If you haven’t been to The Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta you’re missing a unique creation of steel and wood and nature and technology that hosts wonderful art of all kinds from exhibitions to plays to literary festivals. This past week Scott Daughtridge’s monthly reading series Lost in the Letters hosted the first ever The Letters Festival and was organized by Scott, Stephanie Dowda and Alex Gallo Brown. I was truly blown away by their line up of readers/speakers who you can check out on the TLF site.
I was invited to be one of the ‘secret’ readers which meant those who attended the reading had no idea who the hell was reading, a really novel and interesting concept.gamble.surprise. ( I mean I can officially say I was a surprise:). And I was humbled that audience bought tickets to be there! The secret reading took place in a open warehouse sort of setting with red lighting and there was even (unintentional) live music provided, every few minutes, by the train going by– kept reminding me, from some reason I’m still trying to fathom, of Anna Karenina in a white tulle dress running in front of a train (morbid mind, mine). I read a brand new short short, a prose poem and, for the first time, from my novel! Fellow secret readers Bruce Covey and Johannes Göransson read some stellar poetry, and Chad Prevost read a funny essay about being a tenure track professor.
If you missed The Letters Festival this year– here’s to hoping there will be many more!!