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 14 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 Atlanta, 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
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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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
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
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
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