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· Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life...

· The River of Winged Dreams (Hardcover Gift Edition)

· The American Poet Who Went Home Again

· The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009

· Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World

· The Harlem Renaissance Way Down South

· Literary Savannah

· Visions of A Skylark Dressed in Black

· The Hanging Man Dreams

· Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love


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· Astonishing Tale of the Goddess and the Skylark: Part 3 of 4

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· Text and Meaning in Albert Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus

· Text and Meaning in: Elemental the Power of Illuminated Love

· Introducing Tao of the Rainbow

· Creative Flexibility and Annihilated Lives (essay with poem)

· Fall 2014 Update: Texts, Meanings, and Guerrilla Decontextualization

· Notebook on: Michael Brown, Kajieme Powell, and W.E.B. Du Bois (part 1)


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· Reflections on Ode to the Good Black Boots that Served My Soul So Well

· How Poets and Words Burn Truth into Love

· Valentine Winter: A Mink-Warm Distance Between Decades

· The Poetess Inside Her Years

· Notes for an Elegy in the Key of Michael (I)

· Self-Knowledge in the New Millennium

· Help Keep Book Lovers' Hopes Alive

· Photographed Light of My Grandmother's Soul

· A Naked Woman with Skin of Thorns and Ice

· There Upon a Bough of Hope and Audacity

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· Savannah Author Joins Consortium of Doctors Annual Celebration

· Literary Laureates Herta Mϋller and Amiri Baraka

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· The Poetry of History and Inaugurations

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A good tradition just got better.

 

 

Only two days before last weekend’s Savannah Book Festival (Feb 6-8, 2009) morning temperatures in the city were hitting the low freeze-your-butt-off 20s. Then as if by magical literary decree, just as the weekend arrived they soared into the sublime 70s and provided authors, readers, and bookaholic collectors from all over the United States with brilliantly sunny spring-like weather.

 

Downtown Savannah’s Telfair Square, which sits neatly on Barnard Street between West York and West State Streets adjacent to the Telfair Museum and Jepson Center for the Arts, overflowed with cheerful lit-geeks out to meet and greet best-selling authors like Beverly Jenkins and J.A. Jance; nobly striving litterateurs like moi;  at least one Pulitzer Prize-winning poet in the form of Natasha Trethewey; and outstanding champions of the spoken word in the form of members of A.W.O.L. (All Walks of Life) and The Spitfire Poetry Group.

 

It was an amazing sight for this native of the city to see Telfair Square filled to overflowing with throngs of people gathered in an unabashed celebration of not only literacy, but literature. One might think of the two words as synonymous but in fact too many events devoted to literacy focus rightly on the aspect of reading itself, but then wrongly ignore the accomplished authors whose works make literary culture what it is. The Book Festival provided a balanced exchange in which readers, authors, publishers, booksellers, food vendors, and festival coordinators all graciously empowered each other.

 

I couldn’t help wondering what a festival of this magnitude might have had on my own development as a writer if someone had been inclined––as the creative director Madison Parks Prickett had been regarding this year’s event––to present such festivals when I was growing up. At the same time, I enjoyed imagining that somewhere in the crowd were future writers would not have to wonder as I was doing. I also enjoyed reminding myself that although this was only the city’s second annual Book Festival, I had played some small part (along with many others in 1998) in the production of its first Literary Festival. Seeing this year’s festival was like watching seeds well planted sprout, blossom, and bear gorgeous fruit all in one single glorious literary weekend.    

 

 

NEXT, Part 2: The Joy of Meeting Author Beverly Jenkins


by Aberjhani 



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Reviewed by Georg Mateos 2/13/2009
Oh Brother! I got an invitation to send a book to Savannah among a half dozen others which I ignored of pure ignorance. I would like someone in Authors-Den, Creative Thinkers and The Writers Forum to validate the genuine ones from the myriad of those asking for 50 U$S participation fee with a death-line to submit just ten days before the "prize awards"
Happy to see that Savannah was legit and regret I didn't participate.
Maybe next year...

Georg

Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 2/12/2009
How I would have loved to have been there. I'll betcha the muses gathered and asked Zeus to speak to God about a change in the temperature for just that day. Can't wait for Parts 2 and 3Aberjhani.
Hugs,
Marcia

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The River of Winged Dreams (Hardcover Gift Edition)

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Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life...

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Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

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Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance

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The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009

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The American Poet Who Went Home Again

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Visions of A Skylark Dressed in Black

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