New Town with Rob Spillman, Garrard Conley, and Erin Lovett

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Don’t miss the next New Town! Rob Spillman, editor of Tin House and author of the amazing memoir All Tomorrow’s Parties, about a young man discovering his place in the world and in the arts, is reading with Garrard Conley.  Conley, who grew up in a fundamentalist Southern community, wrote a devastating memoir called Boy Erased, about his time in a gay conversion therapy program.
Erin Lovett of Four Eyes is providing our music. Stoked!
Check out these interviews with Rob in Electric Lit and Garrard in the Rumpus by New Town’s Deirdre Sugiuchi.
It all happens at Avid Bookshop, September 1, @ 6:30.  See you there!

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

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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.

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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Revue Recap: August 16- Jessica Comola, Tim Earley, Sabrina Orah Mark, Thayer Sarrano

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Jessica Comola and Tim Earley visited from Oxford, MS. Sabrina Orah Mark and Thayer Sarrano represented Athens. They all rocked!

Thanks to Bart Lemahieu for audio, Beth Hall Thrasher for the design, & to Janet, Rachel, and all of Avid for hosting.

Saturday, August 16, New Town Revue with Sabrina Orah Mark, Tim Earley, Jessica Comola, with music by Thayer Sarrano

NTRAug2014 Sabrina Orah Mark is the author of the poetry collections The Babies and Tsim Tsum. Her poems and stories have recently appeared or are forthcoming in American Short Fiction, B O D Y, The Believer, The Collagist, Black Warrior Review, and in the anthology My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales. She lives in Athens, Georgia with her husband, Reginald McKnight, and their two sons.

Jessica Comola is from Austin, Texas. She is the author of the chapbook, What Kind of Howly Divine (Horse Less Press, 2014). Her work has appeared in Anti-, Smoking Glue Gun, Booat, Everyday Genius, EOAGH, E-ratio, and Painted Bride Quarterly. She lives, teaches, and co-hosts the Trobar Ric Reading Series in Oxford, Mississippi.
Tim Earley is the author of the poetry collections, Boondoggle, The Spooking of Mavens, and Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery (Horse Less Press, 2014), as well as a limited edition chapbook, Catfish Poems (Delete Press, 2013). His poems have appeared in Chicago Review, Colorado Review, jubilat, Caketrain, Dreginald, Bestoned, New Orleans Review, and many other journals and anthologies. He teaches for Ole Miss Online and the Fine Arts Work Center’s Online Writing Program and co-hosts the Trobar Ric Reading Series in Oxford, Mississippi.

Thanks to Beth Hall Thrasher of Thrasher Photo and Design for our flyer. <3!

Revue Recap: Jeff Jackson, Megan McShea, & Jim Wilson

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The March New Town Revue with Megan McShea, Jeff Jackson, & Jim Wilson (plus Jason Trahan and Peter Urchick) rocked our world! Special thanks to NTR intern Erin Cheatham for promotion and photography, to Beth Hall Thrasher for our gorgeous flyer, … Continue reading

Saturday, March 29, New Town Revue with Jeff Jackson, Megan McShea, and James A. Wilson

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Saturday, March 29, New Town Revue with Jeff Jackson, Megan McShea, and James A. Wilson We can hardly wait for the next New Town Revue featuring Jeff Jackson, author of Mira Corpora, poet Megan McShea, who wrote A Mountain City of Toad Splendor, and Athens’ own James A. Wilson providing music. Show begins at 6:30. Don’t be late!

Jeff Jackson is the author of the novel MIRA CORPORA, published by Two Dollar Radio. It’s a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and made various “Best of 2013” lists, including Salon, Slate, and Flavorwire. His short fiction has appeared in Guernica, Vice, and The Collagist. Five of his plays have been produced by the Obie Award-winning Collapsable Giraffe company in New York City. His website is www.deathofliterature.com

Megan McShea is the author of A Mountain City of Toad Splendor, put out by Publishing Genius Press in 2013, and she recently published a book of collaborative writing called Ancient Party. Both books were compiled during residencies at the Hambidge Center. Her writing has recently appeared in Shattered Wig ReviewWORMS Quarterly, Furious Season, and the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s “Poetry and Conversation” blog.

Multi- instrumentalist Jim Wilson has played with Taxicab Verses, Moths, and so many more. Pete Urchick and Jason Trahan will join him.

*Poster design by Beth Hall Thrasher. Thanks Beth!