poetry

Courtesy Anya Silver

Anya Silver did not flinch from talking about death.

Death enraged her, moved her to compassion and incited her to worry for her son, all of which she wrote about in her poetry published in four books and dozens of journals, but she was never afraid of talking about it. In fact, as a poet Silver thought it was her job to see that her reader confront death as she had.

 


Matthew Murphy

On this edition of “Two Way Street,” we’re talking to Tony-award winning director, Kenny Leon, about his Broadway revival of the play, “Children of a Lesser God.”

The GOP tax bill has many concerned the law will negatively impact the middle class while bolstering the rich. But a new study from the union Actors Equity finds another problem: the tax bill could also harm Georgia’s film industry. They looked at how the plan might reduce deductions and reimbursements for contractors and part-time film workers. We talk about this with Chris Joyner with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution -- he writes the AJC Watchdog column. Also Craig Miller, Film Producer and Founder of Craig Miller Productions.

Courtesy of Anya Silver

Poet Anya Silver often writes about depression, fear, and living with cancer. But her latest collection “Second Bloom” is also about life and joy.

Emily Jones / GPB News

A small crowd, many of them students, gathered at Savannah State University’s Payne Hall Thursday afternoon for a first look at a new set of portraits decorating the halls.

The eight large paintings by local artist Scott Stanton - known as Panhandle Slim - feature well-known poets like Alice Walker and Gwendolyn Brooks, including several with ties to the university. In signature Panhandle Slim style, each prominently features a quote from the writer.

 

Mercer University

Macon poet Anya Silver says her poetry has helped her come to terms with mortality. Silver’s life could have taken a much different turn. She was first diagnosed with an aggressive and lethal form of breast cancer when she was 35 years old and pregnant. It didn’t stop her. She continues to teach English at Mercer University, and she's a writer. Her poetry earned her a spot as one of last  year's Georgia Author of the Year award recipients.