How exactly does one celebrate poetry? You could homebrew a batch of dandelion wine that Whitman liked to sip on. You could smoke opium and page through some Coleridge. You could shake up a Gertrude Stein cocktail and have a couple friends listen to you read aloud from Tender Buttons. (The Paper Cuts blog has a nice list of literary cocktails, if that's your thing.) You could even try to party like the late Jim Carroll, though we can't exact condone that.
While substance abuse certainly seems like a pretty good way to celebrate poetry, it wouldn't be bad idea to mix it up with a few other options. Atlanta's got you covered - poets will be reading around town all month long.
Tues., April 6: Tonight at Oglethorpe University's art museum, Karen Head, Blake LeLand, Robert Wood and JC Reilly will read selections from their work. Bound to be Read Books recently cut a video with Head reading from her collection Sassing. The reading begins at 7:30 pm. More details at Oglethorpe
Wed., April 14: Continuing with the cocktails and poetry theme, James May and Chris "Cocktails" Cornell will read in the library of the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. May is the journal editor of GSU's New South literary magazine. Reading begins at 8 pm. $5 at the door or $3 for students/seniors/members. More details at Callanwolde.
Thurs., April 15: Terrance Hayes will read at GSU's Troy Moore Library at 7 pm. Hayes' latest collection of poetry, Lighthead, was just released by Penguin. This video from Pop City and Ambulantic is a good introduction to his career.
Fri., April 16: Whitespace Gallery continues their Ready Set Readings series with Kostas Anagnopoulos. As with previous readings in the series, a letter-pressed chapbook created for the reading will be given away to attendees. Reading begins at 8 pm. More details at Whitespace.
Sat., April 17: Poetry Atlanta and Composition Gallery are teaming up for what might be the most exciting event of National Poetry Month in Atlanta. Talking Back to the Muse will feature local poets reading a "classic poem" and following with a response of their own. The line-up is massive: Alice Lovelace, Kodac Harrison, Chelsea Rathburn, Jon Goode, Bill Taft, Theresa Davis, Collin Kelly, Bruce Covey, Beth Gylys, Dan Veech, Megan Volpert, Franklin Abbott, Christine Swint, Rupert Fike, Jamie Iredell, Karen Head, Mr. Funn, Bob Wood, Tania Rochelle, Cleo Creech, Marissa McNamara, Mike Dockins, Ginger Murchison, James May, JC Reilly, Amy Pence, Robin Kemp, Marshall Gillson, Michael Diebert and Alice Teeter are all scheduled to read. The reading begins at 8 pm. More details at Poetry Atlanta.
Thurs., April 22: Emory's Theater Lab at the Schwartz Performing Arts Center will host Cristiana Baik, Joseph Wood, and Daniela Olszewska. The reading begins at 8 pm. Details at Emory.
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