Georgian writer, poet, and playwright Irakli Kakabadze has published five books, and more than fifty short stories since 1990 in Georgian, Russian and English publications. His celebrated play "Candidate Jokola," is a story of love between a Georgian man and Abkhaz woman. Known in his country as a political activist, Kakabadze was one of the first writers in Georgia to write about drugs and violence. Kakabadze is a visiting scholar at Cornell and writer-in-residence with the CRESP-sponsored Ithaca City of Asylum.

Kakabadze read from his work on September 4, 2008 in Cornell's Goldwin Smith Hall. The event is part of the Creative Writing Program's fall 2008 Reading Series, which features established and emerging artists.