Sunday, September 20, 2009

Clayton State Visiting Writers Reading Series for Fall 2009 Semester

The Clayton State University Department of English’s popular Visiting Writers Reading Series features three authors reading their works this semester.

The series opened last week with Dr. Brigitte Byrd, Clayton State assistant professor of English, reading from her just-published third book of poems, “Song of a Living Room.” (Ahsahta Press).

“In writing `Song of a Living Room,’ my field of inquiry was a couple who step into a relationship as one steps into a magic circle -- more accurately in their case, they step into a Celtic knot -- which opens an imaginary world to them, a world they create, a world that also creates them, a world that forces them to create each other, a world that blurs time and space, a world in which they escape reality, a world in which they may lose themselves.,” explains Byrd. “Because prose poetry is a form that is natural to me, a form I love, I wrote `Song of a Living Room’ as a series of prose poems revolving around these two characters.”

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On Thursday, Oct. 8, Clayton State’s foremost mystery artist, Clayton State Theater Director Phillip DePoy, will introduce the Visiting Writers Reading Series to “The King James Conspiracy,” (St. Martin’s Press) his acclaimed new novel that’s, according to Atlanta Magazine, a dizzying mix of historical facts and figments of the author’s imagination.

Set in 17th Century England, the story centers on a group of scholars assigned by King James I to create a definitive English translation of the Bible, what has become known as the King James edition of the Bible. When one of the scholars is murdered and mutilated, DePoy leads the story into, not surprisingly, a conspiracy.

DePoy will be reading 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 200 of the Clayton State Library. For more information, go to

Finally, on Thursday, Nov. 19, in room 272 of the Baker Center, poet/photographer Kate Greenstreet will read from her latest work, also recently published by Ahsahta Press (, “The Last 4 Things.” For more information, go to

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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