In 1925, Georgia established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Judson Mitcham, who was appointed in 2012. Mitcham is the author of several poetry collections, including A Little Salvation: Poems Old and New (University of Georgia Press, 2007).

In 2016, Hank Stewart was named poet laureate of Atlanta, Georgia.

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May 08 2019
Creating Pathways to Healing A Poetry Celebration

Charlie Norwood VA Center and Poetry Matters Project collaborate to bring healing to veterans through poetry. The reading will be emceed by local newscaster Stephanie Lopez of Fox 54. Readings by project founder Lucinda Clark and local veterans. For more information contact [email protected].

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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...



        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

An unemployed
An unemployed machinist
who travelled
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
into a police station
walking into a police station
yesterday and said
and said:

"I'm tired
of being scared
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