Photo © Gail Des Jardin
  • WhenNovember 14-16, 2012
  • WhereGoat Farm, Atlanta, GA

A three-day independent literature festival with writing workshops, discussion panels, and live readings featuring some of the country’s finest independent authors.


Thursday, Nov 14 @ Mother
8 pm Kickoff Event w/ Jericho Brown, Matt DeBenedicitis, Jacob Scheier, Kim Henderson

Tickets available online now
$15 tickets at the door

Friday, Nov 15 @ The Goat Farm Arts Center
6:30 pm Author Talk w/ Roxane Gay

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8 pm Live Readings w/ Scott McClanahan, Mary Miller, Ajay Vishwanathan, Monic Ductan

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$15 tickets at the door

Saturday, Nov 16 @ The Goat Farm Arts Center
2 pm Poetry Workshop led by Jacob Scheier

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2 pm Fiction Workshop led by Kim Henderson

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4 pm Panel: “Diverse Voices in Independent Literature” w/ Roxane Gay, Matthew Salesses, Mary Miller, Chad Prevost

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8 pm Live Readings w/ Roxane Gay, Blake Butler, Matthew Salesses, Jenny Sadre-Orafai

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$15 tickets at the door


Kickoff event @ Mother. Everything else @ The Goat Farm Arts Center.

Join Us

All tickets and registration for free events available now at Brown Paper Tickets.


The Letters Festival was started by a small group of artists who believe in the power of independent literature and are committed to increasing its role in Atlanta’s rich artistic culture. The festival is the first collaborative effort between the founding members, but as individuals they have a wide array of experience and accolades including numerous publications in literary and art journals, participation in multiple art exhibitions, involvement in many community based art projects, including creating a monthly reading series, curating photography exhibits and working with a local literary magazine.

To contact the festival staff, please use the following contact information:

Alex Gallo-Brown—alex[at]thelettersfestival[dot]org

Scott Daughtridge—scott[at]thelettersfestival[dot]org

Stephanie Dowda—stephanie[at]thelettersfestival[dot]org



The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, The Goat Farm Arts Center, Priceless Misc., Mother, Bang! Arts, The Highland Inn, ScoutMob, Creative Loafing, Vouched Books, WonderRoot, Laura Relyea, Justin Newton, Saint 48, Jason Kofke, Mindzai, Justin Ruckman, Ethan Fogus, Jenne Lobsenz, Jessica Gonzalez, Anthony Harper & Mark Dinatale.


Gene & Nancy Hooff, Gwen Smith, Marty Smith, Laurie Brown, Lee & Cathy Daughtridge, Matt Gallo & Adele Kapp!!!


Our amazing team of volunteers: Ethan Fogus, Daniel Lamb, Ryan Pieroni, Sarah Petefish, Summer McPherson, Laura Carter, Sherri Claudell & Stacy Mattingly.

Others who believed in us: Dustin Stevens, John Robinson, Beth Malone, Jake Lewis, Patrick Brigman, Randy Joseph, Kelly K Jones, Brannon Boyle, Bethany Putnam, Jessica Caldas, Dana & Brian Germain, Kristen Juarez, Amy Pence, Emily Hicks, Nancy Vandevender, Todd Wells & Salomeh Hasheminasab, Ethan Fogus, Susan Sorensen, Julie Harris, Paige Kropacek, Paige Wetmore, Ryan & Courtney Charles, Karen Landman, Matt DeBenedictis, Daniel Daughtridge, Antonio Darden, Chris Langley, “Parulka”, Brendan Dochney, Erica Jamison, Jen Tatasciore, and Foundling Review.

We also want to thank Roxane Gay, Mary Miller, Scott McClanahan, Matthew Salesses, Jericho Brown, Monic Ductan, Chad Prevost, Kim Henderson, Jacob Scheier, Blake Butler, Ajay Vishwanathan, Matt DeBenedictis, Jenny Sadre-Orafai, Bruce Covey, Jamie Iredell, Johnny Drago, Matthew Sherling, Jesse Lichtenstein, Soniah Kamal, & Johannes Göransson!


Our project is funded in part by The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

The Letters Festival is co-produced by The Goat Farm Arts Center.

Our sponsors are Priceless Misc & Mother