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BurnAway Office
Atlanta, GA
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Kick Off Event
Join us at The Letters Festival 2014 Kick Off Event hosted at BurnAway featuring live readings by Kate Sweeney, Aaron Burch, Esther Lee and Jason McCall.

KATE SWEENEY lives in Atlanta where she writes and creates public radio stories. While pursuing her MFA at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, she spent time with obit writers, funeral directors and ordinary Americans who found themselves involved with death and memorialization. The result is the popular nonfiction book, American Afterlife (University of Georgia Press). About American Afterlife, Paste Magazine wrote, “Sweeney writes the perfect story for our time, in the best possible way,†and bestselling author Thomas Lynch calls the book “a reliable witness and well-wrought litany to last things and final details.

Kate's radio stories appear regularly on Atlanta's NPR station, WABE 90.1 FM, and she has won four Edward R. Murrow awards as well as a number of Associated Press awards for her work. Her writing has appeared several times in Oxford American Magazine, as well as Utne Reader Online, Atlanta Magazine, and New South, among other outlets. She is curator of the popular bimonthly nonfiction reading series, True Story, which Atlanta Magazine voted a Best Literary Event of 2012. Photograph of author by Kaylinn Gilstrap Photography.

AARON BURCH is the author of BACKSWING (short stories, Queen's Ferry Press, 2014) and the editor of HOBART: another literary journal.

ESTHER LEE  is the author of the poetry collection, Spit, winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Prize, and the chapbook, Blank Missives, by Trafficker Press. Her writing, visual art, collaborations, and book arts projects have appeared in Ploughshares, Verse Daily, Born Magazine, and elsewhere.

She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University where she served as Editor-in-Chief for Indiana Review. She has been awarded the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, the Utah Writerâ€s Contest Award for Poetry (selected by Brenda Shaughnessy), the Snowcroft Prose Prize (selected by Susan Steinberg), as well as twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She recently received her Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Utah. A Kundiman Fellow, she teaches as an assistant professor at Agnes Scott College.

JESSICA LEE RICHARDSON's short story collection, It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides, won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and is forthcoming from Fc2 this fall. Stories and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Atlas Review, Caketrain, Hobart, Indiana Review, Joyland, [PANK] and other places.


BurnAway Office (View)
261 Peters Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
United States


Arts > Literary

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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