DUNWOODY, Ga. — A Georgia poet laureate, a tribute to blues musicians, Yiddish folklore and a legendary Southern cookbook maven come together in a special literary festival, Revival: Lost Southern Voices, at Georgia State University’s Dunwoody Campus, March 23-24.
Lost Southern Voices debuted in 2017 with authors and scholars celebrating forgotten and underappreciated Southern works and their authors.
“The Lost Southern Voices Festival celebrates the diversity and quality of Southern writing in all forms,” said Dr. Andy Rogers, festival co-chair and associate chair of Georgia State University’s Perimeter College English Department. “Our goal is to have an open and festive event that will provide attendees with a long reading and listening list that will tide them over until next year’s event.”
This year’s festival brings a fresh group of voices highlighting their favorite “forgotten” Southern inspirations, including John Williams talking about legendary music manager and producer Bill Lowery; Georgia’s 2012 Poet Laureate Judson Mitcham on poet Seaborn Jones, and African American literary historian Trudier Harris spotlighting the “forgotten” author of “The Darkest Child,” Delores Phillips. The packed two-day schedule also includes Atlanta actor and playwright Brenda Bynum performing a play based on author Lillian Smith’s words, and Jim Auchmutey, writer and former Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter, with an appreciation of Southern cookbook legend Henrietta Dull.
The festival is supported in part by a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development through funding from the Georgia General Assembly.
The event is free, but registration is requested. Meals are available for a charge. To register and to find out more about the program, visit the Lost Southern Voices website.