Upcoming Poetry Readings
It's National Poetry Month, so that means my reading schedule has seriously picked up, starting with the 24 Hour Poetry Feature, which is a national event, this weekend. I'll be reading all sorts of sexy and political stuff at midnight on Saturday/Sunday at The Horizon School, 1900 DeKalb Ave. There will be 24 hours of poetry readings, including an open mic on Saturday, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday and going to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Many of Atlanta's top spoken word poets will be there -- Theresa Davis, Karen G., Stefan Micko to name but a few. God knows what will happen in those wee hours, but I'll try to stay and see some of it. This event is also acting as a fundraiser for the Art Amok and Java Monkey slam teams, so come out, show your support and bring some cash. Visit the Art Amok page on MySpace for more info.
You'll also see I have a number of other readings coming up, including two for the CRUX anthology (the first one is at Silk Cafe in Decatur on April 10 at 7 p.m.) and a reading at Outwrite Books on April 15 with Franklin Abbott, Robin Kemp and Reginald Jackson. I'll be previewing work from After the Poison. I was also thrilled to get an invitation by The Literary Center at the Margaret Mitchell House to be a featured poet at the Georgia Author Book Bash in June. Click on the links in the Upcoming Readings header in the blog sidebar at left for more info., directions, etc.
I can also tentatively announce that I will be reading in New York in late October with Thomas Lux and Vijay Seshadri organized by the great Jackie Sheeler. I'm very excited to share a stage with them. More on that soon.
I totally blew off Emory University's big poetry extravaganza, A Fine Excess, on principle. Snodgrass, Salter, McClatchy, Strand and Wilbur were all on the bill, and while it was free, you had to fill out this form and send it back to Emory listing your title and university affiliation. Since I had neither, and since this event seemed to be totally tuned to academia, I said fuck it. Several folks I know sent in their registration form and never heard back. I also found it odd that two of Emory's most noted poets -- Kevin Young and Natasha Trethewey -- weren't even on the program. What's up with that? The whole set up just turned me off, and I had better things to do with my time (like paying the government nearly $700 in taxes that I don't have). Mary Jo Salter is reading at A Cappella Books in Little Five Points on Saturday night, and since she's the only poet I really wanted to see, I'm not sad for missing what was mostly a gathering of old white men. I'm just sayin'...
And if you're looking for somewhere to read your work in Atlanta or want to see some great poets in action, make sure to check out the calendar at Poetry Atlanta.