Here's a look at the Inspired Georgia event which took place at the end of this year's festival. Video was shot and edited by Virginie Kippelen.
"From the University of Georgia Press, "Inspired Georgia" takes a thoughtful look at our state through the prism of poems and photographs by writers and artists with ties to the area.
The collection of previously published poems represents a significant number of local literati, including co-editor Judson Mitcham, Thomas Lux, Janisse Ray, Jericho Brown, David Bottoms, Kevin Young, Natasha Trethewey and Coleman Barks. Subjects run the gamut from “An Ode to Silence” by Megan Sexton to a broken engagement by Erin Ganaway to a meditation on the color blue — or azul — by Judith Ortiz Cofer.
Among the photographs are fresh looks at predictable scenes — a diner, a high school homecoming, a country fair, a red barn. But there are surprising finds, too: Christina Hadley’s moody, snowy shadow play; Laura Noel’s mesmerizing abstract; Joeff Davis’ playful lake scene.
And in the center is a stunning spread of moody, square-format landscapes by Diane Kirkland of some of our state’s natural jewels, including Mount Arabia, Ossabaw, Lake Burton, Sapelo and the Chattahoochee River. (Edited by Judson Mitcham, Michael David Murphy and Karen L. Paty. UGA Press. $34.95)"