A Seat in the Shade is a summer poetry series featuring published writers reading each week. It culminates with a performance from UGA faculty and students as they explore what it means to break out of the box in your writing. Avid is excited to be a part of this long-time poetry series!

On Tuesday, July 23, 2019 authors Collin Kelley and Theresa Davis will be at Hendershot's and read a selection of their poetry. Avid Bookshop will be on-site selling Collin and Theresa's books.

Purchase MIDNIGHT IN A PERFECT WORLD here: https://www.avidbookshop.com/book/9781943977536

Purchase LEAVING PARIS here: https://www.avidbookshop.com/book/9781943977123

Purchase AFTER THIS WE GO DARK here:





Collin Kelley is the author of the poetry collection MIDNIGHT IN A PERFECT WORLD, just published by Sibling Rivalry Press. His other poetry collections include BETTER TO TRAVEL: POEMS (Poetry Atlanta Press), SLOW TO BURN (Seven Kitchens Press), AFTER THE POISON (Finishing Line Press) and RENDER (Sibling Rivalry Press), chosen by the American Library Association for its 2014 Over the Rainbow Book List. He is also the author of The Venus Trilogy of novels – CONQUERING VENUS, REMAIN IN LIGHT and LEAVING PARIS – also published by Sibling Rivalry Press. REMAIN IN LIGHT was the runner-up for the 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Fiction and a 2012 finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction. A recipient of the Georgia Author of the Year Award, Deep South Festival of Writers Award and Goodreads Poetry Award, Kelley’s poetry, reviews, essays and interviews have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies around the world.

Theresa Davis is an educator, storyteller, poet, author, poetry slam champion and the host of the award winning open mic Java Speaks. She has performed on stages across the nation as a poet and keynote speaker. A classroom teacher for over 30 years, specializing in cross curricular education, Theresa continues her passion for education as a teaching artist. As a slam poet, Theresa has competed individually and on teams for over a decade and in 2011 won the Women of the World Poetry Slam.

In May 2013, her first full collection of poems entitled AFTER THIS WE GO DARK was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. AFTER THIS WE GO DARK became an American Library Association Honoree. Her latest poetry collection DROWNED: A MERMAID'S MANIFESTO, released with Sibling Rivalry Press, in fall of 2016 received the award “Ten Books All Georgians Should Read”. In addition to being a teaching artist and outreach poetry coordinator for Georgia Tech for 6 years, Theresa hosts and participates in many of the lit events around Atlanta.

Her one-woman show “Then They’ll Tell You it’s all in Your Head” Made its debut as a part of 7 Stages Home Brew series in fall of 2017. Theresa is the Literary Events Coordinator and The Charles “Jikki” Riley Memorial Library, facilitator for The Arts Exchange.

For more information on A Seat in the Shade please visit https://coe.uga.edu/events/a-seat-in-the-shade


  • Occurred Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm


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