Co-edited by Megan Sexton and Georgia poet laureate David Bottoms, the Five Points Literary Journal is published three times a year and includes poetry, essays. fiction, interviews and artwork. One of the issue's centerpieces is the trio of poems by Andrea Carter Brown, the journal's most recent James Dickey Prize for Poetry winner. Brown's “Cloud Studies: Hudson River School – Homage to Constable,” “Ars Poetica – After 9/11,” and “In the Desert” are pieces of a larger manuscript titled September 12, the poet's reckoning with September 11 that included a cross-continental move from her "contaminated home a block from the WTC" to Southern California following the attack. Brown discusses her inspiration for the series in a blog post for Five Points.
Tonight, the publication partners with local arts nonprofit Possible Futures for a spring issue release party at Inman Park's Whitespace Gallery. Watel, along with other Georgia-based contributors Gregory Fraser and Anya Silver will read and former Atlantan Chris Verene, whose photographs are featured in the issue, will give a musical performance.
More info on the writers and event details after the jump.
From the press release:
Chris Verene—One of the very few Atlanta artists featured in a Whitney Biennial in the past 20 years, Verene is best known for his ongoing photo series featuring family and friends in his native Galesburg, Illinois. The new issue of Five Points features the latest installment of this work, which received this glowing review from Jason Francisco when it was shown at Marcia Wood Gallery in 2010.
Now based in Brooklyn, Verene was a founder of the Cabbagetown-based Rock*A*Teens in the mid 1990s, and he continues to pursue musical interests in addition to photography and performance work.
Anya Silver—Silver received her PhD in Literature from Emory University and now teaches at Mercer University in Macon. Her debut collection of poems, The Ninety-Third Name of God (2010), was called a “bittersweet” book that “verges on prayer” by New York Times reviewer Dana Jennings. The collection addresses her struggle with breast cancer. Silver will be reading selections from her new book of poems.
Gregory Fraser—The author of two poetry collections, Strange Pieta (2003) and Answering the Ruins (2009), Fraser teaches at the University of West Georgia. Fraser’s first collection dealt extensively with his relationship with his brother Jonathan, who was born with spina bifida, and cultural standards of normalcy. Fraser is a two-time finalist for the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets.
Laurie Watel—A resident of Decatur, Watel earned her PhD from Emory University in Women’s Studies with a focus on film. Her story “Giveaway” is part of a book of loosely connected stories that all include babies. The book is set in Atlanta.
Five Points: A Journal of Literature & Art Release Party: Free. Thurs., April 19, 7-9 p.m. Whitespace Gallery, 814 Edgewood. 404-688-1892. www.fivepoints.gsu.edu.
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