Airing Our Monsters: NEA Big Read 2019-2020 Keynote
Decatur Library Auditorium
November 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
7 Stages launches their 2019 - 2020 Big Read program, featuring Kelly Link’s Pretty Monsters as their book selection, with a conversation between poets Theresa Davis and Shay Alexi. Theresa Davis is one of Atlanta’s best known performance poets, giving voice to the things that you’ve been thinking but never could articulate. Theresa has forged an impressive career as a solo performer, winning poetry slams and featuring at spoken word venues around Atlanta and the nation, as well as leading writing and performance workshops and headlining conferences across the southeast. She is a member of The Word Diversity Collective/Art Amok and represented Atlanta as a member of the 2006 - 2011 Art Amok Slam Team. In March of 2011 Theresa was ranked #1 female slam poet in the world as the winner of the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Theresa now combines her teaching and writing styles to teach poetry workshops for teens and adults. Her first full collection of poems entitled, After This We Go Dark was published in 2013. Her second book, Drowned: A Mermaid’s Manifesto, was voted as one of 2017’s Books All Georgians Should Read. Shay Alexi’s debut chapbook Diary of a Ghost Girl is a seance in eighteen parts, dissecting the mythology of girlhood over the course of a week. It explores the intersections of queer identity, feminine fellowship, zombie movies, and much more. Shay is is a writer and performer based out of Atlanta. They placed first in the nation with their slam teams at the 2018 national poetry slam group piece finals and the 2018 feminine empowerment movement slam (fems). Shay’s poems “song of the prettybird” and “and this time the butter rejects the knife” were featured by button poetry and, along with other online video content, have amassed over 150,000 views. Shay was the winner of the 2017 Brett Elizabeth Jenkings Poetry Prize, and was selected to attend the Tin House Summer Workshop inn 2019. Their work has been featured by or is forthcoming from The Rumpus, Pank, and Tinderbox Poetry, amongst other. Doors open at 6:30. Event is free and open to the public.