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Cliterati Open Mic Features: Lisa Cottrell in celebration of Life As I've Known It: Poems and Photography

Event date: 
Thursday, May 25, 2023 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

This event takes place in person at Charis and simulcast on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. If you would like to watch the event virtually, please register HERE. Please note that you must be physically in person to participate in the open mic portion of the event but can listen/view from anywhere. 

Charis and Cliterati pair up to present an inviting and fierce open mic & reading series that celebrates new voices and seasoned veterans alike. Co-hosted by Karen G. and Theresa Davis, all are welcome to come and share their work. If you would like to participate as a reader or performer, all you need to do is arrive by 7:15 pm ET to sign up on the list. If you are a non-acoustic musician and would like to plug your instrument into our sound system, please contact ahead of time to let us know so we can have the right setup for you! There are no genre, style, or form requirements, but please keep your set to under five minutes to allow everyone to have a turn! 

This month's featured poet is Lisa Cottrell in celebration of her book, Life As I've Known It: Poems and Photography. Life As I’ve Known It is a book of poetry and photography that is a love letter to life. Poems profound, resonant and inspiring are complemented by serene, majestic and intimate photographs. Life As I’ve Known It portrays a life lived deeply: love, loss, grief, intimacy, family, nature, and an open-hearted oneness with the moment.  Pulitzer Prize winning poet Galway Kinnell praised Lisa Cottrell’s poem “The Cave,” calling it archetypical, biblical and mythical.

Informed by feminism, queer love, environmentalism, and the practice of loving mindfulness, the subjects cover a wide range from grief at the loss of her mother as an infant, Grandma’s dinner table in Kentucky, new love celebrated in the Georgia mountains, to poems that call us to be fully in the present. The photographs are a perfect complement to the poetry. 

This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event. The suggested donation is $5, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Charis Books is a fully wheelchair-accessible space with on-site van-accessible parking, two ramps, and additional overflow-accessible parking nearby. Most of our shelves are on wheels and can be moved to provide additional access. Our bathrooms are wheelchair-accessible and gender-neutral with motion-activated fixtures. Both bathrooms have wheelchair-accessible baby changing tables. Our directional signs are written in braille. Our events are mic'd for sound. We caption videos when we show them in the space. Free ASL interpretation is available for most Charis Circle programs upon request. Please email to request interpretation as early as possible. We have several different kinds of seating for events. If you need a wider or sturdier chair and don't immediately see one available, please let us know and we will help you find one that fits your body. The space has all LED lighting. The space is not scent or chemical free but we do our best to minimize the use of chemicals and scents throughout the space and use low-VOC materials whenever possible. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Event address: 
A Charis Hybrid (in-person + virtual) Event
184 S. Candler Street
Decatur, GA 30030
Event Summary: 
This month's featured Cliterati poet is Lisa Cottrell in celebration of her book, Life As I've Known It: Poems and Photography. Life As I’ve Known It is a book of poetry and photography that is a love letter to life.