January 26, 2019 Speakers Nick Norwood and Michelle Castleberry

January 26, 2019, W. C. Bradley Company Boardroom
1017 Front Avenue, Columbus, GA 31902

10:00             Building Opens

10:05            Registration and Members “Book Fair”

Complimentary Coffee and Muffins will be available

10:30              President’s Welcome and Announcements

Installation of New Officers and Board Members

10:40            Nick Norwood Reading and Master Class

Nick Norwood

“Let it Linger: On Ending on an Image” Finding the right ending for a poem is one of the hardest parts of the process. The temptation is to finish with a big rhetorical flourish—usually a bad idea! Better to end on an image, something that will stick in readers’ heads and leave them with the kind of impression the poet wans the poem to make.

Nick Norwood’s poems have appeared widely in such places as The Paris Review, Oxford American, Shenandoah, US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor, Pushcart Prize XLII, and elsewhere. His three full volumes include Gravel and Hawk, winner of the Hollis Summers Prize. He has collaborated with the artist Mike McFalls on a public art piece on the Chattahoochee River Walk in Columbus, Georgia—his original poem “powerhouse,” permanently installed in eight-inch Corten steel; with the artist Erika Adams on the fine press books Wrestle (2007) and Text (2016) featuring his own original poems accompanied by the artist’s images; with the photographer Chuck Hemard on his book of art photography The Pines, the centerpiece of which is Norwood’s poem “The Southern Forest;” and with the composer Matthew McCabe and reader James Ogburn on the recording “Firewood” featuring Norwood’s poem of the same name. Norwood’s fourth full volume, Eagle & Phenix, is due out in 2019.

11:55             Lunch

1:10                Member Readings by Fall Contest Winners

1:30                Michelle Castleberry Reading

Michelle Castleberry

Michelle Castleberry is a writer and social worker living in northeast Georgia. Her first book, Dissecting the Angel and Other Poems, was a finalist for the Georgia Author of the Year in Poetry, 2013. Her work, including two Pushcart nominations, can be found in publications like The Chattahoochee Review, Still: The Journal, and The Atlanta Journal. She is currently a Makery Fellow with the Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky. Michelle will be reading from a range of work and is eager to spend time with a room of poets.

2:10                Break

2:20                Featured GPS Member Reading (Keith Badowski, possible cameo: Ron Self)

2:40                Members Open-Mic Readings (sign up at Registration Desk)

3:00                Adjournment

Featured speakers will sign copies of their books after their presentations.

PLEASE NOTE: Lunch will not be brought in. There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance.

These are walk up order and sit (quick, less expensive):

Mama Goldberg’s


Your Pie

These are sit-down:


Cannon Brew Pub


1017 Front Ave. is in the middle of the west side of Front Avenue between
10th and 11th Streets. The meeting will be at the corporate headquarters
and museum of the W. C. Bradley Company in a restored cotton warehouse. If
there is no on-street parking, you can park in a city garage directly across
the street.