The Decatur Writers Group to resume Aug. 11

The Decatur Writers Group will not be meeting throughout the summer however, don’t worry! Meetings will resume Friday, August 11, 2017. In the meantime, start a new project, resume something that’s been on the shelf for a time, and keep writing. Contact Constance B. Whitehurst at with any questions or to obtain additional information.

Poetry readings on 4 Perimeter College campuses tomorrow and Thursday!

Don’t forget – Perimeter College and The Georgia Poetry Circuit will host poetry readings by Kim Addonizio tomorrow, Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6, 2017. All readings are free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing on each campus.

Alpharetta Campus

  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • Room 1140
Clarkston Campus

  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • JCLRC – L1100

Dunwoody Campus

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • Building B, Room 2102
Newton Campus

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • Building 2N, Room 1100

Additional information about the poet, including samples of her work, can be found on the handout provided for the event.

Literary Events Explore Southern Authors and Themes this March

Welcome back from what was – hopefully – a wonderful and restful spring break. The second half of the spring semester is full of wonderful opportunities for those who are interested in literature and southern authors.

March 29th, author Thomas Mullen will speak about his book Darktown at both the Clarkston and Decatur campuses of Georgia State University, Perimeter College, as part of the Susan Thomas Lectureship.

Additionally, a host of notable southern authors such as Nathasha Trethewey will be discussing literary works rooted in the south during Revival–Lost Southern Voices – a two day event on March 31 & April 1 on the Dunwoody campus.

With multiple locations and speakers there’s a little something for everyone. To learn more about the events click on the links above and don’t forget to sign up for email notifications of future posts from the Humanities Events blog to prevent missing out on amazing future opportunities such as these.


Author to speak on historical crime drama set in 40’s Atlanta – March 29, 2017.

Award-winning author Thomas Mullen will be speaking at the Clarkston and Decatur campuses of Georgia State University Perimeter College to discuss his novel Darktown. Darktown is a work of historical crime fiction which centers on the experiences of the first black officers of the Atlanta Police Department in 1948.

Mullen will speak at the Clarkston campus as part of the Susan Thomas Lectureship on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the JCLRC Auditorium (CL 1100) and also for the Honors Club Speaker Series at the Decatur campus later that same day at 2:30 p.m. in SF 2100.

The Susan Thomas Lectureship honors retired English professor Susan Thomas, an educator for the college for over three decades. These events are free and open to the public. For more information about this event, please contact Lauren Curtright, 678-891-3806.




Literary Activist to Speak @ Decatur Oct. 21

The Decatur Writers’ Group welcomes Literary Activist and Author Jennifer Moore. Ms. Moore will share her literary experiences and knowledge as a writer and self-published author.

The presentation will be held Friday, October 21, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m in the Decatur Learning and Tutoring Center, Room SF 1200.  All are welcome to attend!

Decatur Writers Group Meetings this Fall

The Decatur Writers Group would like to invite all interested students, faculty, staff and community members who share a love of writing to bring up to five double-spaced pages of their creative writings, at any stage of the writing process, to share with group members for critique.

The group will also host guests from the professional writing community to share relevant information on the journey from novice writer to published author.

October Meetings will be held on the 7th and 21st. In November, the group will convene on the 11th and 18th. The group meets in the Decatur Campus Learning and Tutoring Center,  Room SF 1200 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on these dates. All meetings are free and open to the general public.

For more information about the Decatur Writers Group, please contact Constance Britt Whitehurst at 678-891-2579, or via email at

Faculty Development Days – Call for Proposals

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning-Perimeter College will be hosting Faculty Development Days on two Friday mornings this semester.  These days will provide an opportunity for faculty to share ideas about any teaching/learning strategies they’ve been using in the classroom. Faculty Development Days will compensate for the loss the centralized Faculty Development Day on the Clarkston campus (during those “student study days” we no longer see on our semester schedules).

The call for proposals seeks presentations about “engaging students, assessing student learning, e-learning/e-books, tying course materials to relevant life and educational experiences, motivating a diverse student body, etc.”  You may submit a proposal HERE.

Proposals are due by 5pm on Sept. 27, 2016 for the Oct. 14th FDD, and Oct. 21, 2016 for the Nov. 11 FDD.

Currently, two events are planned and all faculty are welcome to attend either event. To register for these events please fill out the brief form

  • Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 at Dunwoody Campus at 9am-2pm
  • Friday, November 11, 2016 at Decatur Campus at 9am-2pm

To register for these events please fill out the brief form HERE to attend FDD on Dunwoody campus, Oct. 14 and/or Register HERE to attend FDD on Decatur campus, Nov. 11.

For additional information please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at:

Decatur Book Festival held over Labor Day weekend.


Celebrate 11 Years of the AJC-Decatur Book Festival with The Chattahoochee Review

Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend with The Chattahoochee Review (TCR) at the annual AJC-Decatur Book Festival (AJC-DBF). This year marks the 11th running of the largest independent book festival in the country that features a stellar gathering of world-class authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, and booksellers. The festival kicks off at Emory’s Schwartz Center on Friday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. with its keynote event that pays tribute to the life and works of beloved and bestselling author Pat Conroy, who passed away in March from pancreatic cancer.

As in years past, TCR editors, along with faculty members from Perimeter College at Georgia State University’s English Department, will be participating in the following programs throughout the weekend festival:


  • Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4: The Chattahoochee Review Booth
  • Time: Saturday-10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday-Noon to 6 p.m.
  • Location: The Square in Downtown Decatur, Booth No. 516


  • Sunday, Sept. 4: Perimeter College on the Local Poetry Stage
  • Time: 1 to 1:55 p.m.
  • Presenters: Michael Diebert (Clarkston), Charles Fox (Decatur), Louise McKinney (Dunwoody), Gregg Murray (Dunwoody), Katherine Perry (Decatur), and Rebecca Weaver (Decatur)
  • Location: Java Monkey, Downtown Decatur

Other institutions participating in the track at this year’s event include: Clayton State University (Noon to 12:55 p.m.); Georgia State University’s Atlanta campus (2 to 3:05 p.m.); Morehouse College (3:10 to 3:45 p.m.); Georgia Institute of Technology (3:50 to 4:15 p.m.); Spelman College (4:20 to 5:20 p.m.); and Kennesaw State University (5:25 to 6 p.m.).


Saturday, Sept. 3: Perfume River (Reading)

  • Time: 10 to 10:45 a.m.
  • Author: Robert Olen Butler
  • Introducer: Anna Schachner, TCR editor
  • Location: Decatur Recreation Center Studio

Saturday, Sept. 3: Deadly Secrets (Discussion)

  • Time: 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Authors: Susan Crawford & Lucie Whitehouse
  • Moderator: Amber Nicole Brooks, TCR nonfiction editor
  • Location: Marriott Conference Center C

Sunday, Sept. 4: The Opposite of Everyone (Interview)

  • Time: 5 to 5:45 p.m.
  • Author: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Interviewer: Anna Schachner, TCR editor
  • Location: Sanctuary, First Baptist Church Decatur

One of the most anticipated aspects of the 2016 festival is the program track curated by novelist and Whiting Award-winner, Alexander Chee (The Queen of the Night). The Alexander Chee Selects Track will feature a dream team of authors who, through discussions about their works, will speak to themes related to how history tends to repeat itself.

Information about all of the free events taking place at the 11th Annual AJC-DBF—at which all are welcome—can be found on the festival’s Website.