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Georgia Poetry Circuit

New in 2018!

The Georgia Poetry Circuit is a consortium of ten Georgia colleges and universities working together to bring three poets of national and international reputation annually to all members’ campuses, providing an important access to the literary arts for Georgia residents across the state. At each school, each Circuit poet gives a free and open reading of his/her work. Visiting poets also meet with creative writing students at each campus for workshops, talks, or extended question and answer sessions.

In addition to the opportunity to hear work from diverse writers of national and international reputation, the Circuit events provide Georgia students with an immensely valuable educational opportunity for interaction with many of the best contemporary poets in the United States.

All readings will take place in Flowers Foods Executive Classroom in Smith-Bonvillian Hall on the Forbes Campus at 6 pm.

November 6      Julianna Gray


Juliana Gray is a poet and English professor, originally from Alabama, who currently resides in western New York where she teaches at Alfred University. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections.  The most recent, Roleplay, won the 2010 Orphic Prize and was published by Dream Horse Press.  Roleplay also won the 2013 Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize for the best

annual poetry collection published by an upstate New York author.

Gray grew up in Anniston, Alabama. She earned an M.A from the University of Tennessee and received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.



February 5       Adrian Matejka

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003) which won the New York / New England Award and Mixology (Penguin, 2009), a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. Mixology was also a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His third collection, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), focuses on Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion of the world. The Big Smoke was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His most recent book, Map to the Stars, was published by Penguin in 2017. Among Matejka’s other honors are the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, the Julia Peterkin Award, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Bellagio Center, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and a Simon Fellowship from United States Artists. He teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington and is Poet Laureate of Indiana.



April 4         Wyn Cooper

Wyn Cooper has published five books of poems: The Country of Here Below (Ahsahta Press, 1987), The Way Back (White Pine Press, 2000), Postcards from the Interior, (BOA Editions, 2005), Chaos is the New Calm (BOA Editions, 2010), and Mars Poetica (White Pine Press, 2018). His poems, stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Slate, Crazyhorse, Agni, The Southern Review, and more than 100 other magazines. His poems are included in 25 anthologies of contemporary poetry, including Poetry: An Introduction (Sixth Edition), The Mercury Reader, Outsiders, and Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms.

In 1993, “Fun,” a poem from his first book, was turned into Sheryl Crow’s Grammy-winning song “All I Wanna Do.” He has also co-written songs with David Broza, David Baerwald, and Jody Redhage. In 2003, Gaff Music released Forty Words for Fear, a CD of songs based on poems and lyrics by Cooper, set to music and sung by the novelist Madison Smartt Bell. It has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition and World Café, and has been written about in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, and elsewhere. Songs from the CD have been featured on five television shows and in one film. The second CD by Bell and Cooper, Postcards Out of the Blue, is based in part on Cooper’s postcard poems.

Wyn has taught at the University of Utah, Bennington College, Marlboro College, and at The Frost Place. He is a former editor of Quarterly West, and the recipient of a fellowship from the Ucross Foundation. He served as a member of the first working group at The Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, a think tank founded by The Poetry Foundation. He lives in Vermont and Massachusetts.

Wyn works as an editor for both aspiring and established authors. He specializes in editing poetry manuscripts, but also works with writers of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, and offers advice on how and where to publish. Forty books he edited from 2012-17 were accepted for publication, and seven won major awards.


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