The Georgia Review Spring Issue Party with Elly Bookman, Soham Patel, and Cortez Garza


To celebrate its upcoming issue, The Georgia Review will host a reading by Elly Bookman, winner of the fifth annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 25 at Ciné in downtown Athens. Review assistant editor Soham Patel will be the opening reader, and the event will include a musical performance by Sarah Zúñiga. Sponsored by The Georgia Review and the National Endowment for the Arts, the event is free and open to the public. A reception with light refreshments will follow the reading. 

Bookman’s poem “Lesson” was chosen by judge Naomi Shihab Nye and will be published in the forthcoming issue of The Georgia Review. Bookman has also received the first annual Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from the American Poetry Review. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, the American Poetry Review, the Florida Review, and elsewhere. She writes and teaches in her hometown of Atlanta.

Soham Patel joined The Georgia Review in 2018; she works as an assistant editor and manages the book review section. She is the author of four chapbooks of poetry and the full-length collection to afar from afar (Writ Large Press, 2018). Her second book, ever really hear it, winner of the 2017 Subito Prize, will be published in November by Subito Press. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in English from Western Washington University, and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where she served for four years as a poetry editor at cream city review.

Sarah Zúñiga is a New York–born Ecuadorian-Nicaraguan singer-songwriter and guitarist who has made Athens, Georgia, her home. A recent graduate of the University of Georgia, with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, she spent her senior year abroad at the University of Oxford in England. Zúñiga’s shows are like listening to a fun mixtape compiled of deep-felt and catchy folk-rock, coffeehouse, and Latin tunes. She can be found anywhere from packing out Hendershots’ Coffee Bar to playing the Georgia Theatre, taking the stage at Musician’s Corner in Nashville, and performing across pubs in Ireland and England. Reviewing Zúñiga’s recently released debut album, Someday Soon, Gabe Vodicka of Flagpole writes that Zúñiga “serves up seven pleasantly crafted nuggets of melodic folk-pop that rise above typical coffeehouse fodder thanks to Zúñiga’s strong voice and thoughtful arrangements.” In 2017, her single “People Do Crazy Things for Love” was a finalist for the very first annual Vic Chesnutt Award. This year, she was a finalist in the Athens Music Awards in the singer-songwriter category. This past weekend, Zúñiga performed with her full band on the main stage at AthFest. She has also opened up for acts such as Scarlett Stitch, winners of the Georgia Music Awards for Best Rock Band, critically acclaimed Americana singer-songwriter Elliot Bronson, and many more. Recent shows include performances for the 2018 Athens Music Awards ceremony at the historic Morton Theatre. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds of Someday Soon go toward funding the non-profit international organization MADRE, for their goal-specific project to help indigenous women in northern Nicaragua get the tools and education to begin organic sustainable farming within their community.

Ciné, which defines itself as “the only independently operated, mission driven, non-profit, community-based art house movie theatre in the region,” is located at 234 West Hancock Avenue, Athens. In addition to its theaters and event space, it also offers a full bar. 

The Georgia Review, an award-winning literary journal that publishes original poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews, and visual art, was founded at the University of Georgia in 1947.