THE LETTERS FESTIVAL // A THREE DAY INDEPENDENT LITERATURE FESTIVAL

THE LETTERS FESTIVAL

A THREE DAY INDEPENDENT LITERATURE FESTIVAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Atlanta, GA – September 22, 2014

The Goat Farm Arts Center is proud to present Lostintheletters’ three day independent literature festival aptly titled, The Letters Festival. Through live readings, writing workshops, a discussion panel and a book market featuring over a dozen presses from around the country, The Letters Festival creates an engaging experience focused on diverse voices and perspectives. The Letters Festival believes in the power of independent literature and is committed to increasing its role in Atlanta’s rich artistic culture. The Letters Festival is organized by Lostintheletters, an Atlanta-based literary organization which hosts an award-winning reading series.

The Letters Festival will kick off at BURNAWAY on Thursday November 6th with a bulk of the events and activities occurring November 7th - 8th at The Goat Farm Arts Center. The Festival will feature readings, a panel discussion, writing workshops, a book market and after party readings:

  • Readings are an opportunity for visiting authors to share their work with the community. Readers include: Lindsay Hunter, CA Conrad, Jason Koo, Morgan Parker, Kate Sweeney, Aaron Burch, Leesa Cross Smith, Jamie Iredell, Jason McCall, Esther Lee, Lauren Watel, Gina Apelkop, Adam Robinson, Margaret Patton Chapman, Amy McDaniel and authors with OOMPH Press from Argentina.

  • Workshops will be an opportunity for community members to interact with authors and discuss the intricacies of the written word, the publishing industry and the role of literature in today’s world.

  • Poetry Workshop: led by Adam Robinson, a poet and publisher of Publishing Genius out of Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Fiction Workshop: led by Margaret Patton Chapman, the author of the forthcoming novella, Bell and Bargain, from Rose Metal Press and living in Durham, North Carolina.

  • (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop with CA Conrad.

  • Panel Discussion: “FEMALE PERSPECTIVES IN INDEPENDENT LITERATURE” will be a moderated by Gina Apelkop and include a discussion between five authors: Leesa Cross Smith, Esther Lee, Bruce Covey, Morgan Parker and Aaron Burch.

  • Book Market will be an opportunity for the public to engage with a curated selection of innovative independent presses and journals from the Southeast region and beyond. The Book Market is free to attend on November 7th and 8th at The Goat Farm Arts Center’s Goodson Yard. Join us for Happy Hour on Friday, November 7th from 5-6 PM and Coffee Hour on Saturday November 8th from 12-1 PM. Also, join us in the Book Market Lounge for Couch Conversations with select venders. Venders are: Publishing Genius, 421 Press, Hobart Publishing, Short Flight/Long Drive Books, Birds of Lace, Coconut Books, Atlanta Zine Fest, Nano Fiction, Vouched Books, Black Warrior Review, On Our Own Authority! Publishing, Sententia Press, BurnAway, festival artist Joe Tsambiras, Aqueous Books, and more! Book Market, Couch Conversations and the Discussion Panel are free and open to the public, Writing Workshops are free but an online RSVP is encouraged.

  • After Party Readings will continue the celebration of the festival and the riveting independent writers after hours.

-->Friday November 7th at 11PM at DASHBOARD Co-op with a live stream from Buenos Aires, Argentina with OOMPH PRESS and our second reading will be

-->Saturday November 8th 10:30Pm at Manuel’s Tavern, North Avenue Room. Both events are free. Featuried writers Amy McDaniel, Margaret Patton Chapman, Adam Robinson and Argentina authors from OOMPH PRESS.

Live Readings are $12 at the doors and $10 in advance, ticket packages include 3-day pass for $25, Friday and Saturday 2-day pass available for $18. Tickets are available online at: www.thelettersfestival.org

The Letters Festival is a recipient of The Goat Farm Arts Center Arts Investment Package (AIP). The Goat Farm’s AIP vehicle funds, produces & presents experimental & innovative works that “pattern-break” & excite new thinking.  The Goat Farm’s Review Board recognizes that consistent vanguard arts programming contributes to Atlanta’s global relevancy.

VITALS:

WHAT: The Letters Festival, a three-day literary festival with readings, panels, workshops and book market

WHEN: November 6th-8th, various times

WHERE:

PRICE: Individual readings are $12 at the door/$10 in advance online; other ticket packages are available; Book Market, Couch Conversations and Discussion Panels are FREE. Writing Workshops are FREE but limited seating is available and online RSVP is encouraged.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: All Ages

WEB PRESENCE/SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: www.thelettersfestival.org

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/771031146286934/?context=create&source=49

Author biographies are available upon request

Full Schedule Below

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The Letters Festival is a three-day creative writing event that educates and inspires the community to become stronger readers and writers brought to you by Lostintheletters, an Atlanta-based literary organization with an award winning reading series and writing workshops. Through live readings, writing workshops, discussion panel and book market from high quality independent authors, The Letters Festival creates an engaging experience focusing on diverse voices and perspectives. The Letters Festival believes in the power of independent literature and is committed to increasing its role in Atlanta’s rich artistic culture. www.thelettersfestival.org


PRESS CONTACT:

Deisha Oliver-Millar

Bang! Arts Management and Promotions


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RESOURCES AND INFORMATION ABOUT SCHEDULE:

Select Accolades of Participants

AARON BURCH Aaron Burch is the author of BACKSWING from Queen’s Ferry Press, 2014 and editor of HOBART a literary journal out of Anne Arbor, MI.

CA CONRAD CA Conrad is the author of seven books including the newly released ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness from Wave Books. Conrad is a 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow; Conrad works in Philadelphia, PA.

LEESA CROSS-SMITH Leesa Cross-Smith is a writer from Kentucky and the author of Every Kiss a War from Mojave River Press in 2014. Cross-Smith was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (2012) and the Iowa Short Fiction Award (2012).

LINDSAY HUNTER Lindsay Hunter is the author of two short story collections, Daddy’s (featherproof) and DON’T KISS ME (FSG Originals), her first novel, Ugly Girls (Farra, Straus and Giroux) will be out in November, 2014, Hunter works in Chicago, IL.

JAMIE IREDELL Jamie Iredell lives in Atlanta, GA and is the author of, most recently, I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac.

JASON KOO Jason Koo is the author of two collections of poetry, America’s Favorite Poem (C&R Press, 2014) and Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009), he is the winnder of the De Novo Poetry Prize and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Members’ Choice Award for the best Asian American book of 2009. Koo’s work has appeared in such journals as Yale Review and Missouri Review and received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Vermont Studio Center, to name a few.

ESTHER LEE Esther Lee is the author of the poetry collection, Spit, winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Prize, and the chapbook, Blank Missives (Trafficker Press). Lee is writer and teacher at Agnes Scott College living in Atlanta, GA.

JASON MCCALL Jason McCall is the author of Dear Hero (winner of the 2012 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize), Silver (Main Street Rag), I Can Explain (Finishing Line Press), and Mother, Less Child (winner of the 2013 Paper Nautilus Vella Chapbook Prize). McCall is an Alabama native and currently teaches at the University of Alabama.

MORGAN PARKER Morgan Parker lives in Brooklyn, NY and her first collection of poems, Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night was selected for the 2013 Gatewood Prize and is forthcoming from Switchback Books in 2015.

KATE SWEENEY Kate Sweeney is the author of the popular nonfiction book, American Afterlife (University of Georgia Press). Sweeney lives in Atlanta where she writes and creates public radio stories.

LAUREN WATEL Lauren Watel received the 2012 Mississippi Review Prize in fiction, she lives in Decatur, GA.

GINA ABELKOP Gina Abelkop is the author of, i eat cannibals (forthcoming from Coimpress, 2014), Darling Beastlettes (Apostrophe Books, 2012) and, Trollops in Love (Dancing Girl Press, 2011); Abelkop is the founder/editor of Birds of Lace, a feminist press out of Athens, GA.

ADAM ROBINSON Adam Robinson lives and works from Atlanta, GA; he is the author of, Adam Robison and Other Poems (Narrow House Books) and operates Publishing Genius Press.

AMY MCDANIEL Amy McDaniel lives in Atlanta, GA and is the author of the collection of poems, Collected Adult Lessons (421 Press).

MARGARET PATTON CHAPMAN Margaret Patton Chapman is a writer and teacher living in Durham, NC. Her novella, Bell and Bargain is forthcoming from Rose Metal Press in November 2014.

OOMPH PRESS OOMPH Press is a translation journal from two ambitious writers in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

THE LETTERS FESTIVAL

November 6th, 7th & 8th

Day 1, November 6th

location: BurnAway office

261 Peters St SW

Atlanta, Georgia, 30313

Reading 8pm / doors 7pm / +tickets $10 advance, $12 at door

Kate Sweeney

Aaron Burch

Esther Lee

Jason McCall

+hang out afterwards at Mother our go-to bar

 

Day 2, November 7th

location: The Goat Farm Arts Center

Foster Street NW

Atlanta, GA 30318

+parking on site, follow signs to The Letters Festival

5-6PM Book Market Happy Hour / Goodson Yard + free

5-10PM Book Market open / Goodson Yard + free

6:30-7:30PM (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop with CA Conrad- This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. / Rodrigez Room + free with RSVP

8-10 PM Reading / Rodrigez Room + tickets $10 advance, $12 at door

CA Conrad

Leesa Cross Smith

Laurie Watel

Gina Abelkop

 

AFTER PARTY 11 PM - 1 AM / +free

location: DASHBOARD CO-OP

31 North Avenue NW

Atlanta, GA 30308

11:30 Reading

OOMPH PRESS

Amy McDaniel

 

Day 3 November 8th

location: The Goat Farm Arts Center

Foster Street NW

Atlanta, GA 30318

+parking on site, follow signs to The Letters Festival

12-1PM Book Market Coffee Happy Hour / Goodson Yard + free

12-10 PM Book Market / Goodson Yard + free

1-1:20 PM Couch Conversation with BurnAway in Book Market / Goodson Yard lounge + free

1:30-2:30 PM Poetry Workshop with Adam Robinson / Rodrigez Room + free with RSVP

2:40-3:00 PM Couch Conversation with NANO Fiction in Book Market / Goodson Yard lounge + free

3:30-4:30 PM Fiction Workshop with Margaret Patton Chapman / Rodrigez Room + free with RSVP

4:40-5:00 PM Couch Conversation with On Our Authority! Press in Book Market / Goodson Yard lounge + free

5:30-7:00 PM Discussion Panel, Female Perspectives in Independent Literature / Rodrigez Room + free RSVP encouraged

Esther Lee

Morgan Parker

Bruce Covey

Leesa Cross Smith

Aaron Burch

Moderated by Gina Abelkop

7:10-7:30 PM Couch Conversation with Deer Bear Wolf in Book Market / Goodson Yard lounge + free

8-10 PM Reading / Rodrigez Room + tickets $10 advanced, $12 door

doors 7:30

Jason Koo

Morgan Parker

Lindsay Hunter

Jamie Iredell

 

AFTER PARTY 10:30-12:30

location: Manuel’s Tavern (North Ave Room)

602 North Highland Ave NE

Atlanta, GA 30307

11:00 Reading

Adam Robinson

Margaret Chapman