Monday, March 04, 2013

Short Takes

In an article for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Charles Seabrook calls the new NATURAL COMMUNITIES OF GEORGIA book "magnificent" and names the three leading authors--Leslie Edwards, Jonathan Ambrose, and L. Katherine Kirkman--as "three of Georgia's top naturalists."

Kyle Dargan, author of three collections of poetry, LOGORRHEA DEMENTIA, BOUQUET OF HUNGERS, and THE LISTENING, was featured on WFIU reading and discussing his work on "The Poet's Weave." On February 18, he was also featured on the Academy of American Poets website that day's Poem-a-Day.

In the Huff Post Green blog, Fabio Parasecoli discusses Alison Hope Alkon's new book, BLACK, WHITE, AND GREEN in his post, "The Green Economy and Race: Another Side of Farmers' Markets." "[Alison Hope Alkon] reminds us that things can change -- as long as we keep on asking ourselves who is producing our food, who is selling it, who is able to buy what and, ultimately, who gains."

Frank X Walker's appointment as Kentucky's poet laureate continues to make headlines. BET has a story about how he is the first black poet laureate in Kentucky, as well as the youngest. Media Working Group has a video available on Vimeo that profiles Affrilachian Poets (a term Walker created), including Walker and Nikki Finney.

COAL BLACK VOICES from Media Working Group on Vimeo.

Earlier this spring, Idra Novey read in Florida Atlantic University's Visiting Writers Series. She spoke to a creative class that read her book, EXIT, CIVILIAN. The class is a prison writing class that works with female inmates at a nearby correctional facility. Novey was excited to speak to the students, since she wrote EXIT, CIVILIAN as a young writer working with incarcerated women.
Idra Novey (center) at the FAU Visiting Writers Series event.
On February 27, FLUSH TIMES AND FEVER DREAMS author Joshua D. Rothman spoke at the University of Georgia about his new book.
Joshua D. Rothman at the Miller Learning Center at UGA.
The April issue of the National Geographic Traveler lists Oakland Cemetery as one of the "must-see" destinations on a trip to Atlanta. Before you go, make sure to get a copy of ATLANTA'S OAKLAND CEMETERY to help you plot your trip.