Welcome to Charis Books and More,
the South's oldest independent feminist bookstore. Celebrating 40 years of feminism and independent voices!
We specialize in diverse and unique children's books.
Feminist and cultural studies books.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer fiction
We will gladly order any book in print.
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Atlanta, GA 30307 located in the heart of the Little 5 Points business district
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an accessible (and gender neutral) bathroom, ramp, and shelves on wheels. We
have one van accessible parking spot.
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Charis is so excited to celebrate the publication of Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam's Call. The book was born out of a series of conversations, panel discussions, debates, and dinners with friends, colleagues and comrades over the years, assessing the impact and legacy of Joseph Beam and the writers of the In the Life generation. This anthology aims to bring that dazzling history of the black gay arts movement of the 1980s front and center to contemporary Black gay life. Black Gay Genius consists of writers, scholars, and activists responding toIn the Life and the influence of Joseph Beam. Join us in welcoming editor and moderator Charles Stephens readers: Jericho Brown, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Colin Robinson and Craig Washington. The suggested donation is $5.
1) Charles Stephens (moderator) -Charles Stephens is the Director of the Counter Narrative Project and co-editor of the anthology Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam's Call. He was the Conference Coordinator for the 2014 “Whose Beloved Community? Black Civil and LGBT Rights Conference” hosted by Emory University, and in 2013 served as a Grand Marshall for the Atlanta LGBT Pride Parade. Charles is a columnist for Georgia Voice and has a Huffington Post Gay Voices blog. His writing has also appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Creative Loafing, The Gay and Lesbian Review, Alternet, and WireTap.
2) Jericho Brown- Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal. He is an associate professor in English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta.
3) Alexis Pauline Gumbs- Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black troublemaker, a black feminist love evangelist, and a time traveller and space cadet. Alexis is the founder of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind intergalactic community school and the co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming experiential archive amplifying generations of Black Queer Brilliance. A founding member of UBUNTU (a women of color survivor-led coalition to end gendered violence in Durham, NC), Alexis is a prison abolitionist and a marriage abolitionist. Alexis earned her PhD in English, Black Studies and Women's Studies at Duke University in 2010 and Too Sexy for 501 C3 trophy soon thereafter. Alexis is published widely on topics including abolition, black queer studies, black feminism, caribbean women's literature, critical black diaspora studies and more. She widely published in literary, scholarly and activist publications and is recently featured in Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Activists and is co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines which will be available from PM Press in Fall 2015.
4) Colin Robinson was an organizer and publisher with Other Countries; an editor of Think Again, Blackheart 3 and NCBLG’s Black/Out: We Are Family; and on the film production team of Tongues Untied. A columnist for Trinidad & Tobago’s Sunday Guardian, his writing has appeared in dance by Ronald K Brown’s Evidence and at Toenails of Steel & Ruby Red Text; films by Marlon Riggs and Sekou Charles; and popular, scholarly, policy and literary anthologies and periodicals. Chief staff officer with Gay Men of African Descent, the New York State Black Gay Network, T&T’s Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation (CAISO) and the Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders & Sexualities, he co-founded the Audre Lorde Project and Caribbean Pride. His poetry appears most recently in Coming Up Hot, an anthology co-published by Brooklyn’s Akashic Books; and Manhood at the Oval is forthcoming from Peepal Tree Press in the UK. He has lived in Leeds, Diego Martin and Brooklyn. He blogs on Wordpress at onenationmanybodies.
5) Craig Washington-Craig Washington was born and lovingly raised by Anna and Leon Washington in Queens, New York and has lived in Atlanta since 1992. At AID Atlanta, a multi-service AIDS organization, he serves as a Prevention Programs Manager. Craig oversees three HIV prevention programs for gay men including the Deeper Love Project, the Evolution Project, and the Gay Outreach program. As a program coordinator at AID Atlanta, he developed education programs for Black communities including the Deeper Love Project. During this time he also served as co-chair for Second Sunday, a popular support organization for black gay men. In 1999, Craig joined Southerners On New Ground (SONG) where he engaged in multi-issue organizing and training throughout the Southeast. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Center and a Training Coordinator at Positive Impact, where he coordinated training services and cultural proficiency workshops for clinicians.He has written various articles and editorials for the Huffington Post, The Atlanta Voice, the Black AIDS Institute, Georgia Voice, POZ.com, Southern Voice and The Root.com. His essays have been published in the following anthologies: Not In My Family: AIDS in the African American Community, For Colored Boys Who Have Consider Suicide When The Rainbow is Still Not Enough, and Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call.Craig has been a founding co-chair of the annual Bayard Rustin-Audre Lorde Breakfast since 2002.He graduated with a Master of Social Work degree from Georgia State University. He has been living with HIV for 30 years. He can be reached at www.craigwerks.com.
This meeting and all subsequent meetings will be generally facilitated by Amanda Mills (Murmur). She will also assist in coordinating the zine exhibit and panel. Amanda Mills’ educational background is in English Rhetoric. She has been involved in zine-making since elementary school, including an internship with the Denver Zine Library, teaching a weekly class on zine-making at her high school, forming the Atlanta Zine Library in college, and organizing the Atlanta Zine Fest. Her current project, Murmur, is a community resource for DIY and ephemeral media.
Perzines with Katherine Paist.
Tuesday, April 14th.
5 - 6:30 PM
Must be enrolled (can enroll at any time, max 12).
Katherine’s perzine, Hypoglogia, was featured by Creative Loafing as a highlight at the 2014 Atlanta Zine Fest. Katherine will talk about her work and how she uses creative writing techniques to express personal experiences.
We will then look at examples of perzines from the Atlanta Zine Library. Attendees are encouraged to share things that stand out to them from the example zines. Using a prompt, everyone--including facilitators--will have time for a free-write. We will talk about what it means to create a safe space for sharing. Attendees will share their work from the prompt for feedback and encouragement. Lastly, using magazines and other visual materials, we will talk about how to choose imagery to support and highlight your written words. Everyone is then expected to work on their perzines at home and bring them to next week’s meeting.
Did you know that you can help Charis Circle every time you get your groceries by becoming a Kroger Rewards Card member and choosing Charis Circle as your non-profit of choice. It's free and easy to get started. You can use your existing number or choose to open a new account and link it to Charis Circle. Go to https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards and get started today!
As the non-profit programming arm of one of the nation's oldest remaining independent feminist bookstores, Charis Circle creates events and promotes literary and feminist dialogue that is hard to find anywhere else in Atlanta. We rely on your donations for support in maintaining this unique cultural institution. Every dollar helps!
On May 21st, we invite you to be part of history and participate in the 3rd annual national Give OUT Day! Give OUT Day is a national initiative that will engage hundreds of organizations and mobilize thousands of people on a single day across the country to give in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities.