Hosted by Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, a professor in the University of Georgia College of Education, the weekly readings kick off Wednesday, July 11, and continues July 18 and 25. The final performance takes place Thursday, July 26, with a special reading by Cahnmann-Taylor and student poets who attend the readings as part of a class. Readings take place 5-7 p.m. at Hendershots Coffee, 237 Prince Ave., Athens.
The poetry event began six years ago in conjunction with Cahnmann-Taylor's summer poetry class that encourages students—often Georgia teachers pursuing a graduate degree—to think outside the box in their writing.
**July 18: Sabrina Orah Mark, Life the Griot **
Sabrina Orah Mark is the author of the poetry collections The Babies and Tsim Tsum. Her collection of stories, Wild Milk, will be published by Dorothy in 2018. Mark’s awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. She has taught at Agnes Scott College, University of Georgia, Rutgers University, University of Iowa, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Goldwater Hospital and throughout the New York City and Iowa Public School Systems. She lives in Athens with her husband, Reginald McKnight, and their two sons.
Lemuel “Life the Griot” LaRoche is internationally renowned for his poetry and spoken word, which he uses as a tool for empowerment, reconditioning, and community outreach. He is the author of two books, Tree of Life: The Human Ascension and Hidden Ripples: Life’s Unspoken Language. Life holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia. Life is the founder and executive director of Chess and Community Conference, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth empowerment organization dedicated to developing strategic leadership skills in young people. He was listed as one of Athens’ exceptional community leaders in 2013 and his organization has been featured in Georgia Magazine. He is the recent recipient of the President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award, an award developed to honor those of the Athens and University of Georgia community who have dedicated their lives to carrying out the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. View his Ted Talk.
This year's series is supported by grants from the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission's Arts In Community program as well as a Literary Events Grant from the Georgia Writers Association.
237 Prince Ave.
Athens, GA 30601