UGA will host five of the top poets in Georgia in a poetry reading and discussion series this month. The poets will participate in the third annual Seat in the Shade: A Poetry Reading Series at Hendershot’s Coffee in downtown Athens.
The series, which was founded and is hosted by Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, a professor of language and literacy education in the College of Education, will feature poets on June 19 and 20 at 5 p.m. and June 24-26 at 7 p.m. Hendershot’s Coffee is located at 237 Prince Ave. The event is open free to the public.
Cahnmann-Taylor developed the summer poetry reading series two years ago in conjunction with her Advanced Poetry for Educators graduate class.
Featured poets and their appearance dates are: Thomas Lux, June 19, 5 p.m.; Sandra Meek, June 20, 5 p.m.; Katie Chaple and Travis Denton, June 24, 7 p.m.; and Cherryl T. Cooley, June 25, 7 p.m. The finale on June 26 at 7 p.m., “Poetry by and for Educators: Readings from the Collective,” will feature UGA educators and poets led by Cahnmann-Taylor.