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Logo for The Big Read Celebrate the works of Edgar Allan Poe all month during "Poe-tober" in Athens, Georgia. Official activities begin Oct. 4 at the State Botanical Garden and end on All Soul's Day, Nov. 1, at the Georgia Museum of Art. Almost all events are free and will engage readers of all ages. Book prizes and bookmarks will be given out at events.

Special announcement! Submissions for the Poe-tober Juried Art Exhibition are due (by email) by 8 p.m. Sept. 11. See full details on the ACC Library's website.


Support for this event comes from a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts along with the Athens-Clarke County Library, the Willson Center, Rose of Athens Theatre, the Last Resort Grill, and the Georgia Museum of Art.

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About the Organizer

Melisa "Misha" Cahnmann-Taylor is Professor of TESOL and World Language Education at the University of Georgia. She is the 2015 winner of the Beckman Award for Professors Who Inspire, a 2013-14 Fulbright Award (Oaxaca, Mexico), Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes and a Leeway Poetry Grant. Cahnmann-Taylor is the author of three books, "Imperfect Tense" (poems) (2016); "Teachers Act Up: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities Through Theatre" (2010); and "Arts-Based Research in Education" (2008). You may also follow her blog.

The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.