This week’s story comes from American Afterlife author Kate Sweeney. In January, Kate placed 2nd in Creative Loafing’s annual fiction contest—every fall, the paper gives writers a theme and offers cash prizes for their work. This year the theme was “Race.” Winners were invited to read their work at a party at the Highland Ballroom, where Sweeney read her story, “The Pain Study.”
This week on the Lit'cast, a conversation with Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Into the Beautiful North, the novel at the center of this year’s Big Read program. Plus a calendar full of lit events, workshops, storytelling shows, author visits and all that stuff keeping our city’s bookish types fully occupied.
The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center threw their Art Party on September 13, and along with the entertainment, the food and the crowds, they opened a new show called “Exquisite Exhibit: Parlour Games from the Studio Artist Program.” Knowing their first audience would be party-goers, the Contemporary made the exhibit kind of a game. Twenty one artists were tasked with working on seven works of art in the style of exquisite corpse drawings—a sort of collaboration where no one sees the whole picture until the end.
The Atlanta Opera kicks off their new season this weekend, but they're not opening with an opera. The company's Chorus Master — Walter Huff — celebrates 25 years with the Atlanta Opera this year, and what better way to celebrate than in song? WABE's Lois Reitzes recently sat down with Mr. Huff for a little reflection, and a toast to another 25 years.
This week we feature a story from Atlanta author Charles McNair about playing the all-American sport of baseball in the Italian countryside. Plus a week's worth of live lit, storytelling, and other such events getting you close to the writing talent of this city.
Charles McNair is author of Pickett's Charge and is Books Editor of Paste Magazine. You can find out so much more at his website, charlesmcnairauthor.com
More than 15,000 Atlantans came out for Saturday night's fifth annual BeltLine Lantern Parade and illuminated the Eastside Trail from Irwin Street to Piedmont Park. The parade opens the 2014 season of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, a series of temporary public art installations and performances along the trail.
This week: A conversation with poet Bruce Covey about the end of the What’s New in Poetry reading series. Plus a calendar overflowing with lit events, including some notable locals taking part in the Decatur Book Festival and Dragon Con.
As part of the National Black Arts Festival this year, there's a jazz concert series being held at various venues around city. The next one in the series features the Heath Brothers, and WABE’s jazz host H. Johnson recently had the opportunity to speak with one of them; Jimmy Heath. They began by discussing Heath's life in jazz.
The arts organization WonderRoot has announced a significant expansion. The nonprofit arts and service organization has occupied its current space, a 4,000-square-foot house on Memorial Drive, since 2008.
Next year, it plans to move across the street into the 52,000 square-foot building that was formerly Tech High Charter School. The group plans to call the new space the WonderRoots Center for Arts and Social Change.
This week on WABE's Lit'cast, a story from Rachel Trignano about the shabby kingdom of a New Jersey toy store. Plus, this week in live lit, storytelling, book signings and other wordy activities making Atlanta a hub of literary activity.
Rachel Trignano is an Atlanta-based writer. Her work has appeared in Loose Change Magazine and in Chorus—a poetry anthology edited by Saul Williams.
For more than four decades, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center has brought the works of emerging and established artists to audiences in the city, but for most its life it went by a different name: Nexus. And when it was founded in 1973 it played a big part in making photography an accepted art form in Atlanta.
This week: A story from Laura Relyea about what it really means to wash your hair in a truck stop sink, plus a week’s worth of live lit events and book signings—everything you need to know to dig into Atlanta’s literary scene.
Relyea is Vicerine of Vouched Books, which this month celebrated three years in Atlanta. Laura wrote a post on their website looking back at those three years and at the changes ahead for Vouched and you can read that here.
This week: A story from Carapace host Lance Colley about nearly losing your soul at a car dealership, plus a week’s worth of live lit events, storytelling series, book signings and the whole gumbo of good stuff that is the Atlanta literary scene.
This week on WABE’s Lit’cast, a calendar full of readings, storytelling events, book signings, and the like, highlighting a busy week in the Atlanta literary scene. Plus, a story from Theresa Davis about coming out to your loved ones and the nature of “like” versus “like like,” and a poem by Bruce Covey.
Theresa Davis' story contains some adult language and situations.
The Alliance Theatre’s Collision Project assembles a diverse group of 20 teenagers from metro Atlanta to explore and unpack a classic text under the guidance of a professional playwright and director—to “collide” with a piece of writing and with each other, so to speak.
This week on WABE’s Lit’cast: A look ahead at a busy week in the Atlanta literary scene with a calendar full of readings, storytelling events, book signings, and the like. Also, a story recorded at the True Story! reading series from Rachael Maddux about finding your first love at the circus. Maddux is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Oxford American, Slate, The Believer and elsewhere.
This week on WABE’s Lit’cast: It remains, as ever, a busy week in the Atlanta literary scene with a calendar full of readings, storytelling events, book signings, workshops, open mics and more. Plus, a story from Johnny Drago, playwright of “Trash” and “Kiss of the Vampire,” a MINT Leap Year artist, and first place winner of Creative Loafing’s 2012 Fiction Contest.
This week in WABE’s Lit’cast: A story from Carleigh Knight and of course a calendar full-to-bursting with readings, storytelling events, book signings, and all that good stuff which is making Atlanta a bustling hub of creativity.
This is WABE’s Lit’cast, a podcast highlighting Atlanta’s live-literature and storytelling scene hosted by WABE’s Myke Johns.
This week: A story from Chris Alonzo recorded at the Naked City reading series and of course a calendar full-to-bursting with readings, storytelling events, book signings, workshops and all that good stuff which is making the Atlanta metro an exciting and fertile environment for writers and fans of the written word. Plus, a poem by Carrollton-based writer and teacher Matthew Sherling.
Poet, author, activist, and actress Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014, at the age of 86. Dr. Angelou had deep ties to Atlanta, among other places. In April, 2004, she sat down with Valerie Jackson for an interview for the WABE program, "Between the Lines." In this segment, Dr. Angelou talked about how she emerged from her grief over the assassinations of her friends Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., by summoning the spirit that infuses one of her best-known poems, "Still I Rise." (In the expanded version, you can hear Dr. Angelou recite "Still I Rise.")