The Poetry Society of Georgia 2010-11 Reading Series continues on Saturday, Feb. 19 with a reading by David Bottoms at the Savannah Book Festival.
David Bottoms was born in Canton, Ga., in 1949. He attended Mercer University for his BA and received his MA at the graduate program in English at West Georgia College. After graduate school, he taught part-time until 1979, when his first book, "Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump," was selected by Robert Penn Warren as the winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. Bottoms received a fellowship at Florida State University, where he earned his PhD. In 1982 he took a teaching position at Georgia State University, and co-founded Five Points, a literary magazine. In 2000, Bottoms was appointed Georgia's poet laureate.
The Poetry Society of Georgia Reading series is co-sponsored by the Telfair Museum of Art, Southern Poetry Review, Armstrong's Department of Language, Literature and Philosophy, The Live Oak Public Libraries, the Book Lady Bookstore and the Savannah Book Festival. The series is supported by the City of Savannah's "Weave a Dream" initiative and the National Endowment for the Arts.