LitBridge Reading Series Contest

We’re super stoked to have won “Highest Ranking Reading Series” in this year’s LitBridge Reading Series Contest!!

HUGE thanks to all of our amazing readers and everyone that nominated us!

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Lostintheletters Salo(o)n


Rachael Katz works as a teaching artist at the Just Buffalo Literary Center in Western New York. Her work has appeared in Bat City Review and is forthcoming in Lemon Hound and Coconut. She is the author of ‘Any Berry You Like’ (iO Books, 2014).

Michael Flatt is a Ph.D. student in the SUNY Buffalo poetics program. He is the author of Absent Receiver (SpringGun Press, 2013) and with Derrick Mund, Chlorosis (forthcoming Bon Aire Projects, 2015).

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Lostintheletters XVI


Brock & Megan met ten years ago in a writing workshop at Louisiana State University, where they both managed to get an MFA. in Creative Writing. Then they each married nice girls who forced them to grow up.

Bruce Covey’s sixth book of poetry, Change Machine, was recently published by Noemi. He lives in Atlanta, GA, where he edits Coconut magazine and Coconut Books and curates the What’s New in Poetry reading series.

Anna B. Sutton is a poet and publisher from Nashville, TN. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Third Coast, Barrow Street, DIAGRAM, Quarterly West, Weave, Superstition Review, and other journals. She is a cofounder of the Porch Writers’ Collective in Nashville, TN, web editor at One Pause Poetry out of Ann Arbor, MI, and on the editorial staff at Dialogist and Gigantic Sequins literary journals. In 2013, she received a James Merrill fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Her website is

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Nick Sturm is the author of a number of chapbooks including, with Wendy Xu, I Was Not Even Born (Coconut) and, with Carrie Lorig, Nancy and The Dutch (NAP). He is from Akron, Ohio and lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

Laurie Watel’s fiction was awarded the 2012 Mississippi Review Prize and the 2005 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from Poets and Writers. It has appeared in Ploughshares, Five Points, and New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing and is forthcoming in Mississippi Review. My poetry and translations have been published in TriQuarterly, Five Points, Poetry International, and Painted Bride Quarterly and are forthcoming in Slate, the anthology One for the Money, and The Collected Poems of Marcel Proust.

Jon Morgan Davies has lived in Athens for twelve years with a lemon that is now twenty eight years old. He is the creator of the blog Short Story Reader and a hopeless addict to charting various aspects of his life. His work has appeared in such publications as Adirondack Review, Cutbank, and Southern Indiana Review.

Jared Yates Sexton’s stories and articles have appeared in publications around the world. He’s been nominated for four Pushcarts, the Million Writer’s Award, Best of the Web, and was a finalist for the New American Fiction Prize. In December of 2012 Atticus Books released his first collection of stories – An End to All Things.

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Next reading: January 18 at MINT Gallery


Jacob Appel—A writer with more than 200 publication credits, a licensed New York City sightseeing guide, and scholar with multiple degrees in the fields of writing, philosophy, medicine and law, Jacob Appel is something of a modern day renaissance man. His first novel, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, won the Dundee International Book Prize U.K. He’s won the Tobias Wolff Award, the Walker Percy Prize, the Kurt Vonnegut Prize, and others. Appel’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, and Huffington Post and elsewhere, including law and medical journals. He is currently a practicing psychiatrist at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City where he resides. The Biology of Luck marks his U.S. book publishing debut.

Christeene Alcosiba is a writer and librarian with the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University. Her poems are articles have been featured or are forthcoming in Rattle, New York Quarterly, Forklift, OH, B O D Y Literature, and English Journal, among others.
Her first chapbook, Little Earthquakes, was the winner of the 2010 New York Book Festival poetry prize. She is currently working on her first full-length book, Shotgun.

Caleb Ludwick—For the past decade, Caleb Ludwick has worked as a senior brand writer with design agencies around the country, serving clients in the US and Europe. His work has been honored by the New York Type Directors’ Club, ONE Show, with permanent inclusion in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Design Museum, and supported by the School of Southern Literature, Yale Writers’ Conference and the Lyndhurst Foundation. His debut collection of stories, The First Time She Fell was published in October 2013 by C&R Press.

Komal Patel Mathew is a Lecturer of English at Kennesaw State University. She received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. Her work has appeared in The New Republic , The Southern Review, The Atlanta Review , and The Comstock Review . She has also been working on a full-length poetry collection, which has been a finalist for the National Poetry Series Open Competition and a semifinalist for the Alice James Books’ Beatrice Hawley Award.

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Next reading: Tuesday, October 8

litl13Danniel Schoonebeek’s first book of poems, American Barricade, will be published in 2014 by YesYes Books. A chapbook, Family Album, is forthcoming from Poor Claudia this fall. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, Guernica, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, jubilat, BOMB, Verse Daily, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. He writes a monthly column on poetry for The American Reader, hosts the Hatchet Job reading series in Brooklyn, and edits the PEN Poetry Series.

Daniel Beauregard lives in Atlanta, where he works for a local newspaper. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in ILK, NAP, Stoked, Brown God, Spittoon, Jellyfish and elsewhere.

Sherri Caudell relocated back to Atlanta from NYC and is a poet, writer and fashion stylist. Caudell received her BFA in photography from Georgia State University. Caudell’s work has appeared at Youngblood Gallery in Atlanta and several group exhibitions throughout NYC. Caudell’s poetry has been published in The Eyedrum Periodically and an audio version of her poem “The Wandering” can be found on the website Her experimental “video poetry” can be found on

Michael Tod Edgerton is the author of the poetry book Vitreous Hide, a finalist for the Colorado Prize, Nightboat Books, and Omnidawn first book awards, among others, before being published by Lavender Ink in January of 2013. Cole Swensen wrote of Vitreous Hide that it is “a book of big ideas and big feeling, yet carried so lightly on its lyric weave that it becomes almost weightless.” For Kevin Killian, “the gay erotics of this work…have no equivalent in modern American poetry.” His poems have appeared as the winner of the Boston Review and Five Fingers Review annual contests, and in Coconut, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, EOAGH, New American Writing, New Orleans Review, Sonora Review, and Word For/Word, among other journals. Tod’s current project, “what most vividly (a choral work),” uses a questionnaire to collect responses which he then edits and transforms, collaging them with his own responses to compose polyvocal poems and multiply-minded lyric meditations on life and art. You can read more about and participate in “what most vividly” by visiting, and you can find his general author site at Tod holds an MFA from the Program in Literary Arts at Brown University and will very soon have his PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Georgia. A native of Lexington, KY, he lives in Atlanta with his partner, Greg, and their antisocial cat, Penelope.

The reading will be at 7:30 in the amphitheater at Cabbagetown Park.

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This party is not for the kitten hearted…

Readings by:

Ben Spivey is the author of Black God (2012) and Flowing in the Gossamer Fold (2010). Peter Markus said of Black God that, “Black God is a surreal dreamscape of a book…at its claustrophobic core, this book is a love story about time and memory, fear and death. At its dreamlike fringes, it is a book that might have been written by the son of Kafka and Braque. Like our best books, it is a love story in love with its own death.” Spivey’s third novel, Verse for the Dead is forthcoming 2014.

Jenny Sadre-Orafai is the author of four chapbooks. Recent poetry has appeared in PANK, RHINO, The Bakery, Sixth Finch, ILK, and iO: A Journal of New American Poetry. Recent prose has appeared in The Rumpus, Delirious Hem, The Los Angeles Review, and South Loop Review. She is co-founding editor of Josephine Quarterly and an Associate Professor of English at Kennesaw State University.

Jamie Iredell lives in Atlanta where he teaches writing to college students and serves as fiction editor for Atticus Review. He is the author of The Book of Freaks. His latest book, I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac, a collection of essays, releases from Future Tense Books in late 2013.

Deirdre Sugiuchi is working on her teenage captivity narrative, Unreformed, which mainly takes place at an evangelical Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic, Escuela Caribe.  She is co-founder and curator of the New Town Revue, an Athens-based music and literature series. Sugiuchi’s work has been featured in Guernica, the Rumpus, Flagpole, Marco Polo Arts Magazine, Rabbit Box, and  other places.

Music by DASHER (at MINT Gallery)



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