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Mayapple author Allison Joseph wins New Georgia Arts Award

Allison Joseph - author of "Mercurial" and "Voice: Poems"

Mayapple Press is pleased to say that Allison Joseph, author of Mercurial and Voice: Poems, has been selected as the very first recipient of the New Georgia Arts Award.

As you’ll see from the press release below, Allison will visit the Greater Atlanta area for a number of public appearances. Here are some initial details. We’ll fill more in as we get closer to the dates.

  • Tuesday, March 7: reading at Spelman (hosted by Opal Moore)
    7pm Cosby Small Auditorium, Lower Level, 32 Olivia Hanks Cosby Building, Spelman College S.W., Atlanta, GA 30314

  • Thursday, March 9: reading in Kathy Cashen, UWG
    Kathy Cashen Hall, Humanities Building, University of West Georgia, Carrolton GA 30118

  • Friday, March 10: begins residency at AIR Serenbe
  • Saturday, March 11: cocktail party and joint reading at Serenbe (8pm to 10pm) – Joint event with Ray Christian
    Oak Room, Inn at Serenbe, 10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road Palmetto, GA, 30268

  • Tuesday March 14: visits high school in Newnan during the

    …….    Read more about Mayapple author Allison Joseph wins New Georgia Arts Award

Mayapple author Allison Joseph goes viral

Allison Joseph - Mercurial - Front cover

Allison Joseph – Mercurial

Allison Joseph – Voice: Poems

Allison Joseph, author of the Mayapple books Mercurial and Voice: Poems, was tickled* by Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts” ordure. So she did what a poet does, she wrote. Her poem “Alternative Facts” has become a viral sensation and is being shared all over social media.

You can read “Alternative Facts” at LitHub. There are sharing buttons at the bottom of that page, should you choose to share.

WNIJ will be airing Allison’s reading of the poem this Friday (Jan. 26) during WNIJ’s presentation of Morning Edition. Listen at at 5:45am (Central) & 7:45 a.m. (Central). When we have audio, we’ll also post it here.

(Jan. 30, 2017 EDIT) Here is the page with Allison reading:
And, in case of link rot, here is the audio of the reading:

  • Alternative-Facts-read-by-the-author-Allison-Joseph-courtesy-author-and-Northern-Public-Radio
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    Mercurial – Allison Joseph

    Allison Joseph - Mercurial - Front cover

    Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 40 pages
    2016, ISBN: 978-1-936419-64-7 $12.95

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    Mercurial is also available on Kindle

    About Mercurial
    Mercurial is the latest collection of poems from Allison Joseph: always accessible, musical, full of hard-earned wisdom, sass, and courage. Joseph writes about everyday situations in deft, heartfelt poems that span the spectrum of poetic ambition–free verse narrative, short lyrics, traditional rhyming forms and topical meditations. She is a poet of song and strut, an ambassador for the written word’s deviations and variations, a conversationalist

    …….    Read more about Mercurial – Allison Joseph

    Voice: Poems – Allison Joseph

    Voice: Poems - Allison Joseph

    Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 36pp.
    $12.95 plus S&H
    2009, ISBN 978-0932412-751

    This enjoyable collection further demonstrates Allison Joseph’s uncanny grasp of language and image, along with a kind of playful and soulful voice that makes her poetry accessible to all.

    Allison Joseph interviewed at LunchTicket

    by Allison Joseph

    If there’s a poem in you,
    get it out by any means necessary—use pliers
    if you must, or grab it with your bare
    hands and pull, dislodging stony roots,
    thorny bushes. Don’t let that poem
    hunker beneath your skin, unsaid,
    unshed, stuck between bones or

    …….    Read more about Voice: Poems – Allison Joseph