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POSTPONED: Poetry Reading: Alan Gillis and David Wheatley

Alan Gillis and David Wheatley
Event date: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location

Old Fire Hall No. 2
489 Prince Avenue
Athens, GA 30601

In the interest of keeping everyone as healthy and safe as possible, we've decided the most responsible course of action to take would be to postpone our events. At Avid Bookshop, we're doing everything we can to take preemptive measures in hopes that it reduces the impact of COVID-19 and we're currently discussing which other events will need to be cancelled or postponed. Unfortunately,  we cannot yet provide dates for a rescheduled event, but we will be sure to provide any new information as soon as we receive it.


The Willson Center and Avid Bookshop present Alan Gillis and David Wheatley for a poetry reading. This event will take place on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, from 7:00-8:00 pm at Old Fire Hall No. 2 and is free and open to the public. We encourage you to purchase books to get them signed by the author!

This event is presented by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts in partnership with the department of English and the University of Georgia Press.

Alan Gillis is an Irish poet from Belfast who now lives in Scotland, where he teaches English at The University of Edinburgh. His poetry collections include Scapegoat (2014), Here Comes the Night (2010), Hawks and Doves (2007), and Somebody, Somewhere (2004), which won the Strong Award for Best First Collection in Ireland. He has also been shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot prize, and for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. In 2014 he was selected as a “Next Generation Poet” by the Poetry Book Society in the UK. As a critic, he is author of Irish Poetry of the 1930s (2005), and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry (2012), both published by Oxford University Press, along with many essays on contemporary British and Irish poetry. From 2010 to 2015 he was editor of the Edinburgh Review.
David Wheatley is a poet and critic who teaches at the University of Aberdeen. His poetry collections include Our Lady of the Snows (Clutag Press, 2018), The President of Planet Earth (Carcanet/Wake Forest UP, 2017), and four collections with Gallery Press: Thirst (1997; Rooney Prize for Irish Literature), Misery Hill (2000), Mocker (2006), and A Nest on the Waves (2010). His critical work has appeared in numerous edited collections, including The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry (2012), The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry (2013), The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry (2013), The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry (2007), The Cambridge Companion to Seamus Heaney (2009) and The Cambridge Companion to Contemporary Irish Poetry (2003). Wheatley was a founding editor of the poetry journal Metre.

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