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    Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta’s Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Theresa Davis

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Jessica Katoff

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2018
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
    Nicholas Goodly

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2018
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
    Jessica Katoff

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2017
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2017 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
    Jessica Katoff

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2016
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2016 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
    Theresa Davis

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2015
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2015 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
    Make Blackout Poetry

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2015
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2015 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
    Terrill Soules
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    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2014
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2014 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
    Mikel K Poet

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2013
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
    Mikel K Poet

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2012
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2012 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
    Natasha Trethewey
    Decatur’s reputation as a bastion of literature precedes it. The seven-year-old Decatur Book Festival proudly holds the title of largest independent book festival in the country. Dozens of writers such as Joshilyn Jackson, Kevin Young, Josh Russell, and Terra Elan McVoy (DBF program director) callmore...
    Decatur’s reputation as a bastion of literature precedes it. The seven-year-old Decatur Book Festival proudly holds the title of largest independent book festival in the country. Dozens of writers such as Joshilyn Jackson, Kevin Young, Josh Russell, and Terra Elan McVoy (DBF program director) call the mini-city home. But in 2012, the bookish enclave’s cachet was secured in the history books when local author and Emory professor Natasha Trethewey was named the 2012-13 U.S. Poet Laureate. Trethewey, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for her poetry collection Native Guard, is only the second Southerner and African-American ever honored with the award. (Robert Penn Warren was the original laureate in 1986 and Rita Dove received the title in 1993.) Trethewey’s poems and prose are meditations on family, race, memory, identity, and place inspired by her experience growing up biracial in the South. She began writing poetry after her mother was murdered by her stepfather “to make sense of what had happened,” she told the Associated Press this year. In August, Trethewey launched her fourth collection of poems, Thrall, with the keynote address at the Decatur Book Festival. www.poets.org/ntret. less...

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2012
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2012 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
    Mikel K

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2011
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2011 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
    Kevin Young

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2011
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2011 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
    Kodac Harrison

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2010
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
    Hense

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2010
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
    Kodac Harrison

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    Runners-up:


    Mikel K


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    AND


    Natasha Trethewey


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    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2010
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
    Paul Guest

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2009
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2009 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
    Theresa Davis

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2009
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2009 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
    Kodac Harrison
    www.kodacharrison.com. Runner-up Linda Taylor

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2009
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2009 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
    Kodak Harrison

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2009
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2009 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
    Theresa Davis

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2008 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
    Jerry Cullum
    JERRY CULLUM started dropping poetic science about art at his blog Counterforces and Other Little Jokes last year. Cullum beats back the darkness of art ignorance, unafraid to weave Olafur Eliasson, YouTube and the Finno-Ugric artists of Estonia into a continuous tapestry of art-savvy ruminations. We’remore...
    JERRY CULLUM started dropping poetic science about art at his blog Counterforces and Other Little Jokes last year. Cullum beats back the darkness of art ignorance, unafraid to weave Olafur Eliasson, YouTube and the Finno-Ugric artists of Estonia into a continuous tapestry of art-savvy ruminations. We’re glad someone with his feet so firmly planted in the art community and his head so clearly reaching for the intellectual stratosphere has given himself a place to talk back. And a place where anyone can listen in. counterforces.blogspot.com. less...

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2008 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
    Kodac Harrison

    Best Poet BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2008 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
    Theresa Davis
    There’s no shortage of appreciation for Alice Lovelace in Atlanta. She first made her mark on the city in the ’70s and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Writers’ Association. Following in her footsteps as an arts and human rights advocate through poetry, Lovelace’s daughtermore...
    There’s no shortage of appreciation for Alice Lovelace in Atlanta. She first made her mark on the city in the ’70s and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Writers’ Association. Following in her footsteps as an arts and human rights advocate through poetry, Lovelace’s daughter THERESA DAVIS is also making a name for herself. A socially aware poet who’s also part of the party circuit, Davis is in demand at poetry slams, spoken-word nights and as an MC for community-awareness gatherings such as Eyedrum’s Concrete Pandemonium. Thanks to Lovelace and Davis, the Atlanta poetry scene’s become a family affair. www.theresa-davis.com. less...

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