New Town Revue, Friday, June 12th @ 6:30 p.m.


We’re thrilled to announce our next New Town Revue, which will be held Friday, June 12 @ 6:30 at Avid Bookshop. We’ve got a great lineup- Joni Tevis and Kristen Gleason will read and Athens all-star Don Chambers will provide the music.

Formerly a park ranger, factory worker, and seller of cemetery plots, Joni Tevis is the author of the acclaimed book of essays, The Wet Collection. Her nonfiction has been published in Oxford American, the Bellingham Review, Shenandoah, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and Orion. She teaches literature and creative writing at Furman University, and lives in Greenville, South Carolina.

Kristen Gleason (fiction) has lived in California, Montana, and northern Norway. Her fiction and poetry have appeared online and in print, most recently in Fence and the Gettysburg Review. She lives in Athens, Georgia with Lola and Neil.

Don Chambers is a musician from Athens, GA.  He was previously in the band Vaudeville. His music is “unique mix of banjo-driven rock, folk, punk, bluegrass, gospel, gut-bucket blues and field hollers”. He has released albums featuring his backing band, GOAT, as well as under his own name.


Fluke Town Revue April 10th @ Flicker Bar


Friday, April 10th at 6:30 p.m. we are stoked to announce a special Fluke Town Revue, which will be held in conjunction with the Fluke Mini-Comics and Zine Festival.  Location change to Flicker Theatre and Bar.  Robert Newsome and Patrick Dean are our readers. Emily Armond of Sea of Dogs is our musician.

Emily Armond is the brains and voice behind local folk band Sea of Dogs. She spends the rest of her time running, teaching the children, and sitting on the dogs and cats of Athens.

Robert Newsome is the editor of fanzine the Atomic Elbow and one of the co-organizers of Fluke.

Patrick Dean was born in Rome, Georgia, and relocated to Athens to attend the University of Georgia. His comics and illustrations appeared weekly in Athens’ Flagpole Magazine for a decade and have been published in Legal Action Comics, Typhon,The Comic Eye, Vice Magazine, and The Oxford American Magazine. He lives with his wife, two kids, a cat, and a dog that acts like a cat.

Thanks as always to Beth Thrasher for our flyer.  Big thanks to Eleanor Davis for co-booking, and for our illustration.

A little about our performers

We’re gearing up for Saturday’s translation-themed New Town Revue. It will be at Avid Bookshop, Feb. 21, 6:30-7:30. Here’s a little about our performers…

Bart Lemahieu is a Belgian who has lived in Athens since 1991. After years of observing American culture, he started writing in Dutch about his pre-American experience in an attempt to reconsider his past from the unique perspective of an immigrant. These writings were sculpted into poetic prose and translated into English so they could be brought to an American audience. Tonight’s event features the first public reading of some of these shorts, including translations into French. The goal is to eventually publish the entire set of 36 in Dutch, English, French and German in one binding.

Mounawar Abbouchi is a Master’s student in Comparative Literature at UGA and Fulbright scholar from Lebanon. She got her BA in English from the Lebanese American University in Beirut. She has written a bit of fiction, fairy tales, and poetry, and is currently translating a 13th century Old French poem for her MA thesis. Some of her favorite things are medieval literature and culture, origami, travelling, good food, good music, and dragons.

Geneviève Esquivié, a native of France, has been living in Athens since 1985. She has been involved in the thespian scene in Athens for about 10 years, acting at the Town & Gown Players, and more recently Rose of Athens (shows to come Feb.27-March 6).  She has three grown children, all artistic in their own ways.

Darrin Cook was born in Athens Georgia and raised in neighboring Madison County. His love for music began as a child, playing the piano and then to the drums in marching band in high school and soon after the electric bass. He studied bass at M.I.T. in California and returned to Georgia in 1986 to continue playing music with a band called the Royal Nomads, which morphed into Actively Calm as a rock group experimenting with jazz and improv. He became the principal bassist for the Athens Symphony and held that position for five years. He played with several groups, including The Purple Martins, The Athens A-Train, and The Tiny Jazz Arkestra, afterwards moving into more improvisational sound with Pocketful of Claptonite. He was the bassist for a five-year journey with the band Efren. He has performed and/or recorded with many artists, including Circulatory Systems, Heather Hennenburg, Ale Raisers, Monkey Grass Jug band, The Would Be Farmers, Breathlanes, Scott Low, and Dangfly.

Translation-Themed Revue set for Feb. 21


We are very excited to announce the next New Town Revue on Saturday, February 21, 2015, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Avid Bookshop. This will be a special translation-themed Revue.

Bart Lemahieu: Fiction (translated from Dutch)
Mounawar Abbouchi: Poetry (translated from Lebanese)
Music by Darrin Cook
Plus, hear some of the work in its original language!

Stay tuned for details.

Revue Recap: October 23

Jericho Brown and Alex Gallo-Brown came all the way from Atlanta to read, and Erin Lovett of Four Eyes played some songs. Folks said it was the best revue ever, but Deirdre and Al proved incompetent with recording.  Maybe something so magical should only be heard once.  Enjoy a few images from the evening…

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American Book Award-winner Jericho Brown headlines this Thursday’s New Town Revue

We are super excited about this Thursday’s event. Here’s a little more about our performers. Hope to see you at Avid Bookshop. Starts at 6:30.

Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Nation, The New Yorker, The New Republic, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, PLEASE, won the American Book Award, and his second book, THE NEW TESTAMENT, was recently released by Copper Canyon Press. Brown is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University.

Alex Gallo-Brown is the recipient of a 2013-2014 Walthall fellowship for emerging artists in Atlanta. His essays, poems, and stories have appeared at The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Everyday Genius, The Monarch Review, and elsewhere.

Erin Lovett, dubbed “one of Athens’ most important musical voices” by Flagpole Magazine, is the vocalist behind Four Eyes, whose new album made Flagpole’s best of 2014 list. Listen to the album at