Georgia

An award-winning poet and novelist, Judson Mitcham was named poet laureate of Georgia in 2012 by Governor Nathan Deal. His writings, which examine basic human themes within the specific landscape of Georgia, are both poignant and powerful. Although much of Mitcham's educational background is centered in psychology, Mitcham has taught workshops in poetry and fiction at Mercer University, and has also served as adjunct professor of creative writing at the University of Georgia and at Emory University, where he has directed the Summer Writers' Institute.

upcoming events

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Nov 02 2017
Poetry at Tech: An Evening of Poetry with Victoria Chang, Anis Mojgani, and Matt Hart
Featuring:
 
Victoria Chang
Anis Mojgani
Matt Hart
 
This event is free and open to the public, no tickets or reservations required.
 
There is plenty of free parking available just in front of the building's entrance or through the gate, which is straight ahead as you turn off 10th Street.
 
 
7:30pm
500 Tenth Street, NW
Robert C. Williams Museum of Paper Making
30309 Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 09 2017
Poetry Night - Two Guest Poets
Come enjoy a night of poetry in the Library of the historic Candler Mansion at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center!
 
Tickets are sold at the door, cash or check only at this time. Admission is $5, or free for Callanwolde members!
7:30pm
980 Briarcliff Rd NE
30306 Georgia

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Poetry in Georgia
Judson Mitcham
Georgia poet laureate

Judson Mitcham

Judson Mitcham is the author of A Little Salvation: Poems Old and New (University of Georgia Press, 2007), Sabbath Creek (University of Georgia Press...

poems

poem
Hair--braided chestnut,
     coiled like a lyncher's rope,
Eyes--fagots,
Lips--old scars, or the first red blisters,
Breath--the last sweet scent of cane,
And her slim body, white as the ash
     of black flesh after flame.
poem

        at The Funeral for 13,000; Andersonville
         Historic Site, September 19, 2015

Every prayer once prayed here is still in the air,
but there is also that old wine of astonishment, caught
in the throat. So who are we to have gathered here,
even in praise, even humbled

poem
An unemployed
machinist
An unemployed machinist
who travelled
here
who travelled here
from Georgia
from Georgia 10 days ago
10 days ago
and could not find
a job
and could not find a job
walked
into a police station
walking into a police station
yesterday and said
yesterday
and said:

"I'm tired
of being scared
I