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Reading Friday, November 7th
The Rodriguez Room of The Goat Farm Arts Center
Altanta, GA
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Reading Friday, November 7th
The Letters Festival 2014 Friday night reading presented by The Goat Farm Arts Center featuring CA Conrad, Leesa Cross-Smith, Lauren Watel and Gina Abelkop at in the Rodrigez Room. Doors 7:30pm, readings after 8:00pm

CA CONRAD is the author of seven books including ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books, 2014), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON (WAVE Books, 2012) and The Book of Frank (WAVE Books, 2010).  A 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow, he also conducts workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics.  Visit him online at

LEESA CROSS-SMITH is a homemaker and writer from Kentucky. She is the author of Every Kiss a War (Mojave River Press, 2014). Her short story collection was a finalist for both the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction (2012) and the Iowa Short Fiction Award (2012). Her short story "Whiskey & Ribbons" won Editor's Choice in Carve Magazine's Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (2011) and was listed as a notable story for storySouth's Million Writers Award. Her work has appeared in places like SmokeLong Quarterly, The Rumpus, Little Fiction, Longform Fiction, Carve Magazine, Monkeybicycle, Pithead Chapel, Gigantic Sequins, Folio, Midwestern Gothic, Juked, NANO Fiction, Word Riot, Sundog Lit, and many others. She and her husband Loran run a literary magazine called WhiskeyPaper. Find more @ and

LAUREN WATEL's fiction was awarded the 2012 Mississippi Review Prize and the 2005 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from Poets and Writers. It has appeared in Ploughshares, Five Points, and New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing and is forthcoming in Mississippi Review. My poetry and translations have been published in TriQuarterly, Five Points, Poetry International, and Painted Bride Quarterly and are forthcoming in Slate, the anthology One for the Money, and The Collected Poems of Marcel Proust.

GINA ABELKOP is the author of, i eat cannibals (forthcoming from coimpress, 2014), darling beastlettes (apostrophe books, 2012) & trollops in love (dancing girl press 2011); founder/editor of birds of lace, a feminist press. i tumblr things that make me happy over here. twittering happens here. i co-edited prayers for children.


The Rodriguez Room of The Goat Farm Arts Center (View)
1200 Foster St.
Altanta, GA 30318
United States


Arts > Literary

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


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