Meeting Agenda



You are cordially invited to our 172nd quarterly meeting of the Georgia Poetry Society.

Location: Online via Zoom.  Follow this link:

Meeting ID: 831 5165 1014
Passcode: 471050

Our Schedule of Events

9:30    Call to Order, Announcements (Steven Shields, outgoing GPS President)

9:40    Open mic (contact Alyson Shields at to sign up)

10:00   Reading: Chelsea Rathburn, Georgia Poet Laureate

10:45     Inauguration of incoming President, Vice-President and Board members.

11:00    Contest winners announced (Julia Caroline Knowlton, incoming GPS                               President)

11:15    Welcome from the incoming President, Announcements

11:30   Adjournment

Our Presenter

The Georgia Poetry Society welcomes Chelsea Rathburn to present from her many collections of poetry at our next quarterly meeting on Saturday, January 22, 2022.

In case her work is unfamiliar, here is information from her website:

“Chelsea Rathburn is the author of three full-length poetry collections, most recently Still Life with Mother and Knife, a New York Times “New & Noteworthy” book released by Louisiana State University Press in February 2019. Rathburn’s first full-length collection, The Shifting Line, won the 2005 Richard Wilbur Award, and her second collection, A Raft of Grief, was published by Autumn House Press in 2013.

Rathburn’s poems have appeared in the nation’s most esteemed journals, including PoetryThe Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, The Southern Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among others. In a 2019 feature, NPR called Rathburn’s work “arresting” and “a gentle whirlwind.” In 2009, she received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

While she was born in Jacksonville and raised in Miami, Florida, Rathburn has deep roots in the state of Georgia, where her mother’s family has lived since the 1830s. Rathburn moved to Decatur in 2001 after completing graduate school at the University of Arkansas. Since 2013, she has lived in the North Georgia mountains with her husband, the poet James Davis May, and their daughter.

In March 2019, Rathburn was appointed poet laureate of Georgia. For more information on the poet laureateship and literary arts in Georgia, visit the Georgia Council for the Arts.”

Meetings in 2022:  January 22, April 23, July 23, October 22.