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Post Writer’s Block meets Jesse James

If you’re like me, and took in as much Writer’s Block goodness as you had time for, you may still be drunk on language Or enjoying a slight verbiage hangover. This is a good thing.  A feeling that you packed so many words into your day from other writer’s ideas that your dreams may be different, dimensionally, from your usual REM stomping grounds.  You may also have jotted several inspirations on your writer’s block handbill that are barely legible because you were listening. Because having ideas and listening is like trying to drink and breathe at the same time.  So, if you’re like me, you might still be drunk on Writer’s block or slightly in a haze of egregious swirling inspiration.

Writer’s Block is not for the faint of heart. It takes a serious literati to commit to all events encompassing the day.  I had to take a lunch and dinner break. And still my thoughts were pre-occupied to what possible nuggets of truth were falling on the ears of others that I was not available to hear as well.

However, if you did miss the annual InKY extension, the 2014 Writer’s Block, I will be playing excerpts from what I was able to attend on the radio hour- artxfm.com- on Thursday, November 20, at 1pm EST.  Including: Ben Tanzer, Isiah Fish, Tasha Cotter, Sean Patrick Hill, Matt Hart, Chris Mattingly, and Joy Priest.

A full day of readings, panels, workshops, walking, and 40 degree weather might not be your style.  Maybe you prefer your experiences with writers to be more bite size.  Louisville rarely fails to deliver. This week, it’s Jesse James.

McQuixote books and Coffee : We are excited to host Eric F. James, author of Jesse James Soul Liberty, an authorized historical biography of the family of Frank & Jesse James, drawn from primary family sources. Eric will lead a talk on the book and a signing afterwards. Join us for a coffee and a night with an engaging storyteller speaking on this notorious American icon and his family.

ERIC F. JAMES co-founded the James Preservation Trust with Judge James R. Ross, Jesse’s great grandson.
Eric also is the archivist of the Joan Beamis Research Archive that produced the first genealogy of the Jesse James family, Background of a Bandit, published by the Kentucky Historical Society.
Recently, Eric supervised the exhumation of Jesse’s twin children, Gould & Montgomery James, reuniting them with their parents per the wishes of their mother, Zee Mimms-James.
Since 1997, Eric writes & publishes the official web site for the Jesse James family, Stray Leaves and the family blog, Leaves of Gas.

Saturday November 22, 6pm

McQuixote Books & Coffee

1512 Portland Ave Suite #1, Louisville, Kentucky 40203

 

Or, if you’re in the Lexington area, the Holler Poets Series is still going strong.  One of the features is the LLA’s very own, Lynnell Edwards.

“Holler 78 features the return of the King of Pine Mountain, Jim Webb, author of Get In, Jesus and Lynnell Edwards, whose latest is Kings of the Rock n’ Roll Hot Shop (Or, What Breaks). Providing the music is Lexpatriate Sheri Streeter. Open mic begins and ends the show with signups beginning at 645pm. As usual, the Holler bucket will be available so you can support the artists. Support your local arts! See y’all there.”
While the Axton Reading Series has concluded for the year,  the LLA has InKY readings throughout the year at The Bardstown.
Other readings throughout the year include: Speak Social, hosted by Sarah Maddox and John James, and  Subterranean Phrases, hosted by Rachel Short @ Decca.
McQuixote Books and Coffee has also started booking several readings and has a scheduled open mic.
Stayed tuned to Keep Louisville Literary for continuing info regarding all things Literary Louisville.
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Writer’s Block this Weekend and Joy Priest on the radio hour [11.13.14]

It’s the weekend you’ve been anticipating here in the Literary Arts Community of Louisville, Ky. The weekend of the Writer’s Block curated by the Louisville Literary Arts  board and hosted in the NuLu area.  For one full day a full city block of Louisville is filled with readings, workshops, panel discussions, and a press fair.  Our artFM studio is located in this block of writing extravagancy so we’ll be hosting drop in interviews with some of the panelists throughout the day.

Festivities unofficially start on Wednesday, November 12, 730p, with Subterranean Phrases. A reading series, starting its third year, that combines writers with musicians to perform unrehearsed collaborations in the Cellar Lounge of Decca Restaurant.

November 12th will feature Erin Keane (Louisville) and Jay Sizemore (Nashville) with music by Cowboy Funeral.

” Erin Keane was born in New Jersey and raised in Kentucky and feels both states are misunderstood.

She is the author of three collections of poetry: Demolition of the Promised Land (Typecast Publishing, 2014), Death-Defying Acts (WordFarm, 2010), and The Gravity Soundtrack, (WordFarm, 2007).

Her articles, poems, plays, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals, magazines, newspapers and anthologies, including Salon, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Guardian, Barrelhouse, The Collagist, Redivider, PANK, The Lumberyard, Poems & Plays, and The Louisville Review.

Keane earned her MFA in creative writing at Spalding University, and she’s a proud graduate of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.She’s a recipient of the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and fellowships from the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. A former newspaper and public radio arts journalist, now she’s a staff writer for Salon, focusing on entertainment and culture.

Erin lives under the flight path and near a secret cemetery with her husband Drew, their cats Harold Bloom and Rex, and one small Boston terrier named Nora Charles.”
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Jay Sizemore flunked out of college and has since sold his soul to corporate America. He still sings in the shower. Sometimes, he writes things down. His work has appeared online and in print with magazines such as Prick of the Spindle, DASH, Menacing Hedge, and Still: The Journal. He’s never won any awards. Currently, he lives in Nashville, TN, home of the death of modern music. His chapbook Father Figures is currently available on Amazon. : http://jaysizemore.com/

Subterranean Phrases is hosted by Rachel Short and is not a part of the festivities of Writers Block. However, we hope you will join us.

Decca Restaurant will also host the official after party of the Block with Readings by Joy Priest, Matt Hart, and Christ Mattingly.

‘MATT HART is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (Typecast Publishing, 2012) and Debacle Debacle (H_NGM_N Books, 2013). A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band TRAVEL.

CHRIS MATTINGLY is the author of SCUFFLETOWN, a full-length collection from Typecast Publishing, and two chapbooks, AD HOC (2010) and A LIGHT FOR YOUR BEACON (2012), both from Q Avenue Press. His poems have recently appeared in River Styx; Lumberyard; Still; Louisville Review; Sawmill; and Forklift,OHIO. At Indiana University, Mattingly earned a BA in English and Folklore. He holds an MFA in Poetry from Spalding University and recently returned to Louisville from southeast Georgia, where he taught at East Georgia State College. Mattingly currently teaches at Bellarmine University.

JOY PRIEST is a poet, memoirist & screenwriter living in the In-Between, where she was born & raised. Her primary obsessions are history & psychological horror, & at 25, she is the newest & youngest member of the Affrilachian Poets. Joy is the recipient of a 2015 Kentucky Arts Council Emerging Artist Award, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference grant & was a finalist for the International Poetry Award from the Center for Women Writers at Salem College. Her work has been published or is upcoming in pluck! Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, Toe Good Poetry Journal, Solstice Lit Mag & Best New Poets 2014.

Hosted by Sarah Maddix, Rachel Short and John James.

This event is free and open to the public.”

Joy Priest will be appearing on the radio hour this Thursday [11.13.14] at 1pm on artxfm.com to read some preview excerpts and discuss her work  with Keep Louisville Literary host, Rachel Short 

The Official Kickoff for Writers Block is Friday, November 14th, with the longest running Louisville reading series, InKY. Hosted at the Bardstown. Featuring David Baker and Jacinda Townsend.

‘David Baker (Oberlin, OH) Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review and lives in Granville, Ohio. Among Baker’s eleven books are Never-Ending Birds (poems, 2009, W. W. Norton), Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry(essays, edited with Ann Townsend, 2007, Graywolf Press), Midwest Eclogue (poems, 2005, W. W. Norton), and Treatise on Touch: Selected Poems (2005, Arc Publications, UK). For his work, Baker has been awarded fellowships and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, Ohio Arts Council, Society of Midland Authors, and others. Baker currently holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, where he is Professor of English.

Jacinda Townsend (Bloomington, IN) is the author of the novel Saint Monkey (Norton, 2014), which follows the lives of two girls growing up in Eastern Kentucky’s Black community shortly after the Korean War. Chapters of the novel have been published in Mythium Journal, WomenArts Quarterly, and in the award-winning journal poemmemoirstory, and an excerpt from the novel earned Jacinda a 2008 Illinois Arts Council grant. Saint Monkey will be published in 2014 by W. W. Norton and Company.’

InKY schedule:

6:30 Open mic sign-ups

7:00 – 7:30PM Open mic readings (3 minutes each)
7:30 – 7:50 PM First featured reader
7:55 – 8:15 PM Second featured reader

8:15 – 8: 35 PM  Question & Answer Session

Writers Block then continues on Saturday, Nov. 15th with registration beginning at 9 am. For more information visit the LLA website HERE

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I’ll be chatting with panelist starting at 9am on the artxfm live streaming. There is a free mobile app you can download to listen in throughout the day. schedule:

9 am: Angela Jackson Brown
on “Inventing the Truth panel
11 am: Sarah Havens:
Participating on humor panel
more info here: barbelleblog.com
1 pm: Gaylord Brewer:
 participating on “A Writeable Feast” food writing panel; info here:
3 pm Matt Hart
on “Inventing the Truth Panel”
The Writer’s Block is free and open to the public besides a small fee and registration required to attend any workshops.  I hope you’ll make a day of attending this event and explore all of the wonderful Literary adventures this city has to offer.
write on,
Rachel Short
keeplouisvilleliterary@yahoo.com
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The William & Anne Axton Series with Heather A. Slomski

Heather A. Slomski is the author of The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons, winner of the 2014 Iowa Short Fiction Award and published by the University of Iowa Press. She received her M.F.A. from Western Michigan University and held the Axton Fellowship in Fiction at the University of Louisville. Her stories have appeared in TriQuarterly, American Letters & Commentary, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, The Normal School, and elsewhere. A recipient of a Minnesota State Artist Initiative Grant and a Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant, she currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and son and teaches writing at Concordia College.

Reading: Thursday, 10/30, 4:00PM, Bingham Poetry Room

Master Class: Friday, 10/31, 10AM-Noon, Humanities 300″

Both events are free and take place at the University of Louisville Campus. The Anne and William Axton Reading series, started in 1999 by former English Professor William Axton and his wife, has offered the Louisville Community many outstanding writers from across the country.

Previous seasons have included Terrance Hayes, Junot Diaz, Brian Teare, Robert Pinsky, Charles Wright, Nathaniel Mackey, Susan Minot, Mary Karr, Stephen Dobyns, Lynnell Edwards, Colson Whitehead, Robin Lippincott, Robert Hass, Silas House, Beverly Lowry, George Saunders, Louise Glück, Hannah Tinti, and Clare Vaye Watkins

Heather will be appearing on the Keep Louisville Literary radio hour at 1pm on Thursday to discuss her work and present reading excerpts. artxfm.com

notes about her short story collection, Lovers set down their spoons, from her website

In the fifteen stories that comprise this collection—some short as breaths, two of them novelettes—Slomski writes with a keen eye about relationships. About the desires that pull us together and the betrayals that push us apart. About jealousy, obsession, loneliness and regret—the byproducts of loving someone that keep us awake at night.

 

Other upcoming events:

Tonight in Lexington:

Tuesday, October 28th, 7pm, Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
251 W 2nd St, Lexington, Kentucky 40507,
The Louisville Review and The Carnegie Center present a reading in celebration of the 75th issue of The Louisville Review. The reading takes place 7:00-8:15 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, at the Carnegie Center in Lexington and features writers who work has appeared in The Louisville Review.

Featured writers include Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker, former Kentucky Poet Laureate Sena Jeter Naslund, Karen Mann, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Bill Goodman, and Susan Christerson Brown.

Thursday, October 30th, 4pm, Bingham Poetry Room– Heather Slomski is giving a reading and will appear on the radio hour at 1pm to chat about her work.

Wednesday, November 5th, 630pm, Hillbilly Tea, The Spalding BFA salon, hosted by Merle Bachman

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Wednesday, November 12, 730pm, Decca, Subterranean Phrases with Erin Keane and Jay Sizemore

Thursday, November 13th, 1pm, artxfm.com, The radio hour with Joy Priest.

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Several great events lead up to Writers Block, Louisville + the Radio hour with Adriena Dame

This week on the radio hour [Thursday, October 23] artxfm.com, I’ll be chatting with the multifaceted, Adriena Dame, editor for the journal ‘94 creations‘. The 94 creations team will be celebrating their release party for the 6th issue on October 25th. Tune in Thursday to hear a sneak peak and some behind the scenes discussion to what went into putting this issue together.
94 creations is not Adriena’s only passion. She also serves on the Louisville Literary Arts board, has her own sock company, makes jewelry, writes, teaches, and works with at risk youth.
We’ll also be chatting about the makings of the Writers Block coming up on Nov. 15th

Adriena Dame, author of The Moo: Stories and a Novella, is a military brat, adventurer, mixed-media jewelry artist, and creative writing professor at Spalding University. She also leads writing workshops; teaches fiction, creative nonfiction, and wearable art classes; and offers homeschool English courses at 94 Creations Studios, located at Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to publishing 94 Creations literary journal, she contributes to the editorial efforts of Tidal Basin Review, is a poetry coach for Generation iSpeak, and serves as a board member for the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She is a graduate of Spalding’s brief-residency MFA in Writing Program.

You can attend the release party of 94 creations this Saturday at Vault 1301- Readers include Sheri L. Wright, Nathan Gower and Karen George.
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Other events leading up to Writers Block:
Saturday, October 25th, 7pm, Carmichaels, Poets Eric Scott Sutherland, Tom C. Hunley, and Lynnell Edwards will be signing and reading from their new collections.

Tuesday, October 28th, 7pm, Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
251 W 2nd St, Lexington, Kentucky 40507,
The Louisville Review and The Carnegie Center present a reading in celebration of the 75th issue of The Louisville Review. The reading takes place 7:00-8:15 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, at the Carnegie Center in Lexington and features writers who work has appeared in The Louisville Review.

Featured writers include Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker, former Kentucky Poet Laureate Sena Jeter Naslund, Karen Mann, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Bill Goodman, and Susan Christerson Brown.

Thursday, October 30th, 4pm, Bingham Poetry Room– Heather Slomski is giving a reading and will appear on the radio hour at 1pm to chat about her work.

Wednesday, November 5th, 630pm, Hillbilly Tea, The Spalding BFA salon, hosted by Merle Bachman

Wednesday, November 12, 730pm, Decca, Subterranean Phrases with Erin Keane and Jay Sizemore

Thursday, November 13th, 1pm, artxfm.com, The radio hour with Joy Priest.

Friday, November 14th, 7pm, The Bardstown, InKY/ writers block kickoff

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FM Dial Granted ! More Kentuckiana Authors on this weeks radio hour.

The Jeffersonville Steamboat days are this weekend, October 17-19, and amongst the Festivities, the Kentuckiana Authors will have a writers block with booths and readings.

I’ll be chatting with 3 more members of this promotional collective this Thursday on the radio hour.

We are still live streaming on artxfm.com, however the FCC has granted us the FM dial 97.1 in the Louisville, KY region.   This is a very exciting step for ArtFM, Keep Louisville Literary, and all of the other great programming the station provides.

If you missed last weeks show with Kenutckiana Authors, Atty Eve and Wilhelmina Stone, you can find it HERE along with many other archives of great readings and show.

Here are the bios for the writers I’ll be chatting with Thursday at 1pm

Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger’s Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya’s Song, was published in April 2012. The highly anticipated third book, Hearts in Exile, came out in June 2013. The Tallenmere series has been likened to Terry Goodkind’s ‘Sword of Truth’ series, but is probably closer to a spicy cross between Tolkien and Mercedes Lackey.

Mysti’s other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, and Christmas Lites II. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online magazine EveryDayFiction. She serves as a class mentor in Writers Village University’s seven week online course, F2K. Currently, she’s working on her first historical romance and has two children’s books in the hands of a hard-working agent.

When she’s not writing, Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog

Yolantha Harrison-Pace was born in Tacoma, Washington, but lived her early childhood in Amarillo, Texas during segregation until her family moved to Champaign, Illinois in 1966.  There integration became a part of her everyday life, often just because her family of 7 attended an event or she and one of her 4 brothers were the only African American student in the classroom. This unique legacy of having lived on both sides of the track, segregation and integration, has been influential in her love for  and artistic portrayals of her precious home, America.  Pace uses her art forms as tools and strategies for supporting her platform of unity through the pursuit of cultural excellence.  Her focus group emphasis is under served populations in America and beyond.  Yolantha is an advocate for abused family members and advocates especially concerning hate crimes against women and children.  She has been a Children’s Ambassador for Haiti since the year 2000.  She is a teaching artist, playwright, poet and author and has had her play THE WHOLE SKY premier at Berea College.  Her multitude of writings have gleaned her such honors as Poet of the Year, Book of Poetry of the Year, and won her the personal accolade of Humanitarian Author of the year.  Her works have gone international through her postings as  an adjunct writer for University of Southern California’s Art Institute for Genetic Medicine.  In addition, as an Urban Folk Artist, Pace’s primitive Angel dolls are owned by collectors around the world. HER NEWEST RELEASE: UNCLE THAXTER.  A children’s book celebrating friends and family of wounded warriors.

Pace has her AA degree from Columbia College, her BFA from University of  Texas, Austin and did her Masters work at Penn State University.  Her area of study was Theater and the Performing Arts.

Also this week: The Homegrown Art, Music and Spoken Word, hosted by Bobbi Buchanan and Austin Whitely 

Ceder Grove Coffee House

Fall is upon us. It’s time to get creepy. It’s time to get scary. The thing that shivers us to our bones the most, however, is lack of creativity. So, let’s put some in the air. Share your love, spread your art, and sip on some mojotastic beverages.

ALL ORIGINAL. NO COVER FEE. $25 Cash Giveaway

DOUBLE FEATURE!
**Art by TooLaree**
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**Music by XX4II**
https://www.facebook.com/XX4II?fref=ts

Music – Stories – Poems
Bring yours and get in on the act for a chance to win $25 cash!
Open Mic Signups: 6 p.m.

*Due to language and mature themes, the show is recommended for ages 16 and up.

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Steamboat Days are on the horizon. Meet the Kentuckiana Authors

The next two weeks I will be chatting with members of Kentuckiana Authors, an authors community for promotion and collaboration, organized by Atty Eve, on the radio hour.

Atty Eve was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Her family life was rough, with a religious mother and a short-tempered, alcoholic father. Her escape was reading,g writing, and music.  She received her first literary award in the fourth grade and her debut novel, My Beautiful Suicide, has been going strong.

She heads up Kentuckiana Authors which promotes authors and their work.  A busy task, with over 350 members.  Her next author promotion is the Writers Block in Jeffersonville’s Steamboat Days Festival.

STEAMBOAT DAYS  Oct. 17th – 19th

The Belle of Louisville, the oldest operating steamboat in the United States, will be celebrating a century of service in October, 2014. To celebrate this milestone, the Centennial Festival of Riverboats will take place from October 14-19, 2014 at Louisville’s Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville, attracting an estimated 300,000 visitors from around the world.  Numerous steamboats from around the country will be converging on the Ohio River for this celebration.  

The City of Jeffersonville is proud to be hosting Steamboat Days during Louisville’s Centennial Festival of Riverboats. The Big Four pedestian bridge will link both festivals together for a weekend full of activities.  In addition to Jeffersonville’s many shops and dining opportunities, Steamboat Days will feature a juried art village, live art demonstrations, live music on the Riverstage, a parade, and a kids fun zone.   

Wilhelmina Stolen is the pseudonym for romance writer, Shannon Hayes. Shannon is a native of Kentucky and makes her home in a small southern town close to the Tennessee line.
During her adolescence, her mother’s free spirited nature became restless causing the family to embark on a slew of adventurous moves across the country. The moves provoked a hunger for adventure and romance and introduced her to a wonderful world of history and beauty.
As with most writers, her stories began at an early age with long sessions of seclusion and secrecy. While her classmates and friends were outside playing, Shannon was locked away in her room hammering out ideas on an old 1940’s Royal typewriter.
After finding Mr. Right, Shannon found herself wanting the comfort and security of the small Kentucky town she longed to escape as a child. Fortune smiled upon her and she became the family historian; gathering pictures, wills, marriage certificates and everything else that somehow managed to fall into her lap. Stories flooded her mind and writing quickly became an obsession that turned into the Way of Hearts Saga.
The saga spans six generations and three families.

Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger’s Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya’s Song, was published in April 2012. The highly anticipated third book, Hearts in Exile, came out in June 2013. The Tallenmere series has been likened to Terry Goodkind’s ‘Sword of Truth’ series, but is probably closer to a spicy cross between Tolkien and Mercedes Lackey.

Mysti’s other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, and Christmas Lites II. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online magazine EveryDayFiction. She serves as a class mentor in Writers Village University’s seven week online course, F2K. Currently, she’s working on her first historical romance and has two children’s books in the hands of a hard-working agent.

When she’s not writing, Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for

Tune in October 9 and 16 to hear live readings and Q&A with these authors and more on artxfm.com at 1pm;

Check out the Steamboat Days in Jeffersonville, October 17-19

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Also THIS Friday: InKY

On Friday, October 10th join Louisville Literary Arts for InKY at the Bard’s Town, at 1801 Bardstown Road, for an evening of literary entertainment, including:
– OPEN MIC, SPECIAL GUEST, poet, Drew Pomeroy, and, FEATURED InKY readers, novelist, Allison Lynn and poet, Liegh Anne Hornfeldt.

Open Mic sign-ups begin at 6:45, and the Open Mic reading will begin at exactly 7 PM.

Allison Lynn is the author of the novels The Exiles (New Harvest/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013) and Now You See It (Simon & Schuster, 2004), which won the William Faulkner Medal from the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and the Chapter One Award from the Bronx Center for the Arts. Novelist Darin Strauss says The Exiles is “better about current-day New York — and the promise of the American world outside New York — than just about anything I can remember. If books teach you how to live, read The Exiles to learn how to be a new parent, a spouse, a human being. Just read it.”
In addition to her novels, Lynn has written articles, reviews, and essays for The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Sun-Times, People, and elsewhere. She teaches in the Creative Writing program at Butler University in Indianapolis, where she lives with her husband, the writer Michael Dahlie, and their son, Evan.

Leigh Anne Hornfeldt, a Kentucky native, is the author of East Main Aviary (Flutter Press, 2012), The Intimacy Archive (ELJ Publications, 2013) and the editor at Two of Cups Press. She is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, as well as the recipient of a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. In 2013 her poem “Laika” placed 2nd in the Argos Prize competition., and in 2012 she received the Kudzu Prize in Poetry. Her work has appeared in journals such as Spry, Lunch Ticket, Foundling Review, and The Journal of Kentucky Studies.

Drew Pomeroy was born and raised in Southwest Alabama and he can fake a variety of Southern accents at the drop of a hat. He now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, a different kind of South with really fancy horses and bourbon instead of pigs and cheap beer. He’s a dog lover, a poet, a boxer, and he thinks James Wright should be required reading for anyone hoping to write poetry. Drew holds a BA in History from Samford University and is a recent graduate of Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing program.

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This week: Sarah McCartt-Jackson on the radio hour. Spalding at the Speed. Imaginarium

This Thursday [9.18.14] on the radio hour on artxfm.com, I’ll be chatting with Sarah McCartt-Jackson.

“Kentucky poet, naturalist, and folklorist Sarah McCartt-Jackson has spent decades developing her craft, dedicating her art to exploring the natural and cultural world that encompasses all who share in planet life. Her poetry inspires others to connect, reflect, meditate, and act for the future of our ecosystems of all sizes: valley, prairie, forest, fern. Her poetry interprets scapes (landscape, homescape, culturescape) in both traditional and contemporary ways, exploring biological and cultural diversity, cultural history as embodied in tangible and intangible resources, and profound experience rooted in pleasure, sanctuary, and wilderness.

She was selected to serve as an artist-in-residence for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for its 2014-2015 season. Her poetry collections Children Born on the Wrong Side of the River (Finishing Line Press) and Vein of Stone (Porkbelly Press) are forthcoming (2014). She is owner and founder of Stonelight Studio, home of Apple Cider Vinegar Press.”

Featured Image from Sarah’s web-page

credit:

-Lauren Hunter-Smith- & -Sarah McCartt-Jackson-
“Self Portrait at Mammoth Cave.” SQecial Media Picture Poem Contest, First Prize. April (2014).
Exhibited at sQecial Media, Lexington, KY.

EVENTS 

The Spalding at the Speed reading series’ first season concludes this Friday.

Local Speed 6p-7:15

“Join Spalding’s MFA in Writing program as we conclude the inaugural season of Spalding at the Speed: A Gathering of MFA and Community Writers in true gala style. MFA alum Michael Jackman showcases his musical talent to kick off the evening. In celebration of the season’s success, previously featured writers read favorite short excerpts from their readings. Featured September readers are poets Rae Cobbs, Karen George, and SueFeatured September readers are poets Rae Cobbs, Karen George, and Sue Driskell; novelist and nonfiction author David Dominé; and novelists Angela Jackson-Brown, K. Shaver, and Sena Jeter Naslund. The evening includes “Jump Start,” an open-mic session for 1- to 2-minute readings of works in progress. Attendees are invited to bring unfinished works to read.”

Also this weekend is the Imaginarium Conference 19-21st

Crowne Plaza Louisville

830 Phillips Ln, Louisville, Kentucky 40209