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The Georgia Review to host readings in NYC

A bit of Athens is heading to the Big Apple this month! UGA’s award-winning Georgia Review will travel north in May to host two readings for alumni and friends in the New York City area. Both events, one in Brooklyn and the other in Manhattan, are free to the public and will be emceed by Review editor Stephen Corey.

At 7 p.m. on Friday, May 17, The Georgia Review will present poet and critic Edward Butscher, poet Sharon Dolin and essayist Martha G. Wiseman at Melville House in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. Here is some brief biographical information about these three writers:

Edward Butscher is the author of one of the earliest biographies of Sylvia Plath (Sylvia Plath: Method and Madness, 1976, reprinted 2004) and of Conrad Aiken: Poet of the White Horse Vale (1988), and he has written many reviews on a wide variety of books for The Georgia Review.

Sharon Dolin's fifth poetry collection, Whirlwind, was released last year by the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is currently a visiting professor of creative writing at Hofstra University and the director of the Center for Book Arts annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition.

Martha G. Wiseman, who teaches at Skidmore College, has been a dancer and choreographer, a theater student, and an editor. Wiseman has published two essays in The Georgia Review, “In Rehearsal” and “In the Flesh,” both having to do with her growing up in an artistic family circle that included her actor father Joseph Wiseman and her namesake godmother Martha Graham.

On Sunday, May 19, also at 7 p.m., the Review will present fiction writer René Houtrides, essayist and poet Laura McCullough, and poet Jane McKinley at the Juilliard School. Here’s some information about those Review contributors:

René Houtrides, whose first published short story, “Knife, Barn, My Harvey,” appeared in The Georgia Review (Spring 2007) and was followed by “Griffonia” (Winter 2012). She is an actor and a playwright, and currently teaches in the drama division of the Juilliard School.

Laura McCullough is the editor of two forthcoming anthologies, The Room and the World: Essays on the Poet Stephen Dunn (Syracuse University Press, January 2014) and an as-yet-untitled collection on race and poetry (University of Georgia Press, fall 2014). Her essay on and her interview with Stephen Dunn appeared as part of “Many a Beautiful Strangeness,” a Dunn feature in the Summer 2011 Georgia Review.

Jane McKinley's poetry collection Vanitas (Texas Tech University Press, 2011), won the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize. The title piece from this volume appeared first in The Georgia Review.

The Georgia Reviewwas founded at UGA in 1947 and has been published in Athens ever since. During that time, it has been ranked among the top literary journals in the country. Therefore, I know these special events will be extremely interesting for UGA alumni and friends who live in the New York City area. I encourage our Bulldogs in the Big Apple to take advantage of this opportunity to experience the Review’s goal of “bringing the finest writers to the best readers!”

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Students with intellectual or developmental disabilities will soon be able to enjoy the full UGA experience with the launch of a new inclusive post-secondary education program, Destination Dawgs, beginning in spring 2017.

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