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7 Stages launches their 2019-2020 Big Read program featuring Kelly Link’s Pretty Monsters as their book selection with a conversation between poets Theresa Davis and Shay Alexi. Like in Link’s Pretty Monsters, Alexi’s debut chapbook Diary of a Ghost Girl explores both real-life topics like queer identity and feminine fellowship in the midst of more mythological elements like zombies. Join us as one of Atlanta’s best-known performance poets and author of Drowned: A Mermaids Manifesto sparks a conversation with Alexi about making real-life monsters more approachable with a touch of the unreal.

Shay Alexi is a writer and performance artist based out of Atlanta, GA. They are the author of Diary of a Ghost Girl, and their writing has been featured by The Rumpus, Button Poetry, PANK, and Tinderbox Poetry, amongst others. Shay was selected to attend the Tin House Poetry Workshop in 2019. They placed first in the nation with their slam teams at the 2018 National Poetry Slam Group Piece finals and the 2018 Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam. Shay earned a BFA in Acting from Ball State University, and they have toured nationally performing a one-person poetry show. Learn more about Shay and read their work at

Theresa Davis is one of Atlanta’s best-known performance poets, giving voice to the things that you’ve been thinking but never could articulate. Theresa has forged an impressive career as a solo performer, winning poetry slams and featuring at spoken word venues around Atlanta and the nation, as well as leading writing and performance workshops and headlining conferences across the southeast. She is a member of The Word Diversity Collective/Art Amok and represented Atlanta as a member of the 2006 – 2011 Art Amok Slam Team. In March of 2011 Theresa was ranked #1 female slam poet in the world as the winner of the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Theresa now combines her teaching and writing styles to teach poetry workshops for teens and adults. Her first full collection of poems entitled, After This We Go Dark was published in 2013. Her second book, Drowned: A Mermaid’s Manifesto, was voted as one of 2017’s Books All Georgians Should Read.

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