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Scott Thomas Outlar lives and writes in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys spending time with the trees alone in silent thought, and also loves attending festivals where the voice of humanity can be heard in full throat. He has been a weekly contributor for the Dissident Voice newsletter since 2014, and during that time has published poetry, essays, and articles in more than 330 literary venues around the world. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. His poem “Kingdom of Chaos” won the 2016 Nibstears Poetry Cave Contest in Nigeria. He was a recipient of the 2017 Setu Mag Award for Excellence in the field of literature. Selections of his poetry have been translated into Afrikaans, Albanian, Dutch, French, Italian, Persian, and Serbian. He guest-edited the 2019 Western Voices special edition of Setu Mag. He began hosting a radio podcast, Songs of Selah, in the fall of 2018, and welcomes weekly guests onto the program to discuss their work and life. His speech “Of Songs and Dreams: How Words Take Shape” was delivered for the Atlanta Writers Club at Georgia State University in March of 2019. He has also been invited to read at literary events such as: Voices from the Crowd at The Poetry Society in London, England; Free Times Café in Toronto, Canada; Thirty West Publishing House Presents at Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Alien Buddha Invades Erie at Ember + Forge Coffee Shop in Erie, Pennsylvania; A Novel Idea at Peach & the Porkchop in Roswell, Georgia; UUCA’s Wine, Cheese, and the Spoken Word in Atlanta, Georgia; Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia; Good Acting Studio in Marietta, Georgia; and City Lights Café at Church of the Holy Comforter in Gadsden, Alabama. His books include: Of Sand and Sugar (Cyberwit, 2019) Abstract Visions of Light (Alien Buddha Press, 2018) Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017) Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016) Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016) Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015) Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, live events, radio podcasts, and books can be found. His publications at Ray of Thought include: Extinction Is the Genesis of Evolution Casting Spells Instead of Stones Sound and Form Chewing the Cud

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Sound and Form- By Scott Thomas Outlar |Opinion

Words are fire erupting from the blood, a volcano amplifying in the mind, an explosion from unknown subconscious realms that sends the psyche spinning in a swirl toward new ideas. Words are the garden of...

Casting Spells Instead Of Stones-By Scott Thomas Outlar

Ignorance is bliss, some would say, because if you aren’t aware of something then you don't have to be responsible for living in accordance with the resulting consequences and repercussions that may arise from...

Extinction Is the Genesis of Evolution- A Poem By Scott Outlar

Crossing the bridge from distortion into silence creates the electric hum of a new awakening. If art is an unfolding rhythm then life must be a song in motion. There are certain comparisons that never seem to pop...

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