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Waffle House Poet Laureate Karen Head

Waffle House has an official poet laureate. For real.

The phrase “scattered, smothered, and covered” has a certain poetic ring, so it’s fitting that Waffle House has its own poet laureate.
Poet Jericho Brown

Q&A: Poet Jericho Brown on Atlanta’s poetry community, black masculinity, and the politics of love

Jericho Brown has emerged as one of Atlanta’s most prominent poets. Here, the Emory University professor chats about black masculinity, the politics of love, and how his students surprise him.
Georgia Poet Laureate’s Prize

Georgia Poet Laureate’s Prize 2019: Meet the winner and finalists

Launched in 2014 by Judson Mitcham in collaboration with the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Georgia Poet Laureate's Prize is an annual program designed to encourage works by teen writers. Read the works of the 2019 winner and finalists.
Word Art

How John Carroll discovered blackout poetry and accidentally built a community of hope

Years ago, when John Carroll felt hopeless and alone, he discovered blackout poetry—turning newspapers and book pages into poetry by blacking out words with a marker. Now, with tens of thousands of people following his Instagram, Carroll is demystifying what it means to be an artist, a poet, and a person who struggles with mental health issues.
Georgia Poet Laureate’s Prize

Georgia Poet Laureate’s Prize 2018: Meet the winner and finalists

Launched in 2014 by Judson Mitcham, the state's poet laureate, in collaboration with the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Georgia Poet Laureate's Prize is an annual program designed to encourage works by teen writers. Read the works of the 2018 winner and finalists.
Georgia Poet Lauerate's Prize

Georgia Poet Laureate’s Prize 2017: Meet the winner and finalists

Launched in 2014 by Judson Mitcham, the state's poet laureate, in collaboration with the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Georgia Poet Laureate's Prize is an annual program designed to encourage works by teen writers. Read the works of the 2017 winner and finalists.
National Poetry Slam

National Poetry Slam comes to Decatur: Meet two local poets

At the National Poetry Slam (August 1-6)—taking place in Georgia for the first time this year—more than a thousand rhymers and freestylers will face off in a spoken word death match.
Georgia Poet Laureate's Prize 2016

Georgia Poet Laureate’s Prize 2016: Meet the winner and finalists

Launched in 2014 by Judson Mitcham, the state's poet laureate, in collaboration with the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Georgia Poet Laureate's Prize is an annual program designed to encourage works by teen writers. Read the works of the 2016 winner and finalists.

Georgia Poet Laureate’s Prize 2015: Meet the winner and finalists

Launched last year by Judson Mitcham, the state's poet laureate, in collaboration with the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Georgia Poet Laureate Prize is an annual program designed to encourage teen writers.

Georgia’s poet laureate recognizes young poets with new award

“Poetry is made of language under pressure—words chosen with precision and charged with meaning,” says Judson Mitcham, Georgia’s poet laureate. This spring, Mitcham and the Georgia Council for the Arts debut the Poet Laureate’s Prize, to be awarded for an original poem written by a state high school student.

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