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I hope to touch others in some positive way through my poetry. My poetry book, Untying the Knot (Aldrich Press, 2014) tells the story of the end of a long marriage and the healing. Poet Tom Lux says it's written with "grace, humor and self-awareness and without a dollop of self-pity," and Poet William Wright says the book "possesses the potential to teach us ways to navigate and ultimately transcend the difficulties of divorce and the feelings of loss and grief such division engenders." To support poets and writers, I host a critique group in Atlanta and a Writers' Night Out in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
F. Geoffrey Johnson, poet and visual artist has self published two collections of poetry, SMELLS I SEE, 142 pp., 2004 and RESTORATION, 148 pp., 2005. Recently published poetry can be found in African American Review, Volume 46.1 (Spring 2013); Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, Vol. 5, (Aquarius Press, 2011), Java Monkey Speaks: A Poetry Anthology, Vol. 4, (Poetry Atlanta Press, 2011); Encounters: Poems About Race, Ethnicity and Identity (Skinner House Books, 2010); Mythium Literary Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2010); Black Magnolias Literary Journal, Winter (2008 & Fall 2010); KARA WALKER—NO / KARA WALKER—YES / KARA WALKER—? (Midmarch Arts Press, 2009); The Caribbean Writer, International Literary Anthology, Volume 22 (University of the Virgin Islands, 2008); CRUX: A conversation in words and images/South Africa to South USA, Anthology (Fulton County, GA, 2007). “I use visual art as a second language. Together, both mediums complement each other helping me fulfill my purpose as an artist”.
Fiction Writer, Poet
Collin Kelley is the author of The Venus Trilogy of novels Conquering Venus, Remain In Light (a 2012 finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction and Georgia Author of the Year for Fiction) and Leaving Paris. His poetry collections include Better To Travel, the spoken word album HalfLife Crisis, Slow To Burn, After the Poison and Render, which was honored by the American Library Association and named one of the best books of 2013 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. A recipient of the Georgia Author the Year Award, Deep South Festival of Writers Award and Goodreads Poetry Award, Kelley's poetry, essays, interviews and reviews have appeared in magazines and journals around the world.
Fiction Writer, Poet
ANTHONY KELLMAN is a writer and musician, and Emeritus Professor of English & Creative Writing at Augusta University. He is the author of five books of poetry, Watercourse, The Long Gap, Wings of a Stranger, Limestone (the first published epic poem from the island of Barbados), and South Eastern Stages. He is also the author of two novels, The Coral Rooms and The Houses of Alphonso; and four CDs of original music two of which are companions to his books Wings of a Stranger and Limestone. His awards include a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship (USA) and The Prime Minister's award (Barbados). His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in literary periodicals in the USA, the Caribbean, Canada, England, Wales, India, Venezuela, Cuba, and Brazil. He is also the editor of the first full-length U.S anthology of English-language Caribbean poetry Crossing Water: Contemporary Poetry of the English-Speaking Caribbean (1992) and is the originator of the Barbados poetic form Tuk Verse.