VouchedATL Launch Reading Review

11 Aug

I’m still kind of reeling from the Vouched ATL reading. It was more than a reading. Can we call it a party? Let’s.

I know that it has been a few weeks. I should have gathered myself off of the floor and shared this with you sooner, I know. First and foremost, we should reiterate some thank you’s. The most epic thank you to Purge ATL (especially Matt DeBenedictis, Tim Song, and Johnny Carroll) for their sponsorship and support. A warm hug of a thank you to Young Blood Gallery for donating their space and time to us, and to all of our readers.  First of all, who doesn’t love Instagram? Look at these sweet shots.  If you look in the back right corner of the first photograph you can see Johnny, Tim, and Matt manning the bar. Look at that stupendous crowd! We all survived the heat together, it was grand. As Heather Christle said “Are you all good and sweaty? That’s how  I like you.” Apparently that’s also how our listeners like our readers also. Look at how much everyone loves listening to Ben Spivey read!

Our first reader, Vouched’s good luck charm, James Tadd Adcox blew us away with his swagger. I mean, look at this guy:
Who ever is to his right, he was definitely looking right at you. You probably swooned. Tadd’s words were charming, funny, and full of insight. His pants were pin-striped, and as we all know, there’s nothing classier than pin-stripes.

Next up was Ben SpiveyBen reads with such purpose. It’s intense like a hurricane. I really like that about Ben. You did too.

Then was the very dear Amy McDaniel who was so delightful, endearing, and all-around lovely that she probably inadvertently seduced half of the audience. Here, you can see it happening:

The magic continued with Bruce Covey, who I don’t think I’ve ever seen without a smile on his face. His poetry made us smile too, the happiness was contagious.Last but not least was the beguiling Heather Christle, who got us up out of our seats and spinning, because the poem she read first was better when heard dizzy. We were all very much obliged to twirl together, but the truth is Heather’s words have a way of making the room reel on their own. Our movement only enhanced it, like a good pairing of wine and cheese.

Thank you all so much for coming out to join us! I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

If you are in the area, and would like to find out more about what Vouched is all about, please join me at:

4 Responses to “VouchedATL Launch Reading Review”

  1. tlgobble August 11, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    Looks so funcoolawesome Laura. Good work and good lineup.

    Looks like you’ve got some great events/ideas up your sleeve. Good luck.

  2. ce. August 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Looks like it was such a rad and wonderful event. Wish the whole Vouched crew could have been on hand!

  3. Laura Straub August 12, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    It would have been awesome to have everyone all together at once! One of these days.
    Thank you Tyler and Christopher!


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