Today: Denise Duhamel at Emory!

Duhamel reads tonight at Emory University.  The reading starts at 8pm in the multipurpose room at Few Hall. Parking is available in the Peavine Lot. To get to Few Hall, turn left out of Peavine and walk along Eagle Row, passing the Greek houses. Few Hall is the second dorm on your right at the end of the Greek houses.

In other news, the Limp Wrist sponsored workshop will not take place on Friday.  (Blame the economy!)


Stonewall Reading on 6/27/09

The Atlanta Queer Literary Festival and the Special Collections Department of the Atlanta-Fulton County Library are the forces behind a 6/27 reading paying tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The schedule is below.

First Section (10 a.m. – noon)
Franklin Abbott (host)
Patrique Vosges
Bob Strain
Guerin Asante
Larry Corse
Lakara Foster
Alice Teeter
Deb/ra Hiers

Second Section (noon – 2 p.m.)
Collin Kelley (host)
Megan Volpert
Theresa Davis
Yolo Akili
Lisa Allender
Elliott Mackle
Kristyl Dawn Tift
Dustin Brookshire

Third Section (2 – 4:30 p.m.)
Reginald Jackson (host)
Donovan Brown
Karen G
Jessica Hand
Stanley Fong
Robin Kemp
Cleo Creech
KenJ Martin
Queen Sheba

Doing The Poetry Thing in Savannah on 5/16/09

On 5/16/09, I am going to chat with some students and do a reading in beautiful and historic Savannah, Georgia.

Whenever I chat it up with students, I like to give them a packet of poems at the end of our poetry fiesta. (This is in addition to whatever poems we might be discussing in workshop/poetry chatter time.) I call it my “poems just for fun packet.” This year I am including:
“The Invisible Intruder” by Katie Chaple
“Love Poem” by David Trinidad
“Preference” by Beth Gylys
“My Savior in the Form of a Bus” by Beth Gylys
“Barcelona, City of the Sad Divas” by Charles Jensen
“Helen of Troy Does Counter Dancing” by Margaret Atwood
“Fourteen” by C. Dale Young
“What Do Women Want?” by Kim Addonizio
“The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver
“Malleus Maleficarum” by Maureen Seaton
“Malleus Maleficarum 2” by Maureen Seaton
“Cher” by Dorianne Laux
“Such A Thing” by Denise Duhamel”
“The Great Divide” by Dara Wier
“Twisted, Fucked-Up, Poor Excuse” by Dara Wier
“Garage Sale” by Laure-Anne Bosselaar

Here’s the press release for the event, written by the lovely Mary Chi-Whi Kim
Poet/Editor Dustin Brookshire features at Metro Cafe

Savannah, GA- On Saturday, May 16, 5-7 pm, celebrated poet and editor Dustin Brookshire will feature for a special reading/open mic event organized and hosted by local poet, Mary C. Kim. The yet cozy Metro Cafe located at 402 Martin Luther King Boulevard has become the favorite of locals and students both.

Dustin Brookshire is an Atlanta-based poet and activist. His work has appeared in Subtle Tea, Ocho, Ouroboros Review, Qarrtiluni, and more. Dustin is the proud founder of Limp Wrist, Quarrel, and Project Verse. When you wake up each morning, he wants you to ponder the words of Mary Oliver, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do/ with your one wild and precious life?”

Winner of a 2006 Atlanta Review International Merit Award in Poetry, Mary C. Kim has published in The New York Times Magazine and various literary journals, and won two poem commissions from The Ohio State University’s Multicultural Center. She has authored Silken Purse, a poetry chapbook published by Pudding House Press. Her multi-genre self-help book, Karma Suture, garnered an Honorable Mention in the 2007 Writers’ Digest International Books Contest.

Co-organizer of one of Savannah’s first community-based Asian American literary events in 2005, she states, “Savannah enjoys few literary events celebrating the key roles of GBLT community members in the arts. I am proud to spotlight these and other artists in our community.”

For information on Dustin Brookshire, visit; For information on Metro Cafe, visit

Back From an Unwanted Internet Break

I’m recovering from internet withdrawals, which technically shouldn’t be the case since I have limited internet access via my phone.

My laptop battery decided to take a permanent vaction a few weeks ago. At first, it wasn’t to big of a pain;however, when my charger decided to go on permanent strike I found myself in a computer-less situation.

Then when the computer issue was solved I had issues with internet access. Now everything is up and running. I’m going through blog withdrawals. All kinds of updates I need/want to check out.

Mentioning updates… please read and share the information below:


OCTOBER 24 – 28
To mark Gay and Lesbian History Month
the Special Collections Department
of the Atlanta/Fulton County Central Library
will sponsor the first annual
Atlanta GLBTQ Literary Festival

Wednesday Evening, October 24th, 7:30
Festival Kick Off and Open Mic
Hosted by Megan Volpert
Lammy Award winning poet Jim Elledge
and author and activist Maria Helena Dolan
Ponce de Leon Library Branch
980 Ponce de Leon
Come early and explore the branch’s extensive
GLBTQ collection and sign up for the open mic.

Thursday Evening, October 25th, 6:30 -8:00
Full Moon Celebration and Fundraiser
for Charis Books and More
The Solarium
321 West Hill St., Decatur
Bring a donation to support Atlanta’s 32 year old
feminist women’s bookstore.
Please RSVP @ 404-524-0304

Friday Afternoon, October 26th, 4 – 6
Southern Voice Offices
1075 Zonolite Road
A chance to meet your favorite writers and staff
at Atlanta’s award winning GLBTQ newspaper.

Friday Evening, October 26th, 7:30
Festival Opening
Central Library Auditorium
hosted by Festival Director
Franklin Abbott
Award winning writer and playwright Jim Grimsley
Poet and long time community activist Sharon J. Sanders
the Art Amok Slam Team featuring Theresa Davis and Karen G
Award winning filmmaker Parthiban Shanmugam
presenting his short documentary on the sacred rituals
of India’s transgendered people

Saturday, October 27th, 10:30 -12:20 and 2:00 -4:30

Featured Readers Series
co-hosted by Robin Kemp, Dustin Brookshire and Franklin Abbott
Central Library Auditorium
among the poets and writers who will be reading are
Collin Kelley, Lisa Allender, Cleo Creech, Debbie Fraker
Reginald Jackson, Craig Washington, Stanley Fong
Debra Hiers, Alice Teeter, Donna Jo Smith, Larry Corse
Megan Volpert, Clayton Benedict, Jessica Hand

Sunday Morning, October 28th, 11 to 12
Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeeshop
present poets
Antron-Rechaud Brown and Corey Green
hosted by Cleo Creech and Franklin Abbott
Sunday Afternoon, 2 – 4:30
Festival Closing
Central Library Auditorium
Author and playwright Rebecca Ranson
will be honored
with readings from her works
including her groundbreaking play about AIDS
and an acoustic concert of original songs
Melanie Hammet
and Angela Motter


For more information please call
Festival Director Franklin Abbott
or Richard Cruse
AFPL Special Collections Director
404-730-1941 or 404-730-1896