Historic Macon hosts a series of lectures and talks known as “Sidney’s Salons” in honor of the famed poet Sidney Lanier. Historic Macon inherited the Sidney Lanier Cottage from the Middle Georgia Historical Society and continues to uphold the legacy of Sidney Lanier through these programs.

Salons are generously supported by Capital City Bank and Bob and Carolyn Hargrove.

All Salons begin with a reception at 5:30pm and the presentation begins at 6pm. Salons are free for members, $5 for non-members, and $3 for students.

Salon with John Griffin, author of after the meltdown

Tuesday, September 13 • 5:30pm-7pm

Sidney Lanier Cottage • 935 High St.

Join Historic Macon as we host John Griffin, author of After the Meltdown. Griffin will share his work and process for writing After the Meltdown, a lyrical and narrative poetry accented with off the beaten path unique photography.


John Charles Griffin is a poet, photographer, musician, a 1984 graduate of Valdosta State University with a B.A. in English Literature. Griffin is a Macon, Georgia native and serves on the Board of Trustees with The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House. He is a U.S. Navy Veteran having served with the U.S. Middle East Forces in the Persian Gulf. His poems have appeared in anthologies SHADES AND SHADOWS, SILVER VALLEY VOICE, and VELVET CRESCENDO. Griffin has performed spoken word in Atlanta's Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Decatur's Java Monkey Coffee House, Macon's Sidney Lanier Cottage and Golden Bough Bookstore. His photographs have appeared in Macon Magazine, Georgia Music Magazine, 11th Hour, Gritz Magazine, and Kudzu Online.

Born in Hahira, Georgia, Griffin spent his early years living and working on a family farm where the way of life included hard work, tending crops, home-grown vegetables, a rural route book mobile, grocery truck, skinny dipping, and riding school buses on dirt roads through cypress swamps, where bridges washed out over creeks during the rainy season.