Reading Matters

Reading series now on Central Avenue

Out with the old. In with the new.

Vin Master on South Boulevard is out for poetry readings. Charlotte Center for Literary Arts on Central Avenue is in for poetry readings.

Leading off this year’s Third-Friday series at the Charlotte Center will be poet and visual artist Jonathan Rice, who will read from his new collection, Killing Time (Main Street Rag), on Friday ( 1/15) at 7 p.m.

The poems in Killing Time are edgy and playful, occasionally sad. Rice writes of women who like to eat Godiva Chocolate, who bathe with natural sponges, women whose hands he holds, who listen to the music of trees, who sway “in meditation / breathing / breathing out... .”

These are poems to breathe in and breathe out and enjoy.

Collaborators of the new reading series are Rice and Scott Douglass, publisher of Main Street Rag. They are in partnership with the Charlotte Center for Literary Arts co-founders Kathie Collins and Paul Reali.

Because the location at 1817 Central Ave., Suite 302, is not a cafe or wine bar, guests are invited to bring their own beverages.

Parking is behind the building, which also houses The Light Factory and International House. The lot is accessible from The Plaza off Hamorton.