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Best of Atlanta 2011 Poets Artists and Madmen

 

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Poets, Artists & Madmen

New is exciting. New makes you want to prance around and show off. But new don't last forever. Last year, we celebrated all kinds of new and exciting things about the local arts scene, but we wondered if Atlanta's poets, artists and madmen could build on the momentum they had gained.

The answer? You betcha.

The indie dance scene blossomed into a full-on movement, the local filmmaking scene hummed along with passion and excitement and the High Museum mounted its most expansive exhibit yet for a local artist.

After helping redefine the city's artistic identity, a new confidence seems to have arisen among Atlanta's emerging artists, a maturity that's allowed for an increasingly refined and nuanced creative community.

Now that's something to prance around and show off about.

— Debbie Michaud

Best author to befuddle the critics BOA Award Winner

Blake Butler
When Atlanta author Blake Butler's surrealist domestic novel There Is No Year showed up in the New York Times Book Review earlier this year, critic Joseph Salvatore waxed equal parts ecstatic and befuddled. In his effort to describe the language-driven tale of a mother, father and son, he dropped namesmore...
When Atlanta author Blake Butler's surrealist domestic novel There Is No Year showed up in the New York Times Book Review earlier this year, critic Joseph Salvatore waxed equal parts ecstatic and befuddled. In his effort to describe the language-driven tale of a mother, father and son, he dropped names like William Faulkner, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. And then he declined to take a stab at interpreting what the book might be about. This is true in much of the criticism around Butler's work: Whether critics love him or hate him (and there are plenty of both) they seem to have no clue what to do with his work. That reaction speaks to There Is No Year's visceral power: It will run through your body as much as your mind and probably leave you mumbling to yourself for days. www.gillesdeleuzecommittedsuicideandsowilldrphil.com. less...

Best local poet BOA Award Winner

Kevin Young

Best male actor and best female actor BOA Award Winner

Chris Kayser and Tess Malis Kincaid
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