The Georgia Review‘s Fall Lit Ball & Issue Release Bash

Sharon Olds (Photo credit: Brett Hall)

Join The Georgia Review, University of Georgia Creative Writing Program, University of Georgia Press, Avid Bookshop, and all of your favorite local writers, zine-makers, and literary crusaders for an extremely bookish weekend at the Foundry.

Our line-up includes readings, workshops, panels, activities for children, and a book fair. Among the highlights will be a storytelling workshop by Rabbit Box, music by songwriter Claire Cronin, appearances by poets Stacy Szymaszek and Simone White of NYC’s St Mark’s Poetry Project, and a show-closing reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds, whose work appears in the Fall 2016 issue of The Georgia Review. All events are free and open to the public.

October 7: Foundry Pavilion

7 pm: Reading by Stacy Szymaszek & Simone White, presented by University of Georgia Creative Writing Program

October 8: Foundry Main Stage

10 am: The Literature of Fact: A panel presented by UGA MFA in Narrative Media

11 am: Tips for Making a Story Sing: A Rabbit Box workshop

12 pm: Avid Bookshop 5th Anniversary Reading with fiction writer Julia Elliott, author of The New and Improved Romie Futch

1 pm: #BlackLivesMatter: Verses & Vocals presented by Ricky Simone: The Hip Hop Activist

2 pm: The Best of Athens Word of Mouth Open Mic Series Reading

3 pm: Small Press Reading hosted by Gina Abelkop of Birds of Lace Press

4 pm: Nonfiction writer Kate Sweeney, author of American Afterlife, presented by University of Georgia Press

5 pm: NYC’s St Mark’s Poetry Project Turns 50: A conversation with Stacy Szymaszek and Simone White, presented by University of Georgia Creative Writing Program

6 pm BREAK

7 pm Music by Claire Cronin

8 pm Fall 2016 Issue-Release Reading by Bianca Stone & Sharon Olds, presented by The Georgia Review

October 8: Foundry Courtyard

11 am–1 pm: Poet & You Know It! (writing activities and book arts for kids)

3–5 pm: Zine-Making 101, a workshop with Prosper Hedges of TINKYPUSS

All-Day Book Fair featuring 7×7 LA, 421 Atlanta, Avid Bookshop, Birds of Lace Press, Bloom Books & Jellyfish Magazine, Deluge, Jellyfish Highway Press, Muse/A, Publishing Genius Press, Radioactive Moat Press, Stillpoint Literary Magazine at UGA, Smokey Road Press, TINKYPUSS, UGA Printmaking and Book Arts, University of Georgia Press, and The Wanderer.

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This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.