Atlanta poet Franklin Abbott hosts a special evening of readings by some of Atlanta’s favorite writers, all of whom have previously appeared at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p. m. As Outwrite will soon be moving to a new location, the Last Tango at 10th & Piedmont will likely be the final night of author readings at Outwrite’s current home. Outwrite is located at 991 Piedmont Ave., at the corner of Tenth St. in Midtown. This event is free and open to the public.
Writers scheduled to appear:
• Hollis Gillespie is a much-loved if irreverent and hilarious observer of life. Formerly a long-time columnist for Creative Loafing and now an Atlanta Magazine contributor, her books include Trailer Trashed, Confessions of a Recovering Slut, and Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch.
• Karen Head, an Atlanta native and professor at Georgia Tech, is the award-winning author of Sassing, My Paris Year, and Shadow Boxes. Her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies around the world.
• Collin Kelley is a poet, playwright and author of the novels Remain in Light and Conquering Venus. His poetry collections include Slow to Burn, After the Poison, and Better to Travel. He’s the editor of Atlanta INtown newpaper.
• Don Perryman is a retired English teacher who grew up in west Georgia, attended Georgia State University, and has lived in Roswell for the last 25 years. His interests vary widely from poetry to backpacking, yoga, dream study, travel, performing weddings, star-gazing, and frolicking with the Radical Faeries.
• Mose Hardin, born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, has spent the last 22 years in Atlanta. After attending the Art Institute of Atlanta, he began working for A&M Records, BMG Distribution, and finally created his own independent online marketing company. After losing his partner of two years to an untimely death Mose decided to write his journey to recovery in his debut poetry book Namaste Mose. His second and third poetry books, Love Infinity volume 1 & 2 soon followed.
• Daniel Helminiak, a Pittsburgh native, is author of the Outwrite’s all-time bestselling book, What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality as well as Meditation Without Myth. Holding a Ph.D. in psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in theology from Boston College and Andover Newton Theological School, Helminiak teaches sexuality and spirituality in the Department of Psychology at the University of West Georgia. His areas of special interest are post-childhood development and human sexuality.
Host Franklin Abbott, an Atlanta psychotherapist in private practice, has been writing poetry since his college days at Macon’s Mercer University. A collection of his poetry, Mortal Love, was published in 1999 by RFD Press. He has also edited a number of anthologies on gender, the latest of which is Boyhood: Growing Up Male. Abbott has given readings around the world and most recently published his collection, Pink Zinnia: Poems and Stories.