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2021 Route 1 Reads Poetry Reading

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Poets from Maine to Florida, featured on the 2021 Route 1 Reads:Poetry list, participate in a virtual poetry reading.

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Told in ancient caves around campfires, and recited from bunting-draped, white marble rostrums, Poetry is an ancient and evocative form of expression celebrated in every language and culture around the globe. Evolving into different types and genres, Poetry uses form and interpretation to elicit a response from the reader. Tales of heroism, songs of heartache, all have rhyme, meter, and other stylistic elements unique to their form of expression. Epic to elegy, song to Psalm, Poetry endures and inspires whether written introspectively in a journal, or slammed on a stage.

The Poetry selections on the 2021 Route 1 Reads reading list represent the great Poetry traditions from each of our states. History, homage, reflection, and revolution are distilled down to stanzas, couplets, lines, words.

Whether readers are at home or on the road this summer, we hope that this list of must-read books will keep everyone turning pages until Labor Day. The full list of featured books is listed here, in geographical order from North to South: Route1Reads.

About Route 1 Reads

Connecting the 2,369 miles of U.S. Route 1 from Ft. Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, the Route 1 Reads initiative is a partnership between 16 affiliate Centers for the Book to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their states or commonwealths for readers travelling this meandering highway. The initiative was launched at the 2015 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

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The East Coast Centers for the Book are pleased to present a poetry reading highlighting each state selection for the 2021 Route 1 Reads list. Poets will participate live on Zoom, or in pre-recorded readings to be shown at the event. A full list of participating poets will be available soon. Please check back for updates!

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Organizer Georgia Center for the Book

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The Georgia Center for the Book (GCB) has become the largest non-profit literary presenting organization in the Southeast and one of the largest in the nation. The Center’s mission is to support libraries, promote literacy and the literary arts, and preserve the literary heritage of Georgia.The GCB hosts monthly author events and Poetry readings; coordinates the Georgia River of Words, and the Georgia Letters About Literature student writing competitions; co-sponsors the Book As Art Exhibition, the Lillian Smith Book Awards, The Townsend Prize for Fiction, The SCBWI Gallery Show; and compiles the Books All Georgians and Young Georgians Should Read lists, annually.

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