through Sept. 28 all over the city. The official launch of Better To Travel is one of the opening night events of the festival.

BOOK SIGNING NEWS: I will be signing Better To Travel and meeting customers at Peachtree Highway Book Shop on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. This will be part of the Atlanta Literary Festival's Night of 100 Authors event. If you have never visited Peachtree Highway, you are missing out. The shop is located on McLendon Avenue in Chandler Park and features books, music and magazines related to the south. Richard Mintz, a very nice man with a good eye for literature, is the owner. Supporting independent book shops is important. Visit for more details about the store. Information on the Atlanta Literary Festival can be found at

WIM WENDERS INTERVIEW: In the next two weeks, I will interview the great German director Wim Wenders about his new documentary The Soul Of A Man, which will air on PBS in September as part of a series on The Blues. Wenders is one of my favorite directors and has produced such classics as Wings of Desire, Paris, Texas, Until the End of the World and Buena Vista Social Club. I'll have more news about this soon and where the interview will be published. There are some exciting things going on behind the scenes that I can't talk about yet. Stay tuned.


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