Last year’s Decatur Book Festival was Free Poems on Demand’s debut in Atlanta. Since then, we have appeared in many festivals, campuses, street corners, and art galleries. So it is fitting for us to come back at this year’s Decatur Book Festival to write more poems than we have ever written ever! We had a whole line-up of extra writers helping us too: Benjamin Solomon, Ed Hall, Allison Rentz & Ping Pong, Priscilla Smith, Heather Buzzard, Melysa Martinez, Emily Baughman, Andrew Page, and Amy Herschleb. This doesn’t even take account for our regular writers Jon Ciliberto, Robin Bernat, Zac Denton, and me! That’s 14 writers! We would also like to thank Dan Beauregard for the typewriter, Duane Marcus for the canopy, Kill Your Darlings Atlanta for helping us write, Bill and Amy from The Seen Gallery, and Ed Hall and Priscilla Smith from Eyedrum, and all the readers at this year’s Experimental Writer’s Asylum.
The first day was HOT HOT HOT, even under the canopy. There were huge crowds in the first two hours or so, then we got a little rest as the day wore on and there were fewer demands (but still a steady stream). The second day was much nicer, cool, a little drizzly but not bad. And a steady stream of great topics from DBF demanders. Here are only about half of the many photos we ended up taking (click to enlarge):