Usually I'm the one who hosts visiting writers and worries over the details. But Thursday night I was on the other end of the experience––I gave a reading for New South at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Laura Beasley, the poetry editor, was communicative throughout the weeks before the reading. People I know in Atlanta contacted me because they had seen publicity in the newspapers.
Several generations of former students who now live or work in Atlanta attended the reading. Though Laura was worried about attendance (the reading was the day before their spring break), the hall was packed.
The bookstore was there with my recent books. The audience was responsive and friendly. It was all good! I felt very appreciated.
It's good to be on the other side of the table once in awhile. Thank you New South, and especially Laura Beasley--but also thanks to everyone who attended! And to the mother who brought her seven year old son, but told me it was fine to read the poem about Kapo's detachable vagina! That little boy got something of an education from The Love That Moves Me!
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.