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Cliterati Open Mic Featuring: Hannah V. Warren in celebration of Slaughterhouse for Old Wives' Tales

Event date: 
Thursday, May 16, 2024 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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 Hannah V. Warren in celebration of Slaughterhouse for Old Wives' TalesSlaughterhouse for Old Wives' Tales, Hannah V Warren's full-length debut, is a visceral collection that is not only read but also felt in the body. These fertile poems trace the lineage of hunger from mother to daughter to sister. Beginning with an excavation of dinosaurs, Warren's writing explores evolution-where we come from, what we offer, and what is left behind "when we plant our tree bodies." This is a collection of bones and organs. The line between flesh and earth, human and animal, blurs in its gorgeous, gruesome descriptions. Warren weaves language in ways that birth new meaning- "tender gash," "rotmouth," "skindamp," "lung-wide." Slaughterhouse for Old Wives' Tales will leave you breathless, haunted, and ravenous for more.

Hannah V Warren is the author of Slaughterhouse for Old Wives’ Tales (Sundress 2024) and two chapbooks. Her poetry and translations appear in Gulf CoastPassages NorthCrazyhorse, and Denver Quarterly, among others. A poet, translator, and Fulbright Scholar, Hannah has an MFA and a PhD in creative writing and literature; her research and writing interests often center on monstrous aesthetics, post/apocalypse literature, and representations of alterity. Originally from Mississippi, Hannah now lives in Athens, GA. 

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
Slaughterhouse for Old Wives' Tales By Hannah V. Warren Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951979577
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sundress Publications - January 30th, 2024

"we live with the horrors of our own bodies / ornamented machines gnawing into the future / we may as well feed them dried plums / & pretend to love our young"

Event Summary: 
This month's featured poet is Hannah V. Warren in celebration of Slaughterhouse for Old Wives' Tales.