This past weekend was the Decatur Book Festival. I went to hear new US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey read from her collection Thrall on Friday night at the Schwartz Center at Emory University. Thrall is an interesting juxtaposition of confessional and ekphrastic poetry based on Casta paintings. On Saturday morning, I read with Michael Montlack, Jericho Brown, Jim Elledge, Cleo Creech and Dustin Brookshire from the Divining Divas anthology on the City Hall Stage. We had a surprisingly large crowd since we were scheduled opposite the Best American Poetry anthology reading. I also hosted an hour of poets on the Java Monkey stage and took part in an offsite reading from Divining Divas at Bound to Be Read Books that evening.
|Judson Mitcham reads at Java Monkey|
I have a second galley of my poetry collection Render to tackle today, so I'm about to grab my red pen and get to it. I hope everyone has a great Labor Day!