F159. Georgia Poetry Circuit at 35: Creating the Sustainable Reading Series

Room 211, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


In 2020, the Georgia Poetry Circuit (GPC) celebrates 35 years of continuous poetry programming across the state of Georgia. In this panel, current and former directors of the GPC, participating touring poets, and the director of the Florida Writer’s Circuit, modeled on the GPC, will address the rewards as well as the pitfalls to avoid in using the consortium model to create an affordable reading series adapted to local and institutional needs. Significant time will be left for Q&A with the audience.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_GPC_AWP_outline_to_post.pdf



Sandra Meek is the author of six books of poetry, including Still, An Ecology of Elsewhere, and the Dorset Prize–winning Biogeography. Georgia Poetry Circuit Director since 2007, she has received an NEA fellowship, the PSA’s Lucille Medwick Award, and three Georgia Author of the Year Awards.

Rick Campbell's books of poetry are Gunshot, Peacock, Dog, The History of Steel, Dixmont, The Traveler's Companion, and Setting the World in Order. His poems and essays have appeared in the Georgia Review and other journals. He directs the Florida Literary Arts Coalition.

Gordon Johnston is a poet, fiction writer, and former journalist who directs the creative writing major and minor and is professor of English at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He directed the Georgia Poetry Circuit from 1996 until 2007.

James Davis May is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Young Harris College and the author of Unquiet Things.

Sholeh Wolpé is an Iranian-born poet and writer. Her literary work numbers over twelve collections of poetry, translations, and anthologies, as well as several plays. Her most recent books include The Conference of the Birds and Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center