Judith Ortiz Cofer and Derek Walcott in Georgia Review

The new spring issue of the literary journal the Georgia Review has an impressive cover, a piece of artwork by Kara Walker, and features work by Puerto Rican author Judith Ortiz Cofer and St Lucian Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott. The Georgia Review will present its second annual Earth Day Celebration and Spring Issue Release Party on Thursday, April 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Acclaimed writers Judith Ortiz Cofer, a 2010 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, and George Singleton, a 2009 Guggenheim fellow, will read in the Cecil B. Day Chapel. A reception will follow on the patio. The event is free and open to the public.

Derek Walcott’s new poem, “The Spectre of Empire,” provides a lead-in for Walker’s art portfolio. Walker is known for her powerful cutout images and representations of gender, race and violence. The Atlanta-raised artist won a MacArthur genius grant at age 28; 10 years later, in 2007 she was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people. Her work is quite a bit more high-profile than can usually be found on the cover of a literary journal — and the issue has nine other pieces inside.

Cofer is the Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. A widely anthologized poet, fiction writer, and essayist, her books include A Love Story Beginning in Spanish: Poems (2005), The Meaning of Consuelo (2003), Woman in Front of the Sun: On Becoming a Writer (2000), The Latin Deli (1993), and Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood (1990)—whose title essay was first published in The Georgia Review.

If you can’t be in Athens for the release party, you can still order copies of the literary journal: a single issue is $15 plus shipping; an annual subscription, with four issues, costs $35. Follow the link above.

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