7 p.m. Friday, April 3: The Georgia Review Spring Issue Release Party
234 W. Hancock Avenue
Come out for our Spring 2015 Issue Release Party, featuring readings by Coleman Barks and Jeff Fallis, with music by John Fernandes and Alec Livaditis. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be available.
Coleman Barks is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was educated at the University of North Carolina and at the University of California, Berkeley. After early work on his own writing, Barks began in 1977 to collaborate with scholars of the Persian language to translate into American free verse the poetry of the thirteenth-century mystic, Jelaluddin Rumi. This work has resulted in twenty-one volumes, including the bestselling Essential Rumi (1995) and Rumi: The Big Red Book (2010), which collects thirty-four years of Barks’s work on Rumi’s ghazals and rubai. Barks taught American literature and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years, and since his retirement in Athens he has turned more and more to his own writing. In 2008, the University of Georgia Press published Winter Sky: New and Selected Poems, 1968–2008, and in spring 2013 they also released Hummingbird Sleep, Poems 2009–2011. Barks has been honored with the Juliet Hollister Award for his work in the interfaith area; in 2005 the U.S. State Department sent him to Afghanistan as the first American visiting speaker there in twenty-five years; in 2006 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Tehran; and in 2009 he was inducted into the Georgia Writers’ Hall of Fame.
Jeff Fallis is completing a PhD in English and creative writing at the University of Georgia. His poems have appeared in the Oxford American, the Iowa Review, A Bad Penny Review, Unsplendid, and Ploughshares, and his nonfiction has appeared in Paste Magazine. He is currently at work on a book about the voice and its relationship to language and popular music entitled Tear in the Throat.
John Fernandes is a multi-instrumentalist and an original member of the psychedelic pop group The Olivia Tremor Control, and helped found Athens, Georgia's famous Elephant Six Collective in the 1990s. Fernandes’ current musical projects include Circulatory System, The New Sound of Numbers, Old Smokey, Moths, and Dream Boat, but he also frequently appears as a guest violinist and clarinetist on other albums. In addition to constantly performing and recording, Fernandes helps manage Wuxtry Music in downtown Athens and runs the record label Cloud Recordings.
7 p.m. Thursday, April 16: C. G. Hanzlicek presented by the Georgia Poetry Circuit
The Globe (Upstairs)
199 N. Lumpkin Street
C. G. Hanzlicek was born in Owatonna, Minnesota, in 1942. He received a BA from the University of Minnesota in 1964 and an MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1966. He is the author of nine books of poetry: Living in It, Stars (winner of the 1977 Devins Award for Poetry), Calling the Dead, A Dozen for Leah, When There Are No Secrets, Mahler: Poems and Etchings, Against Dreaming, The Cave: Selected and New Poems, and, most recently, The Lives of Birds, which appeared in 2013. He has translated Native American Songs, A Bird’s Companion, and poems from the Czech, Mirroring: Selected Poems of Vladimir Holan, which won the Robert Payne Award from the Columbia University Translation Center in 1985. In the summer of 2001, he retired from California State University, Fresno, where he taught for 35 years and was for most of those years the Director of the Creative Writing Program.
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