Charis and Cliterati pair up the third Thursday of each month 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.
This month's Cliterati features Gregg Shapiro and Collin Kelley
Gregg Shapiro is the author of the 2019 chapbooks, More Poems About Buildings and Food (Souvenir Spoon Books), published in February, and Sunshine State (NightBallet Press), due out in August. His chapbook Fifty Degrees (Seven Kitchens, 2016) was selected by Ching-In Chen as co-winner of the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. Other books by Shapiro include the short story collections How to Whistle (Lethe Press, 2016) and Lincoln Avenue (Squares and Rebels Press, 2014), the chapbook GREGG SHAPIRO: 77 (Souvenir Spoon Books, 2012), and the poetry collection Protection (Gival Press, 2008). He has work forthcoming in Gargoyle. His work was recently featured in The Duck Lake Journal, Nixes Mate Review, Total Eclipse, ArLiJo, Noctua Review, Mojave River Review, South Florida Poetry Journal, the Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, Chelsea Station Magazine, Minnie’s Diary, Acta Victoriana, and the anthologies Lovejets: Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman (Handtype Press), Voices From the Fierce Intangible World (SoFloPoJo) and Reading Queer ((Anhinga Press). An entertainment journalist, whose interviews and reviews run in a variety of regional LGBT and mainstream publications and websites, Shapiro lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his husband Rick and their dog Coco.
Franklin Abbott is a poet and writer, musician, psychotherapist and community activist. He has been part of Atlanta's LGBTQ community for over forty years. He debuted all six of his books at Charis. He co-founded the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival and is a volunteer oral historian for the Women and Gender Collection at Georgia State University.
In More Poems About Buildings and Food, Gregg Shapiro explores the changing geographies of identity, relationship and a life lovingly lived. The second in a series of poetic pop-culture explorations of family, love and memory from Souvenir Spoon Books. Get it today.