Tues October 19th in the Telfair Academy 7:30pm -8:30pm Gary Gildner.
Gary Gildner attended Michigan State University (B.A., M.A.). He has been writer-in-residence at Reed College, Davidson College, Randolph College, Seattle Univ, and Michigan State Univ. He has been a Senior Fulbright Lecturer to Poland and to Czechoslovakia. He has given readings at the Library of Congress, Manhattan Theatre Club, Academy of American Poets, YMHA Poetry Center (NYC), and at some 300 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. He lives with his wife Michele in the Clearwater Mountains of Idaho.
The Warsaw Sparks (2d edition) (University of Nebraska Press, 2008), Cleaning A Rainbow (BkMk Press-UMKC, 2007), Somewhere Geese Are Flying (Michigan State University Press, 2004), My Grandfather's Book (Michigan State University Press, 2002), Bunker in the Parsley Fields (University of Iowa Press, 1997), The Warsaw Sparks (University of Iowa Press, 1990), Blue Like the Heavens (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1984)
Georgia Review, New Letters, North American Review, Shenandoah
National Magazine Award for Fiction, Pushcart Prizes in Fiction and in Non-Fiction, two NEA Fellowships, the Robert Frost Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams and Theodore Roethke Poetry Prizes,the Iowa Poetry Prize.
(text taken from http://www.pw.org/content/gary_gildner_1)
Thurs November 18 in the Auditorium of the Jepson Center 7:30pm -8:30pm Doris Davenport.
Doris is a performance poet, writer, and Associate Professor of English at Albany State University. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia; Out of the Rough: Women's Poems of Survival and Celebration; Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers; and This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. She has done more than 100 poetry performances and workshops and has taught at several colleges and universities, including Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Davenport received her B.A. in English from Paine College, her M.A. in English from SUNY-Buffalo, and her Ph.D. in African American literature from the University of Southern California. Born and raised in Gainesville and Cornelia, Georgia, in the foothills of Appalachia, she currently lives in Albany, Georgia.
madness like morning glories: poems (Louisiana State University Press, 2005), Soquee Street Poems (Sautee-Nacoochee Community Center, 1995), Voodoo Chile/Slight Return (Soque Street Press, 1991), Eat Thunder & Drink Rain (Self/Aardvark Enterprises, 1982)
Lesbian Studies, Melus, Mid-American Review, Women's Review of Books
(text taken from: http://www.lsu.edu/lsupress/bookPages/9780807129913.html)
Thurs January 27th in the Telfair Academy 7:30pm-8:30pm Jim Warner
Jim Warner is the author of the poetry collection Too Bad It's Poetry (Paper Kite Press). His poems have appeared in The HazMat Review, mid)rib, Hecale, In The Arms of Words: Poetry for Disaster Relief (Sherman-Asher), and elsewhere. He is the Assistant Director of Graduate Creative Writing Programs at Wilkes University.
(text taken from http://www.wordriot.org/template_2.php?ID=1600)
Sat February 19th at the Savannah Book Festival David Bottoms David Bottoms was born in Canton, Georgia in 1949. He attended Mercer University for his B.A. and received his M.A. at the graduate program in English at West Georgia College. After graduate school, he taught part-time until 1979, when his first book, Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump, was selected by Robert Penn Warren as the winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. He received a fellowship at Florida State University, where he earned his Ph.D. In 1982 he took a teaching position at Georgia State University, and co-founded Five Points, a literary magazine. In 2000, Bottoms was appointed Georgia’s Poet Laureate.
(text taken from http://www.poetryoutloud.org/poems/poet.html?id=716)
Thurs March 10 in the Auditorium at the Jepson 7:30 -8:30pm Linda Lee Harper
Linda Lee Harper lives in Augusta, Georgia, born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received her BA & MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She taught there, University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s Continuing Education program and at the University of South Carolina-Aiken. Her published works include:
Toward Desire (Word Works, 1996), 1995 Washington Prize for Poetry, One Pushcart Nomination; A Failure of Loveliness (Nightshade Press, 1994), William and Kingman Page Award; Cataloguing Van Gogh (Tampa Writers’ Voice, 1997), Hibiscus Award; The Wide View (White Eagle Coffee Store Press, 1998), Fall Open Reading Award; Blue Flute (Adastra Press, 1999), two Pushcart Nonimations; Buckeye (Anabiosis Press, 1999), 1998 Winner.
Her poems have been anthologized in: Tea Time In The Oleander Garden: Works By Southern Women (Bear-In Mind Press, 1999); 46/96 South Carolina Poetry (Ninety-Six Press, 1994); Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry, 1995-96 ed. Alan Pater (Monitor Books, 1997); All Around Us: Voices From The Valley (Emerald Press, 1996); SC Poetry: A Millennium Sampler (Ninety-Six Press, 2005). She has received four Pushcart Nominations and been a Fellow at both VCAA and Yaddo.
Her work has appeared most recently in: The Georgia Review, Nimrod, The Seneca Review, Rattle, and 85 other journals. Her manuscript “Kiss Kiss” was selected as the winner in Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Open Competition for 2007 and is forthcoming in 2008.
She currently is working on a collection of short stories and a third poetry collection at her home on Lake Murray, South Carolina, where she never, ever goes fishing.
(text taken from http://www.lindaleeharper.com/)
Thurs April 21st at the Auditorium of the Jepson 7:30 - 8:30pm Sandra Meek
Sandra Meek lives in Rome, Georgia, with her dog Duende, and teaches writing and literature at Berry College where she is an associate professor, and co-editor of Ninebark Press. Sandy was a PCV in Botswana from 1989 to 1991.
Her first collection of poems was a chapbook, The Circumference of Arrival, published by Elixir Press in 2001. In 2002 Elixir Press published Nomadic Foundations that won the 2003 Poetry Prize from Peace Corps Writers. In 2005, Elixir published Burn. Recently she won the $10,000 Dorset Prize, the largest book-publication prize for poetry in the United States, for her third collection of poems, Biogeography. This collection will be released by Tupelo Press in the spring of 2008.
(text taken from: http://www.peacecorpswriters.org/pages/2007/0705/705talk-meek.html)
These dates are tentative and subject to change. Readers at these dates will be posted upon confirmation of availability and funding.