Top row: Ed Pavli?, Aliki Barnstone. Bottom row: Ilya Kaminsky and Cecilia Woloch. (Courtesy Georgia Tech)

The School of Literature, Media and Communication of Ivan Allan College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech will host free poetry readings by the four finalists selected to hold the Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne Chair in Poetry. All of the readings will be held at the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, 500 10th Street, at 7 p.m. The award-winning lineup of poets includes Ed Pavli? (Jan. 9), Aliki Barnstone (Jan. 16), Ilya Kaminsky (Jan. 23) and Cecilia Woloch (Jan. 30). The poet selected will assume the chair originated by the late Thomas Lux. For bios and more information on the finalists, visit this link.

On Jan. 10, The Wren’s Nest will debut its monthly literary series, Beyond Books. The series is scheduled for the second Wednesday of each month, beginning at 7 p.m. at this historic West End home of Joel Chandler Harris located at 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., SW The series is free and open to the public. The lineup of writers includes: Mark Pendergrast (Jan. 10), Jim Auchmutey (Febr. 14), Tina McElroy Ansa (March 14) and Jessica Handler (April 4). The April 4 event will also honor the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  To stay up to date on the Beyond Books schedule, visit

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.