Return of The Son of Listening in The Dark: An Evening of Spooky Stories for Grownups

Featuring Evan Bush, Joy Ovington, Jackie Elsner, Donna Butler & Eddie Whitlock


Athens-Clarke County Library

Appleton Auditorium

2025 Baxter Street

Athens, Georgia

706 613 3650 x343


Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 pm


It’s that most wonderful time of the year again, and Athens-Clarke County Library features a clutch of creepy librarians rendering macabre tales for grownups, this time with a twist of Poe. Our third annual program, Return of The Son of Listening in The Dark, happens Thursday at 7:00 pm, October 27, in the Appleton Auditorium at Athens-Clarke County Library. This year our storytellers are Eerie Evan Bush, Jack-O-Lantern Jackie Elsner, Evil Eddie Whitlock, Jabberwock Joy Ovington, and Devilish Donna Butler.


Evan Michael Bush is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Evan has lived in Athens for over 16 years as a librarian, storyteller, musician, artist and collector of midnight tales. He was the creator of October Country, an evening of supernatural horror and suspense, and the chair and organizer of the Stitching Stars Storytelling Festival here in Athens.


Donna O'Kelley Butler has been telling stories of one sort or another her whole life. Currently, she serves as the Branch Supervisor of the Bogart Library, where she entertains and enlightens hundreds of patrons, school children and teachers with her renditions of folktales, legends, myths and historical tales.


Eddie Whitlock manages the Library Store and coordinates volunteers for the Athens-Clarke County Library. He is author of two books: Evil is Always Human (2012) and POTUS of the Living Dead (2014).


Jackie Elsner enjoyed over forty years of library storytelling before her retirement from the Athens Regional Library System in 2014. She now tells Appalachian and Cherokee stories and sings ballads to guests at the Len Foote Hike Inn in Amicalola Falls State Park, GA.


Joy Ovington has enjoyed a lifetime of working in all aspects of performing and holds an MFA from the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Professional Actor Training. Favorite roles include Witch #3 in The Scottish Play and Nurse Ratched. While not working in Library Administration, she enjoys choir singing and working with the Circle Ensemble Theatre Company.


We would like to invite everyone to attend in costume… as Poe, “Poe-inspired,” or as a character from a story or poem - Prince Prospero? Annabel Lee? The Raven? A Cask of Amontillado? Let your imagination be your guide. You may win a copy of a collection of Poe stories and verse!


The event is sponsored by Reflecting, Sharing, Learning in cooperation with the UGA College of Education and The Big Read as part of Poetober, a month-long celebration of Edgar Allan Poe in Athens. Admission is, as always, free and open to the public.



Our program The Birth of a Nation: A Look at the Nat Turner Rebellion on August 23 drew an enthusiastic near-capacity crowd to the library, and if you missed it you can now watch the videos. MC Montu Miller hosted a two-hour + program featuring hip-hop, poetry, activism and academic analysis. The program was part of a nationwide initiative sponsored by the American Library Association Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, the United Nations Remember Slavery Program, and Fox Searchlight Pictures, who will be releasing the new film on October 7. 

Nate Parker, the film's writer, director and star, said: "Above all, I want The Birth of a Nation to inspire audience members to recognize and resist unjust systems domestically and abroad…this speaker series is a great way to engage local communities in an honest discussion about slavery and its legacy in America."

Participating in the program were Montu Miller, Eric Johnson, Dr Valerie Babb, The Talented Mr Winfrey, Mariah Parker, Celest Divine, Broderick Flanigan, Shedrick Barnett, Darren Rhym, and Ishues. The program was introduced by Athens-Clarke County Library Director Valerie Bell.

 Part 1

Part 2

Word Magic: A Poetry Workshop

David Oates, Host of Wordland on WUGA FM


Athens-Clarke County Library

Multipurpose Room C

2025 Baxter Street

Athens, Georgia

706 613 3650 x343


September 3, 10 + 17

3 Saturdays, 2–4 pm


In just a few simple words, you can create something that will take a reader to a place from your experience, your memory, or your imagination. Capture moments that made you feel something, from nature or from people. This form has the effect of an artful photograph, except readers will make the picture themselves, and you will be able to include all the other senses as well as sight!


While the starting point for this approach is from Japanese poetry tradition, we won’t limit ourselves to traditional subjects or worry about counting syllables too much. David Oates will lead this workshop with examples from his own and others’ work and exercises to help you get into the flow of this.


Mr. Oates has 30 years experience teaching writing, has had three books published, and his work has appeared in many magazines He is the host and producer of Wordland on WUGA FM. Oates received his master’s in creative writing from the University of Illinois—Chicago.

This class is FREE and open to the public, but space is limited! Call 706 613 3650 x343 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.