The Georgia Review hosts Earth Day festivities at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia

The Georgia Review hosts Earth Day festivities at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Review will honor Earth Day 2009 with readings, music and refreshments on Wednesday, April 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia’s Cecil B. Day Chapel. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is located at2450 South Milledge Avenue. This event is free and open to the public.

“The botanical garden’s beautiful environs will provide an ideal setting to celebrate The Georgia Review’s newly released Spring 2009 issue,” said Stephen Corey, editor. “It includes an important special feature entitled ‘Culture and the Environment-A Conversation in Five Essays,’ which is comprised of new work by Scott Russell Sanders, Alison Hawthorne Deming, David Gessner, Reg Saner, and Lauret Edith Savoy.”

Coleman Barks, Athens’ internationally acclaimed poet and Rumi translator, will read from his own work and from the new issue. He will be joined on the program by Milledgeville-based poet Alice Friman, a regular voice in the pages of the Review, and by Athens artist Terry Rowlett, whose striking new paintings grace the cover and interior of the Spring issue. Rowlett will discuss the creation of his works, several of which will be on display.

A reception will follow on the ground floor of the chapel and, weather permitting, will extend onto the outdoor patio. Music will be provided by Carl Lindberg, local award-winning jazz guitarist and son of the late Stanley W. Lindberg, editor of The Georgia Review from 1977-2000.

Refreshments will be provided by Boutier Winery of Danielsville, and Earth Fare of Athens, and shade-grown coffee served by the botanical garden staff will round out the evening.

Tours of the new flower garden will be available from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and the garden’s numerous trails will be open.

For more information, see http://www.uga.edu/garev/ or call 706/542-3481.