Top 10 Southern Reading Series

A brief note about methodology: the LitBridge had some assistance with this list from writers Nick Sturm and Emilia Phillips.  Thanks for their incredibly insightful input.  And, without further ado, the top ten southern reading series.


The Burning Chair (

Fayetteville, AR

Past Readers:

Lily Brown – Rust or Go Missing

Laura Solomon – Bivouac

Johnathon Williams – The Road to Happiness


Fresh Ink/Chop Suey (

Richmond, VA

Past Readers:

Jake Adam York – Persons Unknown

Sommer Browning – Either Way I’m Celebrating

Julia Cohen – Triggermoon Triggermoon


Fusebox Art and Word Series (

Chattanooga, TN

Past Readers:

Matt Hart – Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless

Gina Myers – A Model Year

Joseph P. Wood – I & We


InKY Reading Series (

Louisville, KY

Past Readers:

Maurice Manning – The Gone and the Going Away

Margaret McMullan – In My Mother’s House

Lynn Pruett – Ruby River


Kraken Reading Series (

 Denton, TX

Past Readers:

Gabrielle Calvocoressi – Apocalyptic Swing: Poems

Paul Otremba – The Currency

William Wenthe – Words Before Dawn: Poems


Malaprop’s Reading Series

Asheville, NC

Past Readers:

Aaron Belz – Lovely, Raspberry: Poems

Geraldine Brooks – Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women

Erin Elizabeth Smith – The Naming of Strays


Poison Pen (

Houston, TX

Past Readers:

Jericho Brown – Please

Michael Dumanis – My Soviet Union: Poems

Andrew Kozma – City of Regret


17 Poets!

 New Orleans, LA

Past Readers:

Alice Notley – Culture of One

Julian Semilian – Osiris With a Trombone Across The Seam of Insubstance

Dara Wier – Selected Poems


The So and So Reading Series

Raleigh, NC

Past Readers:

Bruce Covey – Glass Is Really a Liquid

Janaka Stucky – The World Will Deny It for You

Jenny Zhang – Dear Jenny, We Are All Find


Vouched Presents and Solar Anus

Atlanta, GA

Past Readers:

Jaswinder Bolina – Carrier Wave

Michael Nye – Strategies Against Extinction

Hugh Sheehy – The Invisibles


Honorable Mentions:

American Short Fiction and BookPeople Present

Austin, TX


Seersucker Live

Savannah, GA

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