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Paul Hostovsky is final Georgia Poetry Circuit reader for 2012-13

Athens, Ga. – Paul Hostovsky, who makes his living in Boston as a sign language interpreter at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, has been making a lot of noise in the poetry publishing world of late, with four full-length books in the past five years. On April 11, Hostovsky will bring his energy to a 7 p.m. Georgia Poetry Circuit reading at Ciné, 234 W. Hancock Ave., in downtown Athens.

The Circuit has been bringing nationally known poets to Athens and other Georgia cities for nearly 30 years; the local liaison throughout this time has been The Georgia Review, the University of Georgia’s internationally regarded quarterly journal of arts and letters.

Hostovsky’s rush of books has included Bending the Notes (2008), Dear Truth (2009), A Little in Love a Lot (2011) and Hurt into Beauty (2012); the first three of these collections are from Main Street Rag, the most recent from FutureCycle Press. Hostovsky has also published four chapbooks: Sonnets from South Mountain, The Best Lunches, Dusk Outside the Braille Press and That Light.

Commentators on Hostovsky’s work most frequently mention his use of humor in service of serious subject matter, his skill with narrative and his unpretentiously strong commitment to craft. Joe Well has written that “Paul Hostovsky negotiates a territory not far removed from the casual speaking style of Frank O’Hara and the humor and simplicity of Paul Zimmer, but he is not a mere hybrid of these two fine poets. He represents what is best about clarity in poetry.”

Additional information about Paul Hostovsky and his poems is available at, and an exclusive interview conducted by The Georgia Review Assistant Editor David Ingle is at

Hostovsky’s books will be available for purchase at the reading.