Sep
30
6:00 PM18:00

Case Studies

Join your host Winston Blake Wheeler Ward as three of Atlanta's best writers take the stage to read their work, discuss their process, and answer audience questions!

Your readers this month:

Adjoa Danso

Nicolas Tecosky

Amanda Avutu

Kavarna

707 E Lake Dr, Decatur, Georgia 30030

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Oct
7
6:00 PM18:00

History Vs. Women + Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy

Join Charis and Agnes Scott College for an action packed evening celebrating the release of History vs Women: The Defiant Lives that They Don't Want You to Know by Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian and co-author Ebony Adams AND Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space by hometown heros and hosts of our favorite feminist podcast, Unladylike, Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin.

Anita, Ebony, Cristen, and Caroline invite you to a live "Unladylike" podcast conversation about the history of some of the unremembered women Anita and Ebony profile in History Vs. Women and discuss how to practice the "practical hell-raising" that Caroline and Cristen advocate in their book, Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space.

This is will be a rowdy, unruly and definitely unladylike conversation for feminists of all genders and all ages who want to learn more of our unwritten histories and more about how to be the kind of person who changes history in small and powerful ways each and every day.

This is event takes place at Gaines Chapel at Agnes Scott College. To guarantee a seat/admission you must purchase a ticket/book bundle with either a copy of History Vs. Women or Unladylike via this Eventbrite link. (Please don't simply buy a book from our website and think you have a ticket, we need you to go through the eventbrite page to make sure we have reserved your seat!). One ticket gets you a copy of the book you selected and a seat in the reserved seating area upon arrival to the venue. Both books will be available for purchase in the lobby at the event should you wish to buy multiple copies. You do not have to buy a ticket to attend the event but it is likely to sell out and we cannot guarantee seating without a ticket. Agnes Scott Students are especially encouraged to attend. Both books will *also* be available for purchase in the lobby. Books bought with ticket will be available for pick up at the event and Books not picked up will be held for week at store (1189 Euclid Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307) following the event.

All authors will sign books immediately following the reading.

Free parking is available in the parking deck across the street from Gaines Chapel. The venue is wheelchair accessible. ASL interpretation available upon request. Please email info@chariscircle.org to request.

This is a Charis Circle Founding the Future of Feminism Event and we will pass the hat for a suggested donation for our non-profit, Charis Circle of $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

About History Vs. Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You to Know

Rebels, rulers, scientists, artists, warriors and villains

Women are, and have always been, all these things and more.

Looking through the ages and across the globe, Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency, along with Ebony Adams PHD, have reclaimed the stories of twenty-five remarkable women who dared to defy history and change the world around them. From Mongolian wrestlers to Chinese pirates, Native American ballerinas to Egyptian scientists, Japanese novelists to British Prime Ministers, History vs Women will reframe the history that you thought you knew.

Featuring beautiful full-color illustrations of each woman and a bold graphic design, this standout nonfiction title is the perfect read for teens (or adults!) who want the true stories of phenomenal women from around the world and insight into how their lives and accomplishments impacted both their societies and our own.

Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Best known as the creator and host of Feminist Frequency’s highly influential series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, Anita lectures at universities, conferences and game development studios around the world. Anita dreams of owning a life-size replica of Buffy’s scythe. She is the coauthor of History vs Women.

Ebony Adams, PhD, is an author, activist, and former college educator whose work highlights the lives and work of black women in the diaspora. She lives in Los Angeles with a steadily increasing collection of Doctor Who memorabilia. She writes widely on film criticism, social justice, and pop culture, and is the coauthor of History vs Women.

Born under the Brixton sun in London, England, artist T. S. Abe is a graduate of Central Saint Martins University of the Arts. Her drawings have been featured on album covers, in exhibitions, on a London bus, and in History vs. Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You to Know.

About: Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space

A funny, fact-driven, and illustrated field guide to how to live a feminist life in today's world, from the hosts of the hit Unladylike podcast.

Get ready to get unladylike with this field guide to the what's, why's, and how's of intersectional feminism and practical hell-raising. Through essential, inclusive, and illustrated explorations of what patriarchy looks like in the real world, authors and podcast hosts Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin blend wild histories, astounding stats, social justice principles, and self-help advice to connect where the personal meets political in our bodies, brains, booty calls, bank accounts, and other confounding facets of modern woman-ing and nonbinary-ing. By laying out the uneven terrain of double-standards, head games, and handouts patriarchy has manspread across society for ages, Unladylike is here to unpack our gender baggage and map out the space that's ours to claim.

Cristen Conger is a former senior staff writer and host for HowStuffWorks.com and co-creator of the hit podcast Stuff Mom Never Told You. She is a contributing writer for Refinery29, and her writing has appeared on Jezebel, Huffington Post Women, MSNBC, and ABC News.

Caroline Ervin is a podcast host and former editor at HowStuffWorks.com. She has a journalism background and researches and speaks on issues of sexuality, health, history, and pop culture--all through the lens of feminism and gender. Their new podcast, Unladylike, launched in Janaury 2018 as part of Midroll Media's Earwolf network.

Tyler Feder is an illustrator and comedy writer. She has illustrated for Netflix, Comedy Central, and ESPN, and her work has been featured in Glamour and Brigitte magazines.

Presser Hall Bldg

141 E. College Ave, Decatur, Georgia 30030

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Oct
9
8:00 PM20:00

The Story Collider: Relief

In life, tension and failure are inevitable – it’s how we deal with adversity that transforms us. Join our tellers as they share true, personal stories exploring how they’ve navigated failure, jealousy, and redemption, and found peace in unexpected places. From the science of napping to the dazzling images from the Hubble telescope, join us as we explore how our tellers found relief.

Stories by:
Tricia Hersey
Nusaiba Baker
Sarah Fankhauser
Alison Hastings
Mike Evans

Highland Inn & Ballroom Lounge

644 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306

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Oct
15
8:00 PM20:00

Bleux Stockings Society, Volume 20: Attraction

**THIS IS A SAFE SPACE SHOW -- EVENT IS OPEN TO CIS WOMEN, TRANS WOMEN AND NON-BINARY PEOPLE

The Bleux Stockings Society is a monthly live literature show featuring cis/trans women and non-binary people. The theme is announced in advance and the pieces that best fit the theme are chosen. Each performer gets 5-7 minutes to read their piece.

$10 Cover -- a portion of the proceeds will go to charity.

The theme this month is ATTRACTION.

***October's show is open to cis/trans women and non-binary people. We operate on the honor system, so if you're a cis-man, we respectfully request that you attend our public shows only. We hope to see you at our next one!

For more information on what we're all about, please check out our FAQ.

THIS MONTH:

TBA

THE NITTY GRITTY:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15TH

HIGHLAND BALLROOM

DOORS AT 8, SHOW AT 8:30

$10 COVER

ADULTS ONLY, PLEASE

Highland Inn & Ballroom Lounge

644 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306

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Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Then What: Live Lit Opening Show

Join us for the inaugural show of the new live literature series at The Bakery, ‘Then What.’ This month’s theme is GHOST STORIES! This show will feature a line-up of local writers, poets, producers, comedians, and storytellers:

- Theresa Davis

- Jon Carr has been a part of the Dad's Garage cast for more than 10 years, he loves performing and being the Marketing Director there. He founded United Atlanta Improv and has helped improv theatres around the city come together through collaborative works. He has appeared in a number of Dad’s Garage shows such as: Cannibal! The Musical, The Dad’s Garage Going Out of Business Show, and Democracy Achieved as well as written the plays The Wrath of Con and Black Nerd.

- Miranda Hawkins

- Olive Lynch is a comedian, actor, and foster parent to half a dog. She’s appeared on Vice’s FLOPHOUSE and in festivals like Crom, Sweetwater 420 Fest, and THE FEST which were chill, rad, and tight (respectively). Olive produces several shows in Atlanta, and tries not to cry more than once a fiscal quarter.

- Charles Parrott works in Department of Theatre & Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University where his teaching focuses on storytelling, performance art, and the performance of identity. He is the director of the KSU Tellers, a nationally recognized student storytelling troupe that performs at festivals and conferences around the country. Charles has performed around at Atlanta with Deer Bear Wolf, Case Studies, and Write Club, in addition to directing several successful performances for the Atlanta Fringe Festival. When he is not teaching storytelling, he spends time reading stories to his two adorable children.

- Avery Sharpe

- Christina Schmitt is a poet based in Atlanta, GA. She is a graduate student at Emory studying Theology and Ethics and was a member of the 2018 Art Amok Slam Team that won group piece finals at the National Poetry Slam. Her writing reflects her interest in literature, feminism, and theology. She is a semi-pro dodge ball player, is allergic to coffee, and has lied twice to you already in this bio. Feel free to ask her if you actually care.

- Amber Hamilton

- TBA 

This is the first in what we hope will be an ongoing series with quarterly curated literature events and monthly open mics with invited features. Let's start strong so we can keep it running!

Suggested donation of $10, all donations go directly to this month's featured writers

Cash/Credit Bar 

Hosted by Maddie Fay, a co-production with Amanda Norris and The Bakery.

The Bakery Atlanta

825 Warner St, Atlanta, Georgia 30310

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Oct
21
8:00 PM20:00

Java Monkey Speaks features Nate Mask

This week, let's kick off the birthday festivities for Nate Mask!

Java Monkey loves Nate Mask!

Hosted by Theresa Davis

The list goes up 7:30is, this event is free.

Show starts at 8pm

We pass the hat for out of town features.

No hate speech, homophobia, sexism, racism or general fuckery.

Come on through listen to poetry and music, have a sandwich, a coffee, or a piece of pie!

Java Monkey Speaks Every Sunday Night!

Java Monkey

425 Church St, Decatur, Georgia 30030

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Sep
15
to Sep 16

Java Monkey Speaks features Michael Harriot

Michael Harriot is a writer, poet and host of the popular podcast “The Black One.”

Michael Harriot is a veteran journalist with publications such as The Washington Post, Newsweek and Politico. His witty and insightful writing has made him one of the internet’s most read black writers, appearing on sites from Deadspin and Ebony to Very Smart Brothas. His digital magazine NegusWhoRead is a source for unapologetic commentary. Earlier this year, Michael became the full-time feature writer at The Root.

As a poet, Michael travels the country sharing unique brand of spoken word with audiences for more than 10 years. Aside from “The Black One” podcast, he also co-hosts the Game of Thrones review show “Dem Thrones.” 

Michael Harriot earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication at Auburn University and went on to earn a Master’s in International Business from Florida State University. 

Hosted by Theresa Davis
The list goes up 7:30is, this event is free.
Show starts at 8pm
We pass the hat for out of town features.
No hate speech, homophobia, sexism, racism or general fuckery.
Come on through listen to poetry and music, have a sandwich, a coffee, or a piece of pie!
Java Monkey Speaks Every Sunday Night!

Java Monkey

425 Church St, Decatur, Georgia 30030

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Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

Lauren Groff Takes Us To Florida

National Book Award finalist Lauren Groff (Fates and Furies) returns with a dazzling collection of stories set in her home state, Florida. On Friday, June 8, at 7 p.m. Groff presents her new book before a live audience at the lovely Midtown Atlanta theater, SCADshow. A book signing will follow. 

This is a ticketed event. Tickets include a first edition copy of Florida.

ABOUT THE BOOK
The bold new book from the celebrated New York Times-bestselling author of Fates and Furies. 

"Lauren Groff is a writer of rare gifts." --The New York Times Book Review

In her vigorous and moving new book, Lauren Groff brings her electric storytelling and intelligence to a world in which storms, snakes, and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater threats and mysteries are of a human, emotional, and psychological nature. Among those navigating it all are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple, a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character -- a steely and conflicted wife and mother. 

The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida -- its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind -- becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time. With shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury -- the moments that make us alive. Startling, precise, and affecting, Florida is a magnificent achievement.


SCADshow
173 14th Street Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia 30309

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Jun
3
5:00 PM17:00

PAMELA DRUCKERMAN, THERE ARE NO GROWN-UPS: A MIDLIFE COMING OF AGE STORY

The bestselling author of Bringing Up Bébé investigates life in her forties, and wonders whether her mind will ever catch up with her face. When Pamela Druckerman turns 40, waiters start calling her "Madame," and she detects a new message in mens' gazes: I would sleep with her, but only if doing so required no effort whatsoever. 

Yet forty isn't even technically middle-aged anymore. And there are upsides: after a lifetime of being clueless, Druckerman can finally grasp the subtext of conversations, maintain (somewhat) healthy relationships, and spot narcissists before they ruin her life. 

Internationally bestselling author and New York Times contributor Pamela Druckerman leads us on a quest for wisdom, self-knowledge, and the right pair of pants. A witty dispatch from the front lines of the forties, There Are No Grown-Ups is a (midlife) coming-of-age story—and a book for anyone trying to find their place in the world. 

Pamela Druckerman is an American author and journalist based in Paris who writes about parenting, politics, and daily life. Her latest book, There Are No Grown-Ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story, is a memoir and guide to being in your forties. Bringing Up Bébé (called French Children Don't Throw Food in the U.K.) is an international bestseller that has been translated into 27 languages. Pamela won a 2017 Emmy for the documentary The Forger and covered Latin America for The Wall Street Journal. Since 2013 she's been a Contributing Opinion Writer at The New York Times.

Admission for all lectures is $10 for general public, $5 for members, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted.

Margaret Mitchell House
979 Crescent Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

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May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Joseph Crespino Reading from Atticus Finch: A Biography

In his new book, Emory professor and historian Joseph Crespino delves into the fiction of Harper Lee to reveal the evolving racial politics of her times. After his talk, Crespino will sign copies of his book, which we will have available for sale at the Carter Library. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
441 Freedom Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

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May
7
8:00 PM20:00

JOHN SEDGWICK, BLOOD MOON Reading/ Q and A

Blood Moon is the story of the century-long blood feud between two rival Cherokee chiefs from the early years of the United States through the infamous Trail of Tears and into the Civil War. While little remembered today, their mutual hatred shaped the tragic history of the tribe far more than anyone, even the reviled President Andrew Jackson, ever did. In this epic saga, John Sedgwick brings to life an untold chapter of American history through the relationship between one chief called The Ridge, a fearsome warrior who spoke no English but whose exploits on the battlefield were legendary, and John Ross, who was the Cherokees’ primary chief for nearly forty years, yet displayed the Scottish side of his mixed-blood heritage and spoke not a word of Cherokee.

To protect their sacred landholdings from American encroachment, these two men negotiated with almost every American president from George Washington through Abraham Lincoln. At first friends and allies, they broke on the subject of Removal, breeding an enmity that lead to a bloody civil war within Cherokee Nation that culminated in the two factions battling each other in the War Between the States. Dramatic, far-reaching, and unforgettable, Blood Moon paints a portrait of these two inspirational leaders who worked together to lift their people to the height of culture and learning as the most civilized tribe in the nation, and then drop them to the depths of ruin and despair as they turned against each other. Theirs is a story of land, pride, honor, and loss that forms much of the country’s mythic past today.

John Sedgwick is the bestselling author of thirteen books, including Blood Moon, War of Two, his acclaimed account of the duel between Hamilton and Burr, two novels, and the family memoir In My Blood. A longtime contributor to GQ, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, and The Atlantic, he wrote the first national expose of the exploits of Whitey Bulger in GQ in 1992.

Admission for all lectures is $10 for general public, $5 for members, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted.


Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

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May
4
6:00 PM18:00

AfterWords Presents: Benjamin Carr, Lee Furey, and Alx Johns

Benjamin Carr is a writer, editor and storyteller who lives in Buckhead. He has been published in The Guardian, Loose Change Magazine, Wussy Magazine and Pembroke Magazine. He is the co-founder of Gutwrench Journal and is a member of the Broadleaf Writers Association. 

Hester L. (“Lee”) Furey is a literary historian and poet. The author of Little Fish: Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2010) and the editor of Dictionary of Literary Biography 345: American Radical and Reform Writers, Second Series, Furey has taught college level English and humanities for 30 years. A member of the editorial collective that created the online literary journal Eyedrum Periodically, Furey has completed unpublished manuscripts in multiple genres including a book of essays entitled Laboratory.

Alexander Johns is an Associate Professor of English at the University of North Georgia, where he teaches creative writing and American literature. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and currently resides in the Athens, Georgia area. He is the recipient of the 2013 Pavement Saw Press Prize for his collection “Robot Cosmetics,” and his poems have appeared in Town Creek Poetry, Stray Dog Almanac, Chaffin Journal, Accents Publishing, The Oklahoma Review, Red River Review, Two Drops of Ink, The Journal of Language and Literacy, Kota Press, Scrivener’s Pen, and Bellemeade Books, and other publications and were featured in the No Small Measure Georgia Broadsides project. His book Darwin's Book of Saints is forthcoming from Aurore Press in May, 2018. He is the managing director of Word of Mouth, a monthly reading series bringing together nationally known and local writers in Athens, Georgia.

Kavarna
707 E Lake Dr, Decatur, Georgia 30030

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Apr
30
8:30 PM20:30

Bleux Stockings Society, Volume 18: Identity

**THIS IS A SAFE SPACE SHOW -- EVENT IS OPEN TO CIS WOMEN, TRANS WOMEN AND NON-BINARY PEOPLE

The Bleux Stockings Society is a monthly live literature show featuring cis/trans women and non-binary people. The theme is announced in advance and the pieces that best fit the theme are chosen. Each performer gets 5-7 minutes to read their piece. 

$10 Cover -- a portion of the proceeds will go to charity.

The theme this month is IDENTITY. Submissions are now closed.

***April's show is open to cis/trans women and non-binary people. We operate on the honor system, so if you're a cis-man, we respectfully request that you attend our public shows only. We hope to see you at our next one!

For more information on what we're all about, please check out our FAQ:http://emyeagley.wix.com/bleuxstockings#!about/qkbdx

THE NITTY GRITTY:
MONDAY, APRIL 16TH
HIGHLAND BALLROOM
DOORS AT 8, SHOW AT 8:30
$10 COVER
ADULTS ONLY, PLEASE


Highland Inn & Ballroom Lounge
644 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306

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Apr
29
8:00 PM20:00

Java Monkey Speaks featuring Kodac Harrison

Kodac Harrison earned a BS from Ga. Tech, and a MBA from Tulane, then committed himself to a life as an artist. Since then, he has made 18 recordings of original music and spoken word, embarked on 8 tours of Europe, co-edited 5 anthologies of poetry, and sold his original paintings. Kodac held the visiting McEver Chair of Poetry at Ga. Tech in 2010 and again in 2016. In 2013, he released his first book on Poetry Atlanta Press, which is a retrospective of poems and lyrics entitled The Turtle and the Moon. In the winter of 2015, Senate Records released an audio version of his book. Kodac was chairman of Poetry Atlanta for 12 years and hosted the award-winning Java Monkey Speaks for 15 plus years.
www.kodacharrison.net

Hosted by Theresa Davis

The open mic list goes up 7:30, this event is free. 
Show starts at 8pm


Java Monkey
425 Church St, Decatur, Georgia 30030

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Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Case Studies - April 2018

Join your host Winston Blake Wheeler Ward as three of Atlanta's top writers take the stage to discuss their work, their process, and answer audience questions. 

Have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and get engaged with the independent writing community in this intimate, casual environment. 

This month's readers:

Beca Grimm

Beca Grimm is an Atlanta-based writer and editor. Among various topics, she focuses on cannabis culture and sex and dating. She also co-founded and edits feminist zine Dope Girls.

Amanda Mills

Amanda Mills' work in supporting DIY media reflects her steadfast commitment to elevating underrepresented voices. Her past projects include being an avid underground zinester, establishing the Atlanta Zine Library, and founding the Atlanta Zine Fest. She deeply believes in the importance of alternative spaces, community building, and supporting subcultures.

Arian Gulick

Arian Gulick works with numbers but far prefers words, which just goes to show you that the world is poorly made. His work has been seen in the Five Hundred and he has performed at various shows around town including Scene and Song, Write Club, and Naked City (RIP) but his best work can be heard at whatever bar he's currently at.

Kavarna
707 E Lake Dr, Decatur, Georgia 30030

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Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Charles Frazier Returns to Cold Mountain

Critically-acclaimed novelist Charles Frazier returns to The Carter Center to discuss, read from and sign copies of Varina. Joining Mr. Frazier in conversation will be Daren Wang, founder and former executive director of the Decatur Book Festival and author of The Hidden Light of Northern Fires. 

This is a ticketed event.

ABOUT THE BOOK
In his powerful fourth novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain, vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War

With her marriage prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects a life of security as a Mississippi landowner. He instead pursues a career in politics and is eventually appointed president of the Confederacy, placing Varina at the white-hot center of one of the darkest moments in American history—culpable regardless of her intentions.

The Confederacy falling, her marriage in tatters, and the country divided, Varina and her children escape Richmond and travel south on their own, now fugitives with “bounties on their heads, an entire nation in pursuit.”

Intimate in its detailed observations of one woman’s tragic life and epic in its scope and power, Varina is a novel of an American war and its aftermath. Ultimately, the book is a portrait of a woman who comes to realize that complicity carries consequences.


The Carter Center
453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30307

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Apr
22
8:00 PM20:00

Java Monkey Speaks features Zachary Kluckman

Zachary Kluckman, the National Poetry Awards 2015-2016 Slam Organizer of the Year and 2014 Slam Artist of the Year, is a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Medal Poetry Teacher, Red Mountain Press National Poetry Prize recipient and a
founding organizer of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change program, now recognized as the largest poetry reading in history. Kluckman has appeared multiple times at the National And Individual World Poetry slams and tours the nation as a spoken word artist. He serves as Spoken Word Editor for the Pedestal magazine and has authored three poetry collections.

The list goes up 7:30ish this event is free.
Show starts at 8pm

No hate speech, homophobia, sexism, racism or general fuckery.
Come on through listen to poetry and music, have a sandwich, a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a piece of pie!


Java Monkey
425 Church St, Decatur, Georgia 30030

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Apr
21
3:00 PM15:00

Curate Presents: An April Writing Workshop

Please join the Curate Team for our monthly writing workshop! We welcome all poets and writers, beginners and experts, to participate in this creative space. Our facilitator for April is Karen G. 

Karen G. is a near two decade poet & organizer, host & co-founder, listener & enthusiast, slam tournament volunteer & hugger of bones in the ATL area. Part punk & part witch, she grew up near the Jersey devil and finds redemption in novena flames & the voices of marginalized people coming to power.

Workshop: 3pm-4:30pm
Suggested Donation for facilitator: $5


Ebrik Coffee Room-Decatur
309 E College Ave, Decatur, Georgia 30030

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Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

2018 Townsend Prize for Fiction Ceremony

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, book lovers throughout the state will gather together to celebrate the works of the authors selected as finalists for this bienniel presentation of the Townsend Prize for Fiction. The reception and award ceremony will take place at the historic DeKalb History Center in downtown Decatur from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The finalists for the 2018 Prize represent the very best achievements in letters by Georgia writers over the course of the preceding two years, reflecting the prize’s celebration of the Southern voice in all its intricacies and incarnations. The finalists for the 2018 Townsend Prize for Fiction are:

The Guineveres by Sarah Domet

Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks

The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

The Lemon Jell-O Syndrome by Man Martin

Lightning Men by Thomas Mullen

The Half Wives by Stacia Pelletier

Among the Living by Jonathan Rabb

Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann

The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang


Event Features
The 2018 Townsend Prize for Fiction award reception includes:

An hors d’oeuvres buffet reception, beer and wine bar, and live music beginning at 6 p.m.

The award ceremony program beginning at 7 p.m. with the presentation of the Atlanta Writers Club Scholarship for Perimeter College at Georgia State University students, followed by the Townsend’s keynote address from acclaimed author Brad Watson, twice recognized as a finalist for the National Book Award.


Directions/Parking
The DeKalb History Center is located at 101 East Court Square, Decatur, Georgia 30030. Guests of the 2018 Townsend Prize for Fiction can park at various locations around downtown Decatur. Parking locations and rates can be found here.


Registration and Ticket Pricing
Physical tickets will not be issued for this event, and tickets sales will not be taken at the door. Registration and payment for admission is available online only from March 1 through April 13. Prices for admission are as follows:

Early-bird registration: March 1 through March 25

Individual seating: $30 (1 registrant)

8-person table seating: $240 (8 registrants)

10-person table seating: $300 (10 registrants)

Late-registration: March 26 through April 13

Individual seating: $35 (1 registrant)

8-person table seating: $280 (8 registrants)

10-person table seating: $350 (10 registrants)

Books will be available for purchase from Eagle Eye Book Shop at the event.

DeKalb History Center
101 E Court Sq, Decatur, Georgia 30030

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Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Lit: Books, Booze & Beats - April theme is #YEET

Lit. Atlanta is a free public event with Books, Booze & Beats, held once a month at Monday Night Brewing's new southwest BeltLine location in the SWATS, for people who enjoy live, interactive literature, music, drinks, culture, and good times.

Each month has a theme, bring a book you want to read from that captures that. Sign up on the list or just enjoy other's reading. 

Monday Night Garage
933 Lee St SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310

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Apr
14
8:00 PM20:00

One City Slam

Atlanta has three incredible slam teams representing at the National Poetry Slam this August in Chicago, Illinois. Each team has formed and now begins the writing and team building. The three teams representing our city are, drum roll please!

JAVA MONKEY SLAM / host venue Java Monkey
Art Amok Slam Team / host venue Red Light Cafe
Slam ATL / host venue Apache Cafe

Celebrating the formation of the teams and National Poetry Month, join us at 7 Stages on April 14th at 8pm for the One City Slam. See and support what the Atlanta Poetry Community has to offer!

Adult content


7 Stages
1105 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30307

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Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

Poetry at Tech | A Spring Poetry Event

Poetry from

Stuart Dischell

David Bottoms

Tarfia Faizullah

The event is open to the public with no tickets or reservations required. It is held in Kress Auditorium at the Robert C. Williams Museum of Paper Making (Renewable Bioproducts Institute)

Plenty of free parking available just in front of the building's entrance or through the gate, which is straight ahead as you turn off 10th Street.

Kress Auditorium (Robert C. Williams Museum of Paper Making)
500 Tenth Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

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Apr
11
to Apr 12

Write Club Atlanta: The Oncoming Storm

BATTON THE HATCHES AND DOWN THE RUM, WRITE CLUB ATLANTA IS BACK FOR ANOTHER THUNDEROUS NIGHT!

WRITE CLUB is:
6 WRITERS competing in
3 BOUTS of
2 OPPOSING TOPICS lasting no more than
7 MINUTES apiece wherein YOU THE AUDIENCE decide the winner
THIS MONTH'S COMBATANTS:

Jennifer Teeter (Wind) v Lenny Pallats (Water)
Adjoa Danso (Calm) v Qiana Cutts (Storm)
Nikki Grey (Respect) v Shelby Hofer (Fear)

DOORS AND BAR AT 8, SHOW AT 9
$10 GETS YOUR LUCKY KEISTER IN THE DOOR

Write Club Atlanta
644 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306

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Apr
8
8:00 PM20:00

Java Monkey Speaks featuring Marshall "Gripp" Gillson

Marshall "Gripp" Gillson is a nerd by day and an artist by day also. He has been active as a spoken word artist since 2008, representing six different venues in four different states in national competition (including twice on the Java Monkey Slam team). In 2016 and 2017, as a member of the House Slam team, he appeared on back-to-back National Poetry Slam final stages and won back-to-back Vox Pop slam tournaments. He also placed 15th in the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam. His work has appeared in several self-published chapbooks and electronic art installations as well as being featured by Button Poetry, SlamFind, Everyday Feminism, and SlamChop.

In 2011, Marshall officially founded glassEyeballs, an artist services company. Under the brand, he provides workshops, poetry shows, and technical artist services, including overseeing the web-based scoring systems for six national poetry tournaments. In his spare time, he enjoys shuffling awkwardly, hiding from his problems, and writing biographies in the third person.

Free (but buy something from Java)
Open Mic list opens at 7:30ish
Mic at 8pm
No censorship but also no bullshyt like sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, or general fuckery. Got it? Awesome.


Java Monkey
425 Church St, Decatur, Georgia 30030

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Apr
8
3:00 PM15:00

Jason Reynolds at Decatur Library!

THIS IS NOT A DRILL: Jason Reynolds is coming BACK to Decatur! Fresh off his Printz AND Newbery Honor awards for "Long Way Down," Jason Reynolds is publishing "For Every One," a soaring poem for the dreamer and creator in all of us, "Sunny," the newest installation in his Track Series, and the paperback version of "Patina!" We are honored to call this prolific, important, and deeply talented author a friend of Little Shop. Do not miss your opportunity to meet one of the most important voices in literature today!

This event is FREE and open to the public. You must purchase a copy of one of the new books ("For Every One," "Sunny," or "Patina") to earn a place in the signing line! PLEASE NOTE: This event is at the Georgia Center for the Book, located on the lower level of the Decatur Library, NOT at the shop.

More on "For Every One:"
Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.

For Every One is just that: for every one. For every one person. For every one dream. But especially for every one kid. The kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to dream. Kids who are like Jason Reynolds, a self-professed dreamer. Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. He expected to make it when he was sixteen. Then eighteen. Then twenty-five. Now, some of those expectations have been realized. But others, the most important ones, lay ahead, and a lot of them involve kids, how to inspire them. All the kids who are scared to dream, or don’t know how to dream, or don’t dare to dream because they’ve NEVER seen a dream come true. Jason wants kids to know that dreams take time. They involve countless struggles. But no matter how many times a dreamer gets beat down, the drive and the passion and the hope never fully extinguish—because just having the dream is the start you need, or you won’t get anywhere anyway, and that is when you have to take a leap of faith.

Georgia Center for the Book at DCPL
215 Sycamore St, Decatur, Georgia 30030

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Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

Taylor Brown Reading from Gods of Howl Mountain

In Gods of Howl Mountain, award-winning author Taylor Brown explores a world of folk healers, whiskey-runners, and dark family secrets in the high country of 1950s North Carolina.

Bootlegger Rory Docherty has returned home to the fabled mountain of his childhood - a misty wilderness that holds its secrets close and keeps the outside world at gunpoint. Slowed by a wooden leg and haunted by memories of the Korean War, Rory runs bootleg whiskey for a powerful mountain clan in a retro-fitted '40 Ford coupe. Between deliveries to roadhouses, brothels, and private clients, he lives with his formidable grandmother, evades federal agents, and stokes the wrath of a rival runner.

In the mill town at the foot of the mountains - a hotbed of violence, moonshine, and the burgeoning sport of stock-car racing - Rory is bewitched by the mysterious daughter of a snake-handling preacher. His grandmother, Maybelline “Granny May” Docherty, opposes this match for her own reasons, believing that "some things are best left buried." A folk healer whose powers are rumored to rival those of a wood witch, she concocts potions and cures for the people of the mountains while harboring an explosive secret about Rory’s mother - the truth behind her long confinement in a mental hospital, during which time she has not spoken one word. When Rory's life is threatened, Granny must decide whether to reveal what she knows...or protect her only grandson from the past.

With gritty and atmospheric prose, Taylor Brown brings to life a perilous mountain and the family who rules it.  

Appearing in conversation with Taylor Brown will be the Bitter Southerner's Chuck Reece.

Manuel's Tavern
602 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

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Apr
1
8:00 PM20:00

Java Monkey Speaks features Shay Alexi

Shay Alexi is a radically tender poet and performance artist. She tells stories in an effort to cultivate joy, dismantle patriarchy, and throw a really great party. Shay was the recipient of the 2017 Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize and the winner of the 2017 Java Monkey Slam championship. Her work has been featured by riverSedge Literary Journal, Beecher's Magazine, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Button Poetry, and Write About Now.

The list goes up 7:30ish this event is free.
Show starts at 8pm

No hate speech, homophobia, sexism, racism or general fuckery.
Come on through listen to poetry and music, have a sandwich, a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a piece of pie!


Java Monkey
425 Church St, Decatur, Georgia 30030

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Mar
28
9:00 PM21:00

Scene and Song Presents Wakandatlanta!

Scene and Song Presents Wakandatlanta!
Atlantans Perform Original Music, Comedy, and Writing About Black Panther!

Location: Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge
644 North Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Date: March 28
Showtime: 9PM » Doors Open @ 8PM
Price: $10
Ages: 18+

HOST: Cris Gray

FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY:
Dedrick Flynn
Nicki Harris Salcedo
Fray Forde
Lisa Smith
Kill And Be Cool

SHOWRUNNERS/PRODUCERS:
Jason Mallory
Ellaree Yeagley

The sun will never set on the Wakandan empire but we've got one night only for this show so get your vibranium, ingest your Heart-Shaped Herb and come to the Highland Ballroom for an incredible night of live Black Panther-themed entertainment!

This show has the greatest musicians, comedians and writers in the city of Wakandatlanta and it's all hosted by our very own T'Challa: Cris Gray! And if that's not enough to make you grab your Kimoyo Beads, we'll be giving away special Black Panther-themed prizes during the show!!

So gather the Dora Milaje, watch out for Killmonger and come on down to Scene and Song Presents Wakandatlanta, the only show in Atlanta that will have you yelling, "Wakanda Forever!"

Highland Inn & Ballroom Lounge
644 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306

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Mar
25
6:00 PM18:00

Case Studies - March 2018

Winston Blake Wheeler Ward is your host as three Atlanta writers take the stage to read their work, discuss their process, and answer audience questions in a laid-back, intimate environment. Come have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and help us learn what makes writers tick. 

This month's readers: 

Jon Carr

Ellaree Yeagley

Christopher Martin

Kavarna
707 E Lake Dr, Decatur, Georgia 30030

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Mar
22
to Mar 31

Transgression Presents: Second Star to the Right: Hook's Revenge

Mar 22 - Mar 31 at 8pm each night.

Second Star to the Right: Hook's Revenge is the epic conclusion of Transgression's three episode adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan. Performances at the former Dante's Down the Hatch in Underground Atlanta.

Kidnapped by Hook's Pirates at the end of Episode Two: The Neverlands, Episode Three finds the Lost Boys and Darling children prisoners on Captain Hook's Ship, the Jolly Roger. Fearing their demise at the hands of ruthless pirates, and the vengeful Hook, they eagerly await Peter Pan's arrival to rescue them from a watery grave.

Buy Tickets Now: http://bit.ly/2GKlHhn

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Series Note: Each episode of Second Star to the Right is a stand alone story that does not require you to see previous episodes to be enjoyed.

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TRANSGRESSION, Deer Bear Wolf’s immersive literary experience has taken a theatrical approach. The motley crew has been exploring J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan in a 3-part series of performances hosted at various venues. Hook's Revenge is the third and final performance in the series.

SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT
Our 6th installment of Transgression has been a three episode performance at three different venues that launched in May of 2017. Transgression’s first scripted performances have enlisted the help of local creatives, actors and set designers to create a truly immersive and tactile environment to fully envelope the audience within the story.

Underground Atlanta
50 Upper Alabama St SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

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Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Leesa Cross Smith w/ Martha Polk, Sonal Nalkur, & Jess Bernhart

"Y'all know I love to host a reading, and y'all know I LOVE KENTUCKY. So you can only guess how thrilled I am to COME BACK HOME TO ATL to host my girl LEESA CROSS-SMITH as she celebrates the release of her book "Whiskey & Ribbons." Along with her, we've got a trio of powerful literary Atlantans, Martha Polk, Sonal Nalkur and Jess Bernhart reading to kick off the evening. COME PARTY WITH US!" - Laura Relyea.


Elevator Factory
437 Memorial Dr SE A-2, Atlanta, Georgia 30312

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Mar
18
8:00 PM20:00

Java Monkey Speaks features Ebony Stewart

Ebony Stewart is an international touring performance artist and slam poet. The only 3 time adult female slam champion in Austin TX. Top 3 indie poet her first time at the 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam. The 2017 Woman of the World Poetry Slam Champion. Ebony Stewart is, the story of the black girl winning.

The list goes up 7:30ish this event is free.
Show starts at 8pm

No hate speech, homophobia, sexism, racism or general fuckery.
Come on through listen to poetry and music, have a sandwich, a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a piece of pie!


Java Monkey
425 Church St, Decatur, Georgia 30030

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