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Summer Poetry Reading Series at Hendershots June 19-20, 24-26

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Five of the top poets in Georgia will read and discuss the poetic craft during the third annual Seat in the Shade: A Poetry Reading Series June 19-20 and 24-26 at Hendershots in downtown Athens.

The series, which was founded and is hosted by Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, a professor of language and literacy education at the University of Georgia College of Education, will feature poets on June 19 and 20 at 5 p.m.; and June 24-26 at 7 p.m. The finale on Thursday, June 26 titled, "Poetry by and for Educators: Readings from the Collective," will feature UGA educators and students. Hendershots is located at 237 Prince Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Cahnmann-Taylor developed the summer poetry reading series two years ago in conjunction with her Advanced Poetry for Educators graduate class.

Here is a brief description of each featured poet:

Thursday, June 19 - Thomas Lux

Thomas Lux's most recent books are Child Made of Sand and From the Southland. Bloodaxe Books will publish his Selected Poems in the UK in fall 2014. He is the Bourne Professor of Poetry and director of the McEver Visiting Writers Program at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Friday, June 20 - Sandra Meek

Sandra Meek is the author of four books of poems, Road Scatter _(2012), _Biogeography, winner of the Dorset Prize (2008), Burn (2005), and Nomadic Foundations (2002), as well as a chapbook, The Circumference of Arrival (2001). Her fifth book of poems, An Ecology of Elsewhere, will be published in 2015. She is also the editor of an anthology, Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad (2007), which received a 2008 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal. Her poems have appeared in_ The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry, Conjunctions,_ and_ The Iowa Review._ A recipient of a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, she has twice been awarded Georgia Author of the Year, in 2006 for Burn, and in 2003 for Nomadic Foundations, which also was awarded the Peace Corps Writers Award in Poetry. Meek served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Manyana, Botswana, 1989-91. She is a co-founding editor of Ninebark Press, director of the Georgia Poetry Circuit, poetry editor of the Phi Kappa Phi Forum, and Dana Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College.

Tuesday, June 24 - Katie Chaple and Travis Denton

Katie Chaple is editor of_ Terminus Magazine_ and teaches writing at the University of West Georgia. Her poems have recently appeared in such journals as 32 Poems, Antioch Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Poet Lore, Southern Poetry Review, and others. Katie recently won Southern Humanities Review's Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award for poetry.

Travis Wayne Denton is a 2014 McEver Visiting Chair in Writing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the associate director of Poetry @ Tech and editor of Terminus Magazine. His poems have appeared in such journals as The Greensboro Review, Rattle, The South Carolina Review, The Baltimore Review, and many others. His work will also be featured in the upcoming anthology Evensong: Contemporary American Poems of Spirituality. He is a two-time nominee for the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry Magazine, winner of a poetry prize from the Tulane Review and a writing award from Agnes Scott College Writer's Festival. His latest manuscript is Leaving the Body Behind.

Wednesday, June 25 - Cherryl T. Cooley

Cooley is a poet and playwright whose work explores themes of family, identity, womanism, myth and folklore, Southern culture, iconism, fidelity/infidelity, intersections of personal and public history and love. She has been published in numerous publications and anthologies, including Poetry, Essence magazine and North Carolina Literary Review. _She has published three collections of poems: _Utterance: A Museology of Kin (2003), Chops (2005) and Exquisite Heats (2008) Thursday, June 26 - Poetry by and for Educators – Readings from the Collective.

The series concludes with a night of readings from UGA educators and poets led by Cahnmann-Taylor.

Cahnmann-Taylor is program chair of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and World Language Education at UGA. She was a 2013-14 Fulbright Scholar in Oaxaca, Mexico, and is writing a book about Americans moving to Mexico and becoming Spanish-English bilinguals. She received the 2014 Post-Secondary Leadership Award from the Foreign Language Association of Georgia, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, and she has authored two books, Teachers Act Up: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities Through Theatre and_ Arts-Based Research in Education._


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