An Atlanta writer, activist and therapist known community-wide as an all-around nice guy, Franklin Abbott celebrates his first volume of poetry and stories in 10 years at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse on Tuesday.
Abbott is also an original Radical Faerie, and he was the keynote speaker at the first Gay Spirit Visions conference 20 years ago.
In “Pink Zinnia,” he brings spiritual and psychological insight to stories and poems that paint vivid portraits of people. Some entries reflect on his travels, especially in India and the American Southwest. Some of the poems follow Abbott’s spiritual interests in mysticism, while others are political.
On Tuesday at Outwrite, look for his hand-picked “Zinnia” excerpts to offer a satisfying taste of his signature balance of humor and pathos.
Abbott, whose writing and editing credits appear in many published collections, is a founder and chair of the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival. The group hosts year-round activities that culminate in a big annual event featuring local and visiting authors. The 2009 festival takes place Nov. 4-7.
AQLF sponsors “I See Straight People,” a benefit reading featuring straight allies who will be reading from their poetry to help support AQLF, on Oct. 24. Featured poets include Cecilia Woloch, Laurel Snyder, Megan Sexton, Jon Goode and Alice Lovelace. Rupert Fike will host.