Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Review, one of the country’s most highly regarded and longest-lived literary journals, has more subscribers in the New York City area than in any entire state other than its home base of Georgia. So, to honor those readers and some of the many Review contributors who also live in and around the city, the journal is presenting four programs around Manhattan and Brooklyn in early May.
On May 6 at 7 p.m., essayist Martha Graham Wiseman, fiction writer Anna Solomon, and poet Jane McKinley will read in the Kaufman Dance Studio of the Juilliard School, located at 60 Lincoln Center Plaza.
On May 8 at 4 p.m., poet/playwright/humorist Louis Phillips, poet Kyoko Uchida, and poet/essayist Stephen Corey-who also is the editor of The Georgia Review-will read at Union Hall, 702 Union Street (at Fifth Avenue) in Brooklyn.
On May 10, from 6 -7:30 p.m., The Georgia Review will be the featured publication for the monthly “Periodically Speaking” series, sponsored by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses in the periodicals room of the main branch of the New York Public Library. The topic of discussion, “A Mag in the Hand Is Worth Two on the Screen-Or Is It?,” will be explored by The Georgia Review editor Stephen Corey, assistant editor David Ingle, and contributors William Giraldi, Kathleen Graber, and Lynn Schmeidler. These three authors will open the program with brief readings from their works, and the panel conversation will follow.
On May 11 at 7 p.m., the award-winning poets Margaret Gibson and Michael Waters will read for the Review at Poets House, located at 10 River Terrace in lower Manhattan.
More about the readers at the Juilliard School:
Wiseman has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her essay “In Rehearsal,” about growing up in a family and family circle of professional artists, appeared in the Winter 2009 issue of The Georgia Review, and a new essay is forthcoming in the journal later this year. In the past, Wiseman has been a dancer and choreographer, a theater student, and an editor; currently she teaches English at Skidmore College.
McKinley’s poetry collection, Vanitas, was published by Texas Tech University Press early in 2011 and is the latest winner of the prestigious Walt McDonald First-Book Prize. A handful of the poems in the book, including the title piece, appeared first in The Georgia Review (Fall 2009 and Fall 2010). McKinley also is a professional oboist serving as artistic director of the Dryden Ensemble, a Baroque chamber music group based in Princeton, N.J.
Solomon, a former Brooklyn resident now living in Providence, R.I., has published two stories in The Georgia Review as well as essays and other stories in the New York Times Magazine, Harvard Review, One Story, and elsewhere. Winner of a Pushcart Prize and the Missouri Review Editor’s Prize, Solomon has a novel, The Little Bride, coming out in September from Riverhead Books.
More about the readers at Union Hall:
Phillips, a longtime Manhattan resident, is a widely published poet, short-story writer, humorist/satirist, and playwright, two of whose one-act plays have been printed in The Georgia Review. The most recent of his many books are Fireworks in Some Particulars (Fort Schuyler Press), The Woman Who Wrote King Lear (Pleasure Boat Studio), and The Kilroy Sonata (Word Audience).
Uchida’s poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, Grand Street, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other magazines, as well as the anthology Stories in the Stepmother Tongue (White Pine Press). Reared in Japan, Canada, and the United States, Uchida currently lives in Brooklyn. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University.
Corey, editor of The Georgia Review, has published nine poetry collections as well as numerous individual essays, poems, and reviews in such periodicals as American Poetry Review and Poets & Writers. His most recent book is There Is No Finished World (White Pine Press).
More about the readers and panelists for CLMP’s “Periodically Speaking” at the main branch of the New York Public Library:
Giraldi, a former New York City resident, currently lives in Boston, where he teaches at Boston University and is senior fiction editor of AGNI. He has published essays on fiction writers Lee K. Abbott and George Singleton in The Georgia Review, and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many other periodicals-among them the New York Times Book Review, Yale Review, and Salmagundi. Giraldi’s first novel, Busy Monsters, will be out from W. W. Norton in August.
Graber’s second book of poems, The Eternal City (Princeton University Press, 2010)-a portion of which appeared in The Georgia Review-was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the William Carlos Williams Award. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and other organizations, Graber teaches creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Schmeidler’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Chelsea, Mid-American Review, Brevity, and other journals. Her short story “The Speed of Dark,” from The Georgia Review, was a Pushcart Prize nominee. A former faculty member of the Writers Studio in Manhattan, Schmeidler now teaches workshops in Westchester.
Corey is the editor of The Georgia Review, with which he has worked in various capacities since 1983.
Ingle has served as an assistant editor of The Georgia Review for the past decade.
More about the readers at Poets House:
Gibson is the author of ten poetry collections, all from Louisiana State University Press. They include Long Walks in the Afternoon, the Lamont Prize winner in 1982; Memories of the Future: The Daybooks of Tina Modotti, co-winner of the Melville Cane Award in 1986; The Vigil, a finalist for the National Book Award in 1993; One Body, winner of the Connecticut Center for the Book Award in 2008; and her latest, Second Nature (2010). Gibson, who lives in Preston, Conn., also has published a memoir, The Prodigal Daughter (University of Missouri Press, 2008). Her work has been appeared in The Georgia Review with regularity over the past thirty-plus years.
Waters’ most recent books, all from BOA Editions, are Gospel Night (2011); Darling Vulgarity, a 2006 finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (2001). He also has served as co-editor for two anthologies, Contemporary American Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2008) and Perfect in Their Art: Poems on Boxing from Homer to Ali (Southern Illinois University Press, 2003). Waters teaches at Monmouth University and in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation.
For more information on The Georgia Review, see http://www.uga.edu/garev/.