Readings


Upcoming Events in 2014

February 28: Blended Heritage Festival at Fayette County Public Library

March 12: Charis Books & More with Megan Volpert & Theresa Davis

March 29: Rainbow Book Fair, New York

April 8: Smyrna Library 

May 3: Electronic Corpse anthology launch, Atlanta

May 14: Social media workshop at Decatur Gallery 






Past Events

2003

Poetry At Tech Fest, Georgia Tech.

Introduction of Jules et Jim at German-French Film Festival, Goethe Institute.

Alternative Arts Festival, Atlanta.

Better To Travel: An Evening of Poetry and Jazz with Collin Kelley featuring The Jennifer Perry Combo, Atlanta Literary Festival Opening Night Event.

Night of 100 Authors, Atlanta Literary Festival.

Java Monkey Speaks, Decatur, GA (with The Jennifer Perry Combo).

Barnes & Noble, Fayetteville, GA (with Cecilia Woloch).

Georgia Poetry Society, North Georgia College.

Barnes & Noble, Columbus, GA.

Barnes & Noble, Norcross, GA  (with Cecilia Woloch).

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta.

Happy Bookseller, Columbia, SC  (with John Amen and Cecilia Woloch).


2004

Redondo Poets, Los Angeles, CA. 

The Ugly Mug, Orange, CA (with Cecilia Woloch).

Malaprops Book Shop, Asheville, NC (with John Amen and Cecilia Woloch).

National Poetry Month, Columbus, GA (with Tania Rochelle).

Austin International Poetry Festival, Austin, TX.

Muse Art Cafe, Atlanta (with Alice Lovelace).

Georgia Center for the Book, Decatur, GA.

Java Monkey All-Stars, Decatur Arts Festival.

Outwrite Book Shop & Coffee House, Atlanta.

Introduction of Faraway, So Close at Goethe-Institut, Atlanta.

Cornelia Street Cafe, New York, NY.

Bowery Poetry Club, New York, NY.

Georgia Literary Festival, Columbus, GA.

Voices Carry, Atlanta Book Festival, Carter Center, Atlanta, GA (with John Stone, Alice Lovelace, Tania Rochelle, Ayodele, Ralph Tejeda Wilson, Cherryl Floyd-Miller & Kodac Harrison).

Terminus Magazine Party, Decatur, GA (with Thomas Lux, Nathan Deen, Beth Gylys and Leon Stokesbury).

The Sentient Bean, Savannah, GA.

HalfLife Crisis Release Reading, Java Monkey Speaks, Decatur, GA.


2005

SoCal Tour 2005: Barnes & Noble Hazard Center San Diego; Redondo Poets at Coffee Cartel; Two Idiots Peddling Poetry at Ugly Mug in Orange. 

Tsunami Benefit, Outwrite Books, Atlanta.

Reading of The Dark Horse, Theatre Gael, Atlanta.

Dahlonega Literary Festival, Dahlonega, GA.
Blended Heritage Celebration, Fayetteville, GA.

Village Writers Group, Decatur, GA.

Cliterati, Atlanta.

Workshop for Georgia Writers Association, Dunwoody, GA.

National Poetry Month Event, Barnes & Noble, Norcross, GA. 

Austin International Poetry Festival 2005, Austin, TX.

National Poetry Month Reading 2005, Outwrite Books, Atlanta.

Arts In the Park at Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta.

Workshop for Georgia Writers Association Spring Festival, Smyrna, GA.

House of Poets, Red Light Cafe, Atlanta.

Pride + Poetry, Ponce de Leon Library, Atlanta.

Java Monkey Speaks Anthology Release, Java Monkey Speaks, Decatur, GA.

Kennesaw Mountain Summer Writing Institute, Kennesaw State University.

Pride Reading for Pink Pony West, Cornelia Street Cafe, New York, NY.

Word Diversity Collective - Art Amok, 7 Stages, Atlanta. 

Cold Soup Dinner Theatre, Decatur, GA.

Voices Carry 2: An Afternoon of Poetry & Spoken Word, Carter Center, Atlanta.

Word Diversity Collective - Art Amok, 7 Stages, Atlanta. 

A Soldier's Song: Poetry of the Great War, Theatre Gael, Atlanta. 

Poetry at Portfolio Center, Atlanta.

Hurricane Katrina Relief Benefit, Outwrite Bookstore, Atlanta. 

Red Light: Superheroes, Saints & Sluts Launch, Modern Times Bookstore, San Francisco. 

Beyond Baroque, Venice Beach, CA (with John Amen & Cecilia Woloch).

Body Maps Exhibition Closing Night, Sycamore Place Gallery, Decatur, GA.

A Gift of Words, Ponce de Leon Library, Atlanta.

Word Diversity Collective: Naked, Pagan & Uncensored, Atlanta (producer)


2006

Blended Heritage Celebration, Fayetteville, GA. 

Poetry Out Loud Project, National Endowment for the Arts/Georgia Council for the Arts. (mentor/judge)

Word Diversity Collective: Karaoke Poetry, Atlanta.

Georgia Writers Association, Dunwoody, GA (with Jenny Sadre-Orafai).

National Poetry Month Reading, Outwrite Books, Atlanta.

Poetry Out Loud Finals, Taped for airing on PBS, Atlanta (host)

Release party and reading for Slow To Burn, Ruta Maya Coffee House, San Antonio, TX. 

Austin International Poetry Festival 2006, Austin, TX. 

Georgia Writers Association Spring Festival of Writers, Atlanta.

Launch party and reading for Slow To Burn, galerieMC, Atlanta (co-sponsored by Poets & Writers).

Reading at Cafe Ambrosia, Savannah, GA (with Heather Macadam and Mary Chi-Whi Kim).

Release party and reading for Slow To Burn, Fayette County Public Library, Fayetteville, GA. 
Reading at Java Monkey Speaks, Decatur, GA.

Bloomsday Reading, Composition Gallery, Atlanta.

Release party and reading for Java Monkey Speaks Anthology Vol. 2. Decatur, GA. 

Columbus Public Library, Columbus, GA. 

Reading of the Body Maps poems, National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta.

Subliminal Messages & Subversive Influences, GLBTQ Reading at Atlanta Library.

Atlanta Reads Project, Atlanta Library (forum moderator/presenter).

Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA. 

Voices Carry 3, The Carter Center, Atlanta (with Stephen Bluestone, Theresa Davis, Karen Head, Delisa Mulkey, Rupert Fike, Kodac Harrison, Robin Kemp, Chelsea Rathburn and Cecilia Woloch).

Outside the Green Zone chapbook reading, Outwrite Books, Atlanta (with Franklin Abbott, Cleo Creech, Lisa Allender, Melanie Hammett and Theresa Davis).

An Evening of Poetry at Composition Gallery (sponsored by Poets & Writers Inc.), Atlanta (with Rupert Fike).

Pink Pony West Series, Cornelia Street Cafe, New York, NY.

Poetry at Callanwolde, Atlanta (with Karen Head).

Poetry Cafe, London, UK. 

Launch of The Thrill and The Hurting anthology, London, UK. (co-editor).


2007

Poetry Out Loud Project 2007, National Endowment for the Arts/Poetry Foundation (Mentor and state finalist judge).

AWP Conference 2007, OUTspoken Reading and Poets & Writers panel, Atlanta.

An Evening of New Work: Late Night at The Academy Theatre, Avondale Estates, GA.

Art Amok, 7 Stages Theatre, Atlanta.

San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.

Redondo Poets, Coffee Cartel, Redondo Beach, CA.

Poetry at the Loft, Redlands, CA (with Sheema Kalbasi.

Poetry 101 Workshop, Fayette County Public Library, Fayetteville, GA. 

Georgia Writers Association of Kennesaw State University, Festival of Workshops, Smyrna, GA. 

Oglethorpe University, Atlanta.

Wordsmiths Books Grand Opening, Decatur, GA. 

Bloomsday Reading, Composition Gallery, Atlanta.

MondoHomo Festival, Atlanta.

Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA.

Beth Gylys' Matchbook Reading, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Voices Carry 4, Composition Gallery, Atlanta (with Mike Dockins, Kodac Harrison, Khadijah Queen, Megan Volpert & Cecilia Woloch).

My Body Is A Candle Touched By Fire - Benefit for IGLHRC, Actor's Express, Atlanta.

CRUX Anthology Release Reading, Southwest Arts Center, Atlanta.

GLBTQ Literary Festival, Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library, Atlanta.

Lewes Poetry Cafe, Lewes Library, Sussex, UK. 

Poetry Cafe, London, UK. 

Angel Poetry Reading Series, Borders Books, London, UK. 

Poetry At Tech, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (with Katie Chaple, Jon Goode and introduced by Thomas Lux).


2008

CRUX Anthology Reading, Indie Coffee & Books, Decatur, GA. 

CRUX Anthology Reading, Java Monkey Speaks, Decatur, GA. 

Limp Wrist Magazine launch party, Outwrite Books, Atlanta (with Laure-Anne Bosselaar).

Blended Heritage Festival, Fayette County Public Library, Fayetteville, GA.

24 Hour Poetry Feature, The Horizon School, Decatur, GA. 

CRUX Anthology Reading, Silk Cafe, Decatur, GA. 

National Poetry Month Reading, Outwrite Books, Atlanta (with Franklin Abbott, Robin Kemp and Reginald Jackson).

CRUX Anthology Reading, Wordsmiths Books, Decatur, GA.

Saints & Sinners Literary Festival, New Orleans, LA. 

50 Artists, 50 Shots: We Are All Sean Bell, Eyedrum, Atlanta.

Mondo Homo 2008, Atlanta.

Quill: A Literary Pride Event, Tallahassee Pridefest, Tallahassee, FL (with Cynie Cory and Brandy T. Wilson).

Wordsmiths Books Anniversary, Decatur, GA. 

Georgia Author Book Bash, The Literary Center at The Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta.

Pride Reading, Wordsmiths Books, Decatur, GA.

50 Artists, Eyedrum, Atlanta.

Save Wordsmiths Books, Decatur, GA. 

Release of After the Poison, Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA. 

After the Poison reading, Java Monkey Speaks, Decatur, GA. 

Callanwode Fine Arts Center, Atlanta (with Karen Head).

Wordsmiths Books, Decatur, GA (with Cecilia Woloch).

Cornelia Street Cafe, New York, NY (with D. Nurkse and George Wallace).

Voices Carry 5, Wordsmiths Books, Decatur, GA. (with Theresa Davis, Jim Elledge, Kodac Harrison, Laurel Snyder and Cecilia Woloch).

Outwrite Books, Atlanta (with Karen Head).

Atlanta Queer Literary Festival (co-director)


2009

Memorial Reading for Dr. John Stone, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta.

The Joe Milford Poetry Show, Radio Interview.

Virgogray Press Radio Show, Radio Interview. 

Blended Heritage Festival, Fayette County Public Library, Fayetteville, GA. 

Moe Green Poetry Hour, Radio Interview. 

Poetry Out Loud, Georgia Finalists Competition. (emcee)

Saints & Sinners Literary Festival, New Orleans, LA.

MondoHomo, Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta.

The Path Worn in the Grass: A Tribute to Walt Whitman, Composition Gallery, Atlanta.

Stonewall Reading, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Atlanta.

Poetry Atlanta's Trouble & Hope DVD release, Georgia Center for the Book, Decatur, GA. 

Solar Anus Reading, Beep Beep Gallery, Atlanta (with Ben Tanzer).

Launch of Conquering Venus, Outwrite Books, Atlanta.

Conquering Venus reading/signing at Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA. 

Conquering Venus reading/signing, Bound to Be Read Books, Atlanta.

Conquering Venus reading at The Tank, New York, NY.

Voices Carry 6, Sycamore Place Gallery, Decatur GA (with Cecilia Woloch, Karen Head, Bob Wood, Theresa Davis and Kodac Harrison).

Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, readings from My Diva anthology and Conquering Venus

World AIDS Day reading, Horizon School, Atlanta.

Conquering Venus reading at OutCentral/OutLoud Books, Nashville, TN.

Queer Literary Showcase, Bound to Be Read Books, Atlanta.


2010

Creative Loafing Fiction Contest, Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta (judge).

Conquering Venus reading Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA. 

Valentine Poetry Reading, Outwrite Books, Atlanta.

Blended Heritage Festival, Fayette County Public Library, Fayetteville, GA. 

Love Out Loud for Haiti Benefit, First Existentialist, Atlanta.

Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta (host).

Sun and Moon Reading Series, Atlanta (with Mike Dockins and Amy McDaniel).

Conquering Venus reading at The Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD. 

Tallahassee Pridefest, Tallahassee, FL (with Terry Galloway).

Reading/discussion from Slow To Burn at Georgia Tech, Atlanta.

Talking Back to the Muse, Composition Gallery, Atlanta.

Erato Literary Magazine Reading Series, Georgia Teach, Atlanta (with JC Reilly).

Saints & Sinners Literary Festival, New Orleans, LA.

MondoHomo Festival, Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta.

Social media guest lecturer at Worcester College at Oxford University, UK. 

Poetry on Tap, Old Orleans Pub, Cardiff, Wales (with Karen Head).

Hot! Hot! Hot! Poetry Reading, Bound to Be Read Books, Atlanta.

Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA.

An Afternoon with Patti LuPone, Georgia Center for the Book, Decatur, GA (host). 

An Evening of Finishing Line Press Poets, Decatur Library, Decatur, GA. 

Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN. 

Voices Carry, Sycamore Place Gallery, Decatur, GA (with Natasha Trethewey, Cecilia Woloch, M. Ayodele Heath and Patrick Donnelly). 

Workshop for Red Clay Writers Conference, Kennesaw State University.

2011 

Visiting Writers Series, Southern Crescent Technical College, Griffin, GA (with Karen Head).

Call & Response: An Evening of Poetry with Karen Head and Collin Kelley, Georgia Center for the Book, Decatur, GA.

Poetry Out Loud Semi-finals, Emory University & Atlanta History Center, Atlanta (emcee).

Megan Volpert's Sonics in Warholia release party, Sycamore Place Gallery, Decatur, GA. 

Social media master class for Saints & Sinners Literary Festival, New Orleans, LA. 

Howl-A-Thon: A Tribute To Allen Ginsberg, First Existentialist Congregation, Atlanta.

Java Monkey Speaks 10th Anniversary, Decatur, GA.

Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, Atlanta (co-director). 

Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA. 

9/11 Memorial Reading, Bound to Be Read Books, Atlanta (with Cleo Creech, Franklin Abbott, Don Perryman, Rupert Fike, Karen Head, Stephen Wing, Jef Blocker).

Finishing Line Press Reading, Bound To Be Read Books, Atlanta. 

Voices Carry, Rush Center, Atlanta (with Cecilia Woloch, Rupert Fike, Alice Lovelace, Karen Head and Franklin Abbott).

Charis Books Anniversary Event, Atlanta.

Red Clay Writers Conference, Kennesaw State University.

Green Room Actor's Lounge, Atlanta.

World AIDS Day Commemoration, Museum of Design Atlanta (with Lisa Allender and Cleo Creech).


2012

The Last Tango, Outwrite Books, Atlanta.

Remain In Light launch event, Georgia Center for the Book, Decatur, GA.

Blended Heritage Festival, Fayette County Public Library, Fayetteville, GA.

Erato Reading, Georgia Tech Library, Atlanta.

Assaracus: A Celebration of Gay Poetry, Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies, New York, NY.

Rainbow Book Fair, LGBT Community Center, New York, NY.

Friends of the Fayette County Public Library, Fayetteville, GA.

Poetry Out Loud, Atlanta History Center (judge).

Reading from Remain In Light, Bound to Be Read Books, Atlanta.

Townsend Prize Award Ceremony, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta (Finalist for 2012 award for Remain In Light).

Sibling Rivalry Press Showcase, Georgia Center for the Book, Decatur, GA (emcee).

The Poetry In Music, Bound to Be Read Books, Atlanta.

A Face To Meet The Faces Anthology reading, Toco Hills Library, Decatur, GA. 
A Face To Meet The Faces Anthology reading, Bound to Be Read books, Atlanta.

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London, UK. 

Polari Reading Series at Southbank Centre, London, UK. 

Poetry at L'Osteria 57, London, UK. 

Decatur Book Festival, Decatur GA. 

Radio interview on People You Should Know, Blog Talk Radio. 

Voices Carry, Decatur Public Library, Decatur GA (with Cecilia Woloch, Sandra Meek and Alice Lovelace).

LostInTheLetters series, Highland Ballroom, Atlanta.


2013

Blended Heritage Festival, Fayette County Public Library, Fayetteville, GA.

Poetry Out Loud regional finals, Macon GA (emcee).

Clayton State University Reading Series, Morrow GA.

My Atlanta Poetry Slam hosted by Atlanta Hawks, Hard Rock Cafe, Atlanta (judge).

Southern Poetry Anthology Reading, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta.

Render launch at Rainbow Book Fair, New York, NY.

Atlanta Writers Club Reading, Atlanta (with Karen Head).

Southern Crescent College Reading, Griffin, GA (with Karen Head and Theresa Davis).

Southern Poetry Anthology Reading, Georgia Center for the Book, Decatur, GA.

Render launch at Georgia Center for the Book, Decatur, GA.

Bound to Be Read Books, Atlanta (with Theresa Davis).

Java Monkey Speaks Reading, Decatur, GA.

Charis Books & More Reading, Atlanta, GA (with Theresa Davis).

Word for Word Poetry Reading at Bryant Park, New York, NY.

Decatur Book Festival (with Theresa Davis and Kodac Harrison).

Atlanta Pride Reading, Charis Books and More, Atlanta.

Voices Carry, Decatur Library (with Cecilia Woloch, Jessie Carty, Helen Losse and Erica Wright).

Guest lecturer at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (with Theresa Davis).

Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA (with Theresa Davis).

Redondo Poets, Coffee Cartel at Redondo Beach, CA (with Theresa Davis).

Two Idiots Peddling Poetry at The Ugly Mug, Orange, CA (with Theresa Davis & Steven Reigns).

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta (with  Eugene Ellis).

Bound to Be Read Books, Guest Bookseller for Small Business Saturday.

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