Atlanta Noir

Decatur City Hall presented by City of Decatur

Saturday, 11:15-12:00

Atlanta is one of America’s most dynamic and fastest-growing cities, with an increasingly diverse population. Atlanta Noir honors the city’s transformation—albeit in a chilling manner—with a highly talented crew of contributors who know the city inside and out.


Anthony Grooms

Anthony Grooms teaches fiction writing, literature and American Studies, and directs the M.A. in Professional Writing program at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. He has also taught in Ghana and Sweden, and lectured in Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. His fiction, poetry and essays have been published in numerous journals and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad. His novel Bombingham, set against the Civil Rights Movement, is often taught in high schools and colleges. It was a Washington Post notable book and was chosen as a city-wide common read for D.C. The critical edition of Trouble No More: Stories can be found as an e-book, and another novel, The Vain Conversation, is forthcoming.

Grooms has twice won the Lillian Smith Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Foundation award. He holds fellowships from Yaddo, Bread Loaf, the National Endowment for the Arts and Fulbright.

John W. Holman

John Holman is the author of a short story collection, Squabble and Other Stories, and a novel, Luminous Mysteries. His written work has also appeared in various anthologies and such publications as The New Yorker, Mississippi Review, Crescent Review, Appalachee Quarterly, Carolina Quarterly, Oxford American and Alabama Literary Review. He also has written on issues related to the teaching of creative writing.

Holman has received grants and awards for his writing from the Winston-Salem Arts Council, the North Carolina Cultural Arts Coalition, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation and the University of South Florida Research and Creative Scholarship Fund.

At Georgia State University, Holman teaches graduate and undergraduate fiction writing. He is frequently invited to speak and read his fiction at other universities, literary workshops and professional conferences. His hosts have included The Brockport Writers’ Forum, The Manhattan Theater Club and the Florida Suncoast Writers’ Conference.

Sheri Joseph

Sheri Joseph is the author of the novels Where You Can Find Me and Stray, as well as Bear Me Safely Over, a cycle of stories. She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the Grub Street National Book Prize in fiction, as well as numerous residency fellowships including MacDowell and Yaddo. She lives in Atlanta, where she teaches in the creative writing program at Georgia State University.

Alesia Parker

Alesia Parker, a native Atlantan, is a happy chemist by day and closeted writer by night. She has honed her craft through various writing workshops in the Atlanta area over the past decade. Her story in this volume, “Ma’am,” is excerpted from her manuscript-in-progress, Always Watching. This is her first published story.


Suzanne Van Atten

Suzanne Van Atten is editor of Personal Journeys, an award-winning long-form narrative feature that appears weekly in the Sunday Living & Arts section of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is author of Moon Puerto Rico, a travel guide now in its fourth edition, and a Pushcart Prize-nominated essayist, who’s been published in The Gettysburg Review, The Chattahoochee Review and Full Grown People. She is director of the Decatur Writers Studio and has taught writing classes at Emory University, Emory Continuing Education and Hub City Writers Project.