The UUCA Performing Arts Coordinating Team is delighted to welcome Marti Keller, poet, essayist, blogger, former cultural reporter and arts critic, as the Spoken Word featured artist for September. In 2014, Marti was a poet in residence in Atlanta as part of the 50th anniversary of the National Wilderness Act, using local nature preserves as the focus of her work. Her poetry books include Six Blessings and a Lament, Prickly Pear, and South/West. She is currently working on a chapbook, Life Lists, reflecting her family background of birding, and E-Lines, verses previously written on the note app on her smart phone and only shared through e-mail.

UUCA congregants know Rev. Keller as the former Associate Minister at UUCA, where she served from 2006-2013; as the affiliated minister with the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation; and as an independent consultant on congregational ministry. She also is chair of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, serves on the Ministerial Leadership Network of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, and is a member of the UU Society for Community Ministries.

An open mic session between the two sets of readings by the featured Spoken Word artist offers local poets the opportunity to share their work. Wine, soft drinks, and cheese will be available. Any questions about this event or the series (occurs the second Friday of each month) should be sent to Carol Welter, at welterdelis@gmail.com. Location of the event is the Underground Theatre, the primary performing arts venue of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta, 30329 (alternate address for the parking lot: 1597 Interstate-85 Frontage Road, Atlanta, GA 30329). Doors open at 7 pm; readings are from 7:30-9:30 pm. Suggested admission donation is $5, but no one is turned away.

PLEASE NOTE: The readings may contain adult content and language.