Mythic Journeys, a book launch, poetry reading and book signing, will be held on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at Pasha Coffee and Tea, 3914 St. Elmo Ave.
Music will be provided by Pickled Pepper Pickers and poets Ray Zimmerman and Robert S. King will read from their new collections. Food and drink will be available.
Mr. Zimmerman’s latest poetry collection is First Days (Finishing Line Press, 2013). Mr. Zimmerman is president of the Chattanooga Writers Guild and has previously served as board member, president, and vice president. His performance poems, including “Sign” (AKA “Mercury”), “No Hair,””Madness,””A Special Place” and “Ham and Rye” have won prizes in poetry slams. He is the executive editor of Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets from Ford, Falcon, and McNeil, publishers. Southern Light was the featured topic of a panel discussion at the Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, 2011 and recently received a favorable review in the literary magazine, 2nd and Church.
Mr. King lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. His poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, including California Quarterly, Chariton Review, Kenyon Review, Main Street Rag, Midwest Quarterly, and Southern Poetry Review. He has published three chapbooks (When Stars Fall Down as Snow, Garland Press 1976; Dream of the Electric Eel, Wolfsong Publications 1982; and The Traveller’s Tale, Whistle Press 1998). His full-length collections are The Hunted River and The Gravedigger’s Roots, both from Shared Roads Press, 2009; and One Man's Profit (Sweatshoppe Publications, 2013). He recently stepped down as director of FutureCycle Press in order to devote more time to his own writing.