Honor for Trethewey
Natasha Trethewey, poet and Emory University professor of English and creative writing, has been appointed Mississippi’s poet laureate. “It’s an honor to have been named poet laureate of my native state — the place that made me a writer — and I am delighted to serve the citizens of Mississippi by promoting our rich and ongoing cultural and literary traditions,” Trethewey told the Biloxi Sun Herald. The state of Georgia is expected to announce its own poet laureate soon. HOWARD POUSNER
Going out with a bang
Some have predicted nothing short of an apocalypse on Dec. 21, based on the end of the Maya’s “Long Count” calendar, while others have dismissed suggestions of the end of the world as we know it. The Atlanta group Carapace plans to tread lightly at its monthly storytelling event, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24, which will focus on the theme of endings.
Participants are encouraged to bring five-minute tales “of conclusion, of expiry, of decisive (or woefully dragged-out) finale,” according to a release. “We want to hear you fulminate on what’s culminated.”
What can we add other than that you can angle to have the final (so to speak) word at the garrulous gathering to be held at Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave. N.E., Atlanta. More info at www.facebook.com/pages/Carapace/156546534411045. HOWARD POUSNER