Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert Goes Primetime

The Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert, an Emory hallmark over the holiday season, reaches a larger audience this year when it will be aired by Georgia Public Broadcasting on Sunday, December 23, at 8pm.

Produced by the W.B. Yeats Foundation at Emory and directed by James Flannery, the Concert celebrates in music, dance, poetry, song and story the high spirits and mystical beauty of the Irish and Scots-­Irish Christmas traditions and their connections with the traditional culture of the American South. Last year’s show won the 2012 Southeast Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Entertainment. Featured artists include three Grammy Award winners:

  • Moya Brennan, known as “the First Lady of Celtic Song,” performing a number of familiar and lesser-­known Christmas carols;
  • Riverdance composer Bill Whelan with a beautiful choral setting of a 7th century Irish prayer poem, “Quis Est Deus”; and
  • Alison Brown, one of the great five-string banjo players in the world and the first woman ever to win the Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award, performing bluegrass music with close ties to the Celtic lands.

Also featured in the concert are the soulful harmonies of Rising Appalachia, a dynamic duo winning applause with their innovative interpretations of traditional Southern music. Other crowd-­pleasing performers are percussionist Joe Craven, renowned Irish balladeer John Doyle as well as stellar uillean piper John Maschinot, old-­time fiddle trio the Rosin Sisters and some of the top traditional musicians of the Southeast.

W.B. Yeats Foundation Homepage

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Poet Kevin Young Named Best in Atlanta


In its annual “Best of Atlanta” issue, Creative Loafing named creative writing professor Kevin Young (Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing) the best in his field.

Poet Kevin Young has drawn on musical traditions from blues to jazz to gospel throughout his career, especially in his 2003 National Book Award-finalist poetry collection Jelly Roll: A Blues. In January 2011, the Emory professor published the epic Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels — a personal project 20 years in the making. The volume is something like a collection of demo tapes, with Young appropriating disparate musical forms — aria, hymn, blues — and translating them into poetic terms. The result is wildly varied, a perfect match for the chorus of different voices he invokes to tell the story of Cinque and the other African rebels that mutinied the slave ship Amistad in 1839. The book reveals not only the story told through the poems, but also the story of a poet exploring his craft.


Phoning in poems

Heather Christle is making news — and lighting up phone lines — with her poetry these days. The Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Emory has set up a special phone line so she can read her poems at the request of callers.

“It was not something I planned out when I was writing the poems,” she says of her new collection, The Trees The Trees (Octopus Books, 2011), which contains several references to the telephone. “At some point it came to me that it would be a cool experiment to see what would happen if I set up a phone number where people could call me and actually hear a poem.”

Read the full Emory Report article (July 11, 2011)

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Video of Cristle reading her poems publishes issue #2

The second issue of the Emory based journal is now online. is a quarterly journal of art, philosophy and politics affiliated with Emory University. It is edited by Jennifer Ashton, Todd Cronan, Michael Fried, Oren Izenberg, Brian Kane, Ruth Leys, Walter Benn Michaels, Charles Palermo, Robert Pippin, Victoria Scott, and James Welling.

Issue #2, Table of Contents

Richard Neer, “Terrence Malick’s New World”

Dossier on Neuroaesthetics

Whitney Davis, “Neurovisuality”

Charles Palermo, Response to Davis with Reply by Davis

Blakey Vermeule, “Fiction: A Dialogue”

Jennifer Ashton, “Two Problems with the Neuroaesthetic Theory of Interpretation”

Blakey Vermeule, Response to Ashton

Charles W. Haxthausen, “Carl Einstein, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Cubism, and the Visual Brain”

Brian Kane, “Music, Image Schemata and ‘‘The Hidden Art’”


Michael Fried, “Three Poems”


Interview with Robert Pippin: “After Hegel”

Interview with Walter Benn Michaels on Photography and Politics


Ruth Leys, On Catherine Malabou’s What Should We Do with Our Brain?

Marnin Young, On Cathy Gere’s Knossos and The Prophets of Modernism

See for more recent additions.

For more information, contact Todd Cronan, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History.