Deadlines and Hot Shops [8.28.14]

Lynnell Edwards will be joining me on the radio hour Thursday [8.28.14] with “Kings of the Rock and Roll Hot Shop (Or, What Breaks)” 

Lynnell Major Edwards is the author of three collections of poetry, most recentlyCovet (October, 2011), and also The Farmer’s Daughter (2003) and The Highwayman’s Wife (2007), all from Red Hen Press.  Her short fiction and book reviews have appeared most recently in Connecticut Review, American Book Review, Pleiades, New Madrid, and others. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky where, since 2010 she has been president of  Louisville Literary Arts, a non-profit literary arts organization that sponsors the monthly InKY reading series and The Writer’s Block Festival. She is also Associate Professor of English at Spalding University.  She also teaches creative writing at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and is available for readings and workshops in a variety of settings.

Her Chapbook, “Kings of the Rock and Roll Hot Shop” was released this year by Accent’s Publishing, but was researched intensively at Flame Run Gallery in 2010 at their Market Street location.  Edwards explores all aspects of glassmaking with a concise 17 poems.  All senses. All meditations–From process and history to the methodological clutter and clean up, Edwards paints a full canvas of the art of glass shaping as colorful and beautifully transparent as the glass she describes. 

Tune in Thursday at 1pm on artFM to hear live readings and discussion.  


Deadlines Approaching. I repeat. Deadlines: 

September 1stRadar 

Women only 3-6 unpublished poems. 

September 30thNew Southerner

fiction, non-fiction, poetry 

October 1stAmerican Literary Review

short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry 

October 15Writer’s Block

1-3 unpublished poems

***Writers Block will also begin accepting reservations for workshops on September 1st. HERE 


write on, 

Rachel short

Thursday on the radio hour: Idris Goodwin [8.21.14] also this week…

Idris Goodwin is an award winning playwright, essayist, and spoken word artist. His play HOW WE GOT ON, developed at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2012 Humana Festival. Nominated for an ATCA Steinberg New Play Award. Critically acclaimed and published by Playscripts, HOW WE GOT ON is being widely remounted across the country. Goodwin was back at Humana Festival this year as co-writer of Remix 38. Upcoming productions include: THIS IS MODERN ART at Steppenwolf Theater and AND IN THIS CORNER: CASSIUS CLAY at StageOne. He holds writing commissions from B Street Theater and InterAct (as recipient of their annual 20/20 Award). Goodwin has been a writer in residence at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor Program, The Kennedy Center and New Harmony Project. Goodwin is a Core Writer with The Playwrights’ Center and a proud member of the Dramatist Guild. An accomplished poet and essayist, his book These Are The Breaks was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He’s performed on HBO, Discovery Channel, and Sesame Street. Goodwin teaches performance writing and hip hop aesthetics at Colorado College.

Idris will be in-studio with me on Thursday at 1pm reading poems and chatting about his work here in Louisville.  You can stream live from anywhere at artxfm.com 

Also this week, Friday, August 22nd, another reading series/open mic under the radar: 

The Rising Art, Music & Spoken Word Show is an open-mic and arts exhibition series held monthly throughout the summer at The Nature Center at Blackacre Nature Preserve & Historic Homestead in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. Our mission is to give local emerging performing artists, writers, and fine artists a platform to share art, music, and words. No experience is necessary. Come one, come all — share your voice, your art, your music with the world — so let’s start a Rising! FREE and

Open to the Public. Open-mic signups begin at 6:30 pm.

Event Page HERE

Starting in September, The Axton Reading Series, Imaginarium, and much more. Stay tuned and

write on,

Rachel short  

Four events this Friday. FOUR. How will you choose? Also this week: Subterranean Phrases and Cynthia Arrieu-King on the radio hour [8.14.14]

You read it correctly, that’s right, there are four readings in this city on Friday August 15th, FOUR.  How will you choose?  By venue?  Proximity to home? Best chance to get some time on the mic? Potential after party? You could choose by the scheduled feature reading or the host.  Coffee shop or bar?  Tacos?  Money?

Overwhelmed yet?  Let me help you break it down.


The new guyNight of the Chupacabra hosted by John Beechem, KeepLouLit former co-host and editor of AmericanFantastic.com 

Venue: Taco Punk [736 e market]  –that’s right, ‘Tacos?’ was not just an attention grabbing ploy, this is actually happening.

Featured sets: Words-John Beechem, Music-Maplex Monk with Dr. Rockwell & DJ Mythos of artxFM.com

Open Mic: Yes

After Party: Yes

Bonus Features: art for sale to benefit American Fantastic (and the artists, of course)

Friday August 15, 6-9 pm –EVENT PAGE nightofthechupacabra

The Cash $$ giveaway: Homegrown Music, Art, and Spoken Word, hosted by Bobbi Buchanan, editor of the New Sou:herner, and Austin Whitely

Venue: Cedar Grove Coffee House, 142 Buffalo Run Road, Shepardsville, KY

Featured sets: Words- Lance Newman & Music- David A. Patrick

Open Mic: Yes, get there early bc this place is always packed.

After Party: No

Bonus Featuressign up for the open mic, stay within the time, and you’re eligible to win Cash $25

Friday, August 15, 6-8pm–EVENT PAGE

Welcome Back: Speak Social hosted by John James, Assistant Poetry Editor at Phantom Limb Press and Adjunct Professor at Bellarmine University, & Sarah Maddix 

Venue: Seidenfaden’s 1134 e Breckenridge Ln 

(Formerly this event was at Java on Bardstown Rd)

Featured Sets Cynthia Arrieu-King, all the way from Philadelphia; Eric Scott Sutherland, from Lexington; and Louisville’s own Marie Coma-Thompson 

Open Mic: no

After Party: In the past, John and Sarah have hosted an after party. They’re parents now, so to my knowledge, no. However, This event takes place at a bar, so party on, Garth, party on.

Bonus Features: I’ll be chatting with CYNTHIA ARRIEU-KING on the radio hour Thursday on artFM, 1pm. Cindy teaches at Stockton College in New Jersey and is a former Kundiman fellow. Her books are People are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus Books 2010) and Manifest (Switchback Books 2013). She is a community and educational advocate for poetry through the Dodge Foundation teacher meetings. Her interviews with contemporary poets can be heard on The Conversant, part of The Volta on-line Magazine. Her poems will appear this year in Fence, The Kenyon Review, and Sink Review. She feels like a citizen of the planet and enjoys the connections between major religions and all that unless you ask where she’s from and she’ll say Louisville, Kentucky and from then on, will never let you forget that it is the best place on earth.

Friday, August 15, 7:30–EVENT PAGE 

Under the radar: Charles Dodd White, who’s judging New Southerner’s fiction contest this year, will be in Kentucky this weekend reading from his new novel. You can catch him in Louisville at Carmichael’s this Friday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. or in Lexington at the Morris Bookshop on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m.

I haven’t seen an event page for this and wouldn’t have known of it’s existence had the New Southerner not made a post.  I’m assuming you need to go to the Carmichael’s on Frankfort ave for this one.


I know Friday night is a great night to go out and maybe that’s why all of these hosts have chosen the same day of the month, but there is NO way you can attend all of these event’s, you’ll have to choose, unfortunately.  To ease the pain, you can attend Subterranean Phrases on Wednesday to double down on readings this week.

Hump Day: Subterranean Phrases hosted by Rachel Short 

Venue: Decca cellar lounge. 812 e. Market st. 

Featured Set: Tony Brewer and his performance troop from Bloomington presenting a radio adaptation of William S. Burroughs, A Junky’s Christmas.  Opening- Leesa Cross-Smith, reading from ‘Every Kiss A War’

Open Mic: Yes 

After Party: not planned 

Bonus Features: Shakespeares Monkey, performance troop from Evansville

Wednesday, August 13, 8p (doors) –EVENT PAGE


 thanks for tuning in and 

write on,









This week [7.31.14] on the radio hour: Jason Sizemore, editor of Apex Magazine and Apex Publications owner operator.

Thursday, 1pm, on artxfm.com , I will be chatting with Jason Sizemore, a writer and editor who lives in Lexington, KY. He owns Apex Publications, a SF, fantasy, and horror small press, and has been nominated three times for the Hugo Award for his editing work on Apex Magazine.

Apex Magazine is an online prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. Works full of marrow and passion, stories that are twisted, strange, and beautiful. Creations where secret places and dreams are put on display.
Each month we bring you a mix of originals and reprints, interspersed with interviews and nonfiction. We have published many of the top short form writers working today: Mary Robinette Kowal, Saladin Ahmed, Genevieve Valentine, Amal El-Mohtar, Forrest Aguirre, Nick Matamas, Theodora Goss, Nalo Hopkinson, Eugie Foster, Cat Rambo, Jeff VanderMeer, Seanan McGuire, and Jennifer Pelland. And we’ve also presented the first professional work of amazing new writers such as Indrapramit Das, T.J. Weyler, Kathryn Weaver, Kelly Barnhill, Douglas F. Warrick, and Jeremy R. Butler.
Apex Magazine received a Best Semiprozine Hugo nomination in 2012 and 2013. We placed two stories in the 2010 Nebula Award category of Best Short Story and another in 2013. Nearly a dozen stories have been selected for the annual Year’s Best anthologies over the past three years..
A new issue is posted and placed on sale the first Tuesday of every month. Content can be read for free via the website. 

Tune in as we discuss the Strange.Beautiful.Shocking. Surreal 

Jack Ramey on Keep Louisville Literary Thursday, July 24th Speaks About His Poetry, Upcoming Novel, and Time’s Cosmic Expanse

Jack Ramey is a poet performer, and professor of writing at University of Indiana Southeast.  He has published two volumes of poetry, The Future Past and Death Sings in the Choir of Light.  Tune into our archive on Mixcloud to hear him read from these and other works on our most recent broadcast of ARTxFM‘s Keep Louisville Literary.

Host John Beechem speaks to Jack about the Angel of Time, Impossible Robotic Perfection, the legacy of the past, the specter of the future, and Jack even reads from his upcoming novel Turtle Island:  A Dream of Peace.  Turtle Island is the name some North American Indian tribes gave to the continent of North America, and this novel is about the formation of the five nations, a collection of tribes brought together with the help of a powerful peacemaker.

This is John’s last show with Keep Louisville Literary for the forseeable future, but he invites you to check out his website, American Fantastic which you can also like on Facebook.  You might also be able to see him at the open mic at Decca on the second Wednesday of every month for Subterranean Phrases hosted by Rachel Short.  John would also like to thank Brandon Stettenbenz and Rachel Short for giving him the opportunity to co-host the show, and especially Rachel for being such a good mentor and inviting him onto the show first place.  He’ll stop writing in the third person, but please keep listening to Keep Louisville Literary and ARTxFM!

Sheri Wright on Keep Louisville Literary Today, Thursday July 10th to Speak About her Documentary Tracking Fire

Sheri Wright, poet, editor, photographer and film-maker, will be on Keep Louisville Literary today on ARTxFM at 1:00 P.M. to speak about her upcoming documentary Tracking Fire.  The subject of Tracking Fire is the UpStairs Lounge arson attack that took place on June 24th, 1973 at a gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, marking one of the most important and horrific dates in LGBTQ history.  

Sheri will speak about what inspired her to make the film, and what she plans to do with it.  She’ll also read us some of her poetry.  Sheri is the author of the poetry book Nuns Shooting Guns along with four chapbooks, including her most recent The Slow Talk of Stones.

Tune in to hear more about how the worlds of writing and film-making have come together for this talented and impressive woman!