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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Sep 01 2017 to Sep 03 2017
AJC Decatur Book Festival
The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children's area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more.
 
The DBF is a community based non-profit that counts on your donations to operate each year. We are a 501(c)3 and your donation is tax deductible.
 
For more information, visit their website here.
5:00pm to 5:45pm
101 E Court Square
30030 Decatur, 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
Oct 12 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!

 

7:30am
980 Briarcliff Rd NE
30306 Atlanta, Georgia

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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
Out of the hills of Habersham,
Down the valleys of Hall,
I hurry amain to reach the plain,
Run the rapid and leap the fall,
Split at the rock and together again,
Accept my bed, or narrow or wide,
And flee from folly on every side
With a lover's pain to attain the plain
Far from the hills of Habersham,
Far from
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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
The shrimping boats are late today;
The dusk has caught them cold.
Swift darkness gathers up the sun,
And all the beckoning gold
That guides them safely into port
Is lost beneath the tide.
Now the lean moon swings overhead,
And Venus, salty-eyed.

They will be late an hour or more,
The fishermen, blaming dark's