Yes, JAMIE ALLEN
has published a collection of short stories (The Horrible Humour
, which you probably haven't read), and he's an occasional CL
columnist, but Allen's real claim to fame is his zany, irreverent "Very First" series of pseudo-literary events. The series brought in Neal Pollack for a freaky reading outside Criminal Records that even a little rainstorm couldn't squash, and has also hosted a reading / music / dance show in conjunction with the Atlanta Film Festival. In a city known for its literary apathy, it's refreshing to see someone put on programming for a crowd not
collecting Social Security.