New Fiction by Ed Hamilton @ Carmichael’s + INKY + Writer’s BLock = consider your week booked

“In seven stories and a novella, Ed Hamilton takes on this clash of cultures between the old and the new, as his characters are forced to confront their own obsolescence in the face of a rapidly surging capitalist juggernaut. Ranging over the whole panorama of New York neighborhoods—from the East Village to Hell’s Kitchen, and from the Bowery to Washington Heights—Hamilton weaves a spellbinding web of urban mythology. Punks, hippies, beatniks, squatters, junkies, derelicts, and anarchists—the entire pantheon of urban demigods— gambol through a grungy subterranean Elysium of dive bars, cheap diners, flophouses, and shooting galleries, searching for meaning and a place to make their stand.”

“Greg had started his shop, the aptly named Fat Hippie Books, in the mid-eighties on a burned-out block of New York’s East Village. The shop was around the corner from the famous punk venue CBGB and the former office of the Yipster Times. When he moved in, the store was right across the street from a rubble-strewn lot where junkies shot up. Now, in 2004, there was a brand new condo building there. The neighborhood had gentrified, but the bookstore remained the same: aged tomes spilling off the sagging wooden shelves onto unstable piles rising up from the creaking floor. And when the door popped open with a clatter of bells, plate glass, old boards and rusty hinges, a gust of wind might set the dust to swirling, some of the same dust maybe as back in the eighties, and patrons would catch a whiff of that unmistakable used bookstore smell. And these patrons, each of that furtive, clandestine race who frequent such places, would feel that familiar tingle of recognition deep in their brain stems that told them instinctively what this place was about: the preservation of knowledge, the suspension of time.” — From The Chintz Age

unnamed2     Ed Hamilton will discuss his writhing on the radio hour on Artxfm.com at 1pm Thursday, November, 12  You can hear him read live in person later the same evening at Carmichael’s Books on Frankfort Ave, 7pm

Event date:
Thursday, November 12, 2015 – 7:00pm
Event address:
2720 Frankfort Ave
LouisvilleKY 40206

Born in Atlanta, GA, writer, journalist and blogger Ed Hamilton grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. He has a master’s degree in philosophy and a bachelor’s in psychology. The author of Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with the Artists and Outlaws of New York’s Rebel Mecca (Da Capo, 2007), Hamilton’s fiction and non-fiction have also appeared in dozens of small journals, magazines, and newspapers, both on-line and off. In 2005, together with his wife, Debbie Martin, Hamilton founded “Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea” Blog, the world’s first hotel blog. In 2007, developers took over Hamilton’s beloved Chelsea Hotel, intent on gutting the iconic building and evicting its artistic residents. Hamilton, together with a small group of other tenants who became his friends, devoted the next few years of his life to fighting for the continued existence of one of the last outposts of bohemia in Manhattan. As of this writing, Hamilton is still living at the Chelsea Hotel. Please join us for a reading and book signing of his newest work, The Chintz Age: Tales of Love and Loss for a New New York.

Also this week:  InKy kicks off the 5th Annual Writers Block, curated by the Louisville Literary Arts 
If you have yet to register for a workshop there are a few spots left !
F R I D A Y ———– I N K Y 
Friday, October 13 , 2015
7 p.m. at the The Bard’s Town
Free and Open to the Public
Open-mic sign-ups will begin at 6:45

Lee Martin  is the author of the novels The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; River of Heaven; Quakertown; and Break the Skin. He has also published three memoirs, From Our House, Turning Bones, and Such a Life. His first book was the short story collection, The Least You Need To Know. He is the co-editor of Passing the Word: Writers on Their Mentors. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such places as Harper’s, Ms., Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and Glimmer Train. He is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He was the winner of the 2006 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from Ohio State.

Danielle Dutton’s  fiction has appeared in magazines such as Harper’s, BOMB, Fence, and Noon. She is the author of a collection of prose pieces, Attempts at a Life, and a novel, SPRAW L, which was a finalist for the Believer Book Award. In 2015, Siglio Press released Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera, an artist’s book with texts by Dutton and images by Richard Kraft. In 2016, Catapult will publish her novel Margaret the First, about the life of the seventeenth-century writer Margaret Cavendish. She teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Washington University, and in 2010, Dutton founded the small press Dorothy, a publishing project.

Bobbi Buchanan  is founding editor of New Southerner Magazine, an online journal focusing on self-sufficiency, environmental stewardship and local economies. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Louisville Review, GreenPrints, New Madrid and other publications. She received the 2007 Emerging Writers Award in Nonfiction from the Southern Women Writers Conference at Berry College.

The Keynote Reader is Pulitzer Prize winner, Adam Johnson

We are pleased to announce our festival keynote reader, presented by the University of Louisville’s Anne and William Axton Reading Series.  Adam Johnson has received many awards for his novels and short stories.  He is a professor of English at Stanford University and a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, Playboy, GQ, Paris Review, Granta, Tin House and Best American Short Stories. He is the author of Emporium, a short-story collection, as well as the novels Parasites Like Us and The Orphan Master’s Son, for which he won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Johnson’s latest story collection is Interesting Facts, published by Random House.  Mr. Johnson has recently been named a finalist for the NationalBook Award for his most recent book, Fortune Smiles, 
The reading, Q & A and book signings are from 5 to 7 PM. 
This event is open to the public at no cost. First come, first seated!
Read a brief review of Orphan Master’s Son by one of LLA’s board members

Announcing a WB Festival Afterparty

featuring the Literary Death Match!

After a day of  conversation, inspiration education and enlightenment, there will be a raucous afterparty—a spirited literary competition. Celebrity writers will “compete” in this  ticketed emceed performance at The Haymarket Whiskey Bar

Literary Death Match has been performed  in 57 cities worldwide.  The LA Times has called it “the most entertaining reading series ever.”

This Literary Death Match Louisville debut features emcee Adrian Todd Zuniga, who will lead this performance, which brings four authors together to read their most electric writing for seven minutes before a panel of three local celebrity judges. After each pair of readers, the judges in three categories—literary merit, performance and intangibles—take turns sharing astute, often hilarious off-the-wall commentary. The judges confer and select their two favorites to advance to the finals. The two finalists then compete in avaguely literary competition to determine who takes home the Literary Death Match crown.  

The Judges!

  • Erin Keane, poet, critic, journalist and author of Demolition of the Promised Land

  • Gill Holland, film producer, Green Builidng & Nulu developer, and Louisville Magazine’s 2009 Person of the Year.

  • Crystal Wilkinson, author of Blackberries, Blackberries and founder of Affrilachian Poets 

The Writers!

  • Hannah Pittard, award-winning author of Reunion and The Fates Will Find Their Way

  • Gabe Tomlin, Generation iSpeak featured poet

  • Ryan Ridge, author of American Homes, Hunters & Gamblers, and Ox 

  • Will Lavender, author of Obedience, a New York Times and international bestseller, and Dominance

Time:  7:30 to 10 PM

Place:  The Haymarket Whiskey Bar in downtown Louisville, KY

Cost:   $10 in advance and $12 at the door  

Purchase your tickets now!


Dark Thrillers by Aray S. Brown and Workshops at Writer’s Block to help you work on your own stories.

Thursday On the radio hour on artxfm.com, I’ll be chatting with Aray S. Brown about her Thriller “Blood is Thicker than Water”  Tune in at 1pm on the website or download the app on your smart phone.

I’ll also be playing some recorded readings about domestic violence by Titianna WellsSmith, Kimberly Crumb, Sheri Wright, and Robin G. Poetry from the “LIFE WAS Beautiful” Show poems based on the art by the late Betty Dore.

Aray Brown is an  indie author/ writer born and raised in Louisvile, Kentucky.

Ever since she was little she always explored her creative side. She began writing journey at an early age.  Her role models were She-Ra and He-Man back then so you can imagine the stories she would come up with.

Later on she decided to delve into something more real and personal. Despite the trials and tribulations she endured in her life, she wrote her first novel “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”, a tell all booklet centered around the life and times she spent with her grandmother while her mother was in prison. It was never published or finished. She then went on writing more unpublished novels, honing her craft so to speak. Finally finding her niche’ and braving the big bad writing world, she reinvents herself as a writer and doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. She’s currently wriiting the script for Blood Is Thicker Than Water

Everyone Has a Story to Tell: Crafting Narratives

Lee Martin is the author of the novels The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; River of Heaven;Quakertown; and Break the Skin. He has also published three memoirs: From Our House; Turning Bones; and Such a Life. His first book was the short story collection, The Least You Need To Know. He is the co-editor of Passing the Word: Writers on Their Mentors. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such places as Harper’s, Ms., Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and Glimmer Train. He is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He was the winner of the 2006 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from Ohio State.

Mr. Martin will also be one of our featured readers at the InKY reading, Friday, November 13, at the Bard’s Town theater and tavern.

How do you open a story, how do you end it, and what decisions need to be made between those two points? In this workshop, we will address matters that are relevant to how we give shape to experience stories. If you’re a fiction writer, or a writer of personal narratives, this workshop will allow you to practice techniques that will be important to the stories that you have to tell. Through the study of examples and a writing exercise, we will sharpen our skills with dialogue, exposition, description, pacing, characterization, and narrative structure. No matter where you are in your development as a writer, this workshop will give you strategies for making your stories memorable.

Register for workshops here : http://www.louisvilleliteraryarts.org/


People, Place and Beings: The Spices of an Intriguing Read
Kelly Creagh is a 2008 graduate of Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. When not writing, haunting bookstore coffee shops, or obsessively studying Poe, Kelly’s passions include the ancient art of bellydance. She lives with her squirrely, attitude-infused dogs—Annabel, Jack, and Holly—in the heart of Old Louisville, Kentucky’s largest and spookiest Victorian neighborhood. Kelly is the author of the Nevermore trilogy.

Strong, believable characters are a must in all good fiction. Setting, too, is key. And when it comes to stirring in the unusual, the mysterious or the magical, sometimes just a dash won’t do. In this workshop, we will discuss how to mix and blend these elements to create the perfect concoction to mesmerize and enchant your readers, to lure and hopelessly entrench them in the world and story you’ve created, rendering them as anxious about the dwindling pages as they are for the impending climax and resolution.


The Lipstick Wars and the Slam Resurgence in Louisville

From Sweet Peaches and KMAC poetry Slams to Floetic Friday youth slam and the VerbalArt Affair, spoken word poetry is a experiencing a resurgence in the city of Louisville. Such a resurgence that the Southern Fried competition will grace our presence in 2016 from the hard work of Lance G. Newman.  There’s a handful of hosts and artists pushing spoken word/slam into each corner of the city: Robin G with the Verbal Art Affair, which was started by Madison West and James Lee, Sweet peaches and KMAC with Lance Newman and Maxwell Sounds plus  Rheonna Thorton most recently organized and all women’s  slam competition called the Lipstick Wars.

In coalition with Arts Outreach and various charitable donations for refreshments and door prizes, Rheonna asked around until she landed the Bomhard Theatre in the Kentucky Center for Performing Arts.  A deal in itself the 600+ theatre nearly filled for the free event. Twelve women poets battled with words through three rounds of poetry in front of five judges.  The judges didn’t take their position lightly.  Rheonna plans for this event to be bi-annual and eventually host workshops for girls to empower their voice. So the judges scored accordingly and took the slam seriously by listening for imagery and craft in the performances. Contestants lost points for reading their work or not including poetic elements. The judges were booed several times as Slam encourages response throughout performance and scoring. In the same vein, points were awarded for engaging the audience and dynamics.

The top three poets were Tessa Gartin, Jazzy J, and Mizz Quoted

Tune in Thursday to artxfm.com at 1pm to hear Tessa Gartin talk about the experience and share some of her pieces. plus recordings from the competition.

Slam often doesn’t get a nod from academia in the writing community because at times craft isn’t celebrated and the pieces can head into the direction of rants with end rhyme. However, it can be done well and is being done well by a handful of poets in this city.

Look for the lipstick wars to come back in the spring of 2016

The event was so popular Miss Rheonna might have to have a preliminary round.

This weekend:

Floetic Friday, youth poetry slam

  • at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • 822 E Market St, Louisville, Kentucky 40206
  • Young Poets of Louisville will be holding its first youth poetry slam of the year on October 16, 2015 at the Local Speed Museum. To perform you must be between the ages of 13-19. There will also be a young guest artist featured in a supportive and artistic environment. Admission is $5 at the door. Please come support the power of the youth voice in friendly compeition!

Homegrown Music Art and Spoken Word

If you want to live in the moment, come out to Cedar Grove Coffee House Oct. 16 and get yourself a Homegrown infusion. In celebration of Halloween, we’ll be having a scary good time singing, slamming, reading, and sharing our art. There’ll be drumming and strumming and humming and big noises and tiny sounds. Plus, brilliant poetry by Tom C. Hunley and stunning art by Jason Kelty.

See why people call us the best breakout venue for open-mic performers in the state, maybe in the whole country! Shake off your stage fright and come join us. Bring your original tunes. Tell us how your heart aches. Show us what 30 days in rehab looks like. Give us a glimpse of something beautiful. Give us laughter. Move us to tears. Make us feel and think and breathe and love again.


**Art by Jason Kelty**
**Spoken Word by Tom C. Hunley**

Music – Stories – Poems
Bring yours and get in on the act for a chance to win $25 cash!

Open Mic Signups: starting at 5:45 p.m.

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

American Fantastic presents The Cottonwood Curse and other spooky stories and poems

American Fantastic is hosting a night of stories both ghastly and ghoulish. Hear the tale of “The Cottonwood Curse”, a story of Victorian Old Louisville, and sins from the past that give the neighborhood its haunted legacy. Want to weave a tale of your own? We’ll have an open-mic for people who want to tell their own scary stories, poems and songs.

We’ll be hosting the event at the Sunergos at 306 W Woodlawn Ave in the Iroquois neighborhood of Louisville.


Local Writing Competition: $500 Prize

The 2015 Writer’s Block Festival  is now accepting submissions for its prose contest.

In collaboration with the Blue Mesa Review, the Writer’s Block Festival announces its 3rd annual writing competition. This year, we’re looking for prose—fiction or creative nonfiction. The winner will receive a $500 prize, publication in the Spring 2016 issue of Blue Mesa Review, and an invitation to read (or have work read) at the Writer’s Block Festival on November 14.

Final judges for this prize are Brenna Gomez, editor-in-chief of Blue Mesa Review, and Jason Thayer, fiction editor. Blue Mesa Review is a literary magazine published by the creative writing department at the University of New Mexico, committed to publishing high-quality literature from emerging and established writers whose work represents the diversity of the literary world and prompts conversation between readers and writers.”

Submission fee for each entry: $11 to Submittable, through the November 1, deadline.

Manuscripts are accepted via SUBMITTABLE through the November 1, 2015 deadline.

Guidelines: Send 5–20 pages of fiction or creative non-fiction (maximum of one short story/flash fiction/essay, or an excerpt from a longer work) in ONE WORD DOC.

Your name and contact info must NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript. Filling out Submittable’s “cover letter” field is unnecessary, but you may. Friends and family members of the judges, and students who have studied with the judges within the last five years, should not apply.

Co-authored works are acceptable. Submitting multiple batches is fine with entry and fee for each.

Submit your work here!

 Please E-mail the contest directors with with further questions.

Twitter: @BlueMesaReview https://twitter.com/bluemesareview

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blue.m.review

Instagram: https://instagram.com/bluemesareview/

*all info pulled from : http://www.louisvilleliteraryarts.org/#!prose-contest/cd4d

write on,

Rachel Short


Sandra Marchetti’s book tour swings by Louisville for a chat on our Radio hour [6.25.15]

Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence, a debut full-length collection of poetry from Sundress Publications, and a co-author of Heart Radicals, with Les Kay, Allie Marini, and Janeen Rastall. Eating Dog Press published an illustrated letterpress edition of her essays and poetry, A Detail in the Landscape, and her first volume, The Canopy, won Midwest Writing Center’s Mississippi Valley Chapbook Contest. Sandy won Second Prize in Prick of the Spindle’s 2014 Poetry Open and her work appears in The Hollins Critic, Sugar House Review, Ecotone, Green Mountains Review, Blackbird, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. She is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at Aurora University outside of her hometown of Chicago.

Tune into artxfm.com Thursday at 1pm EDT to hear poems from her book “Confluence” and conversation with host, Rachel Short. There’s a pretty rad review up on RUMPUS

and some introductory FAQ

Q: What was the inspiration for the book?

A: The influences for Confluence are named in the book, quite literally. If you read the epigraphs, notes, and the poems themselves, you’ll see names everywhere. An-
nie Dillard, Elizabeth Bishop, Apollinaire, Octavio Paz, Manet, Dutch painters, Hopkins, and even songwriters lend themselves to my poems. All authors have influences, and I wanted mine laid bare.

Q: Can you talk a bit about the book’s subject matter?

A: I wrote Confluence while living away from my home-

town for the first time. I was in my mid-twenties and didn’t realize how homesick I would become for the broad horizons of the Midwest and the long walks I took

along the DuPage River outside of Chicago. I also didn’t realize how isolated I would feel in Wash- ington, D.C. I wrote poems to remind myself of home, to remember that it existed. I wrote childhood memories of my first house, and roaming the parks I frequented in Illinois. I wrote about the winters, too. I also began dating my now husband long-distance while in D.C. Longing encapsulated that time period in my life, which is reflected in the work. Confluence is really about, not surprisingly, my reunion with the land and my fiancé when I moved back to Chicago.

Q: Who’s the audience you speak to in this book?

A: This book is for anyone who has a strong personal connection to a place where he or she lives or has lived. One poem reads, “Roam the ground where you are / mapped, flat and free, beneath / this sky, this new sea.” If you have lived in, or found the beauty in “flyover country,” you’ll enjoy the book. And of course love is always pretty juicy material for poems! Additionally, I use sound techniques in Conflu- ence that will appeal to those with a musical background.

Q: What sets Confluence apart from other collections of poetry on the shelf today?

A: Confluence definitely gestures toward poetry’s past—I read a lot of Dickinson, Whitman, Hopkins, and Emerson—and attempts to traverse some pretty traditional motifs: truth, beauty, symmetry, and love. However, the rhythms, akin to spoken word or even rap, explode Confluence out of the convention- al. My “universal” themes are examined in different lights, quite literally, and language. This is metrical poetry for the twenty-first century that addresses the panoramic ideas we most often want to read about.

 Here are other area events:

Wednesday at 8 pm, June 24th, I’ll read at Holler Poets Series in Lexington, KY:

Thursday at 1 pm, June 25th, I’ll be on Keep Louisville Literary in Louisville, KY. You can tune into the program here: http://www.artxfm.com/

Saturday at 1 pm, June 27th, I’ll be holding this fab workshop at Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms | Knoxville in TN in conjunction with my publisher, Sundress Publications. Please consider signing up:https://www.facebook.com/events/1424376254548595/

Sunday at 2 pm, June 28th, I’ll be signing books at The Morris Book Shop in Lexington, KY: http://www.morrisbookshop.com/welcome

Other events coming up : Dreamland will host Wasted Letters Press on July 15th with local favorite Anthony Trotter Junior and the dreamland improv chamber orchestra.

The end of July will feature student writers on the radio hour for our OUT OF SCHOOL specials

stay tuned for more details

write on,

Rachel Short



This week on the radio hour: William S. Tribell + Readings at InKY and McQuixote on Friday

“William S. Tribell is a Pushcart Prize nominee with a penchant for travel.  Born in Central Kentucky, He has lived all over the country and the world.  Returning to the States last year after five years in Eastern Europe, William now lives in the Cumberland Gap Tenn. He is a member of the Southern Collective Experience.  His work appears in journals and magazines around the world, including Mensa’s Calliope, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, and Cowboys & Indians magazine. Many of his poems recorded spoken word and with instrumentation by Radio Hall of Fame inductee Gary Burbank, actor John Blyth Barrymore, Red State Update’s Travis Harmon and many others can be found online. William currently works part time as a reporter for the Daily News in Middlesboro Ky, he is a member of the Tri-State Paranormal Investigators cast of the TV show “Paranormal Journeys” in Middlesboro on MCTV 22 and  hehosts a weekly radio show called Spectrum that airs every Wednesday at midnight est.  on Appalshop’s WMMT 88.7 FM in Whitesburg Ky.

Repressions is a collection of poems by authors William S. Tribell, Tina Twito and J L Carey Jr. Their Repressionist movement culminated during the economic downturn exploring social and economic repressions, as well as, repressed memories and emotions. Many of their poems seek to understand and bring these repressions to the surface, thus re-pressing them or bringing them to light once again. The collection also captures the spirit of what came to be known as the “lost generation”. To learn more about this book please visit Black Madonna Press at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BMPRepressions”

Tune in to Artxfm.com at 1pm EDT to hear excerpts from the book, Q&A and other meanderings of words.

Also this week: InKY

Friday, May 8 join Louisville Literary Arts for InKY @ Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Rd.

FEATURED: Fiction writer and essayist, Caitlin Horrocks and poet, Kent Shaw, with special guests, poet, Chris McCurry, essayist and poet, Miles Fuller. Open mic sign-ups begin at 6:45, and the event will begin at exactly 7 p.m.
The May 9 poetry class will continue as scheduled, though the poet has changed! Poet, Cynthia Arrieu-King will teach the morning after her May 8 InKY Reading. Cynthia comes to us from Stockton University, New Jersey, where she is an associate professor and former Kundiman fellow. Her books of poetry include People are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus 2010) and Manifest (Switchback Books 2013). Cynthia works with the Gerladine R. Dodge Poetry Foundation’s programs for students and teachers in New Jersey schools. She has performed at the Asian-American Writers’ Worskshop, and is part of the Asian-North American Poetry Collective. She is a proud native of Louisville.

Help welcome Cynthia to our literary city on Friday, May 8th at the The Bard’s Town
Pre-registration for the class PYRO Gallery is required. Go to our website for details.

Caitlin Horrocks is author of the story collection This Is Not Your City, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. She is currently a Bernheim Forest – Baltic Writing resident, and her stories appear in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Tin House, One Story, and many other journals and anthologies. Her awards include the Plimpton Prize and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the MacDowell Colony. She teaches at Grand Valley State University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She is the fiction editor of The Kenyon Review.

Kent Shaw, first book, Calenture, was published by University of Tampa Press. His poems have since appeared in The Believer, Ploughshares. Boston Review, American letters & Commentary, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at West Virginia State University. He is also poetry editor at Better Magazine.

Christopher McCurry teaches high school English, is a Junior Editor at Accents Publishing, and a Field Office Advocate for poets. His poems have appeared in Limestone, the Los Angeles Review and Rabbit Catastrophe, Rattle and others. He is a Kentucky Teacher Fellow at the Bread Loaf School of English and the author of Splayed.

Miles Fuller is a poet, essayist, and visual artist with an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. His work has received accolades through the Academy of American Poets, AWP, Pushcart, and Best American Essays. He is currently working on a book-length project about Mormons and mental illness.

InKY Readings fall on the second Friday of every month, September – May, at The Bard’s Town (1801 Bardstown Rd.) at 7 p.m.

A N D    in    PORTLAND


Join us for a book signing with David Joiner and his debut novel, Lotusland.

Nathan Monroe is a 28-year-old American living in Ho Chi Minh City who falls in love with a poor but talented Vietnamese painter. When he fails to protect their love from her desperate chase for a better life in America, his safety net appears in the form of Anthony, an old domineering friend in Hanoi who hires Nathan at his real estate firm. Only much later does Nathan discover that Anthony has intended all along for him to take over his job and family so that he, too, can escape and start his life over in America.

Lotusland dramatizes the power imbalances between Westerners living abroad and between Westerners and Vietnamese – in love and friendship, in the consequences of war, and in the pursuit of dreams.


David Joiner was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Earlham College and majored in Japanese Studies. During his junior year he made his first trip to Asia – a five-month study abroad program in Sapporo, Japan. Nine years and several trips to Asia later he earned his MFA from the University of Arizona where he studied fiction, nonfiction, and playwriting. He has been shuttling between the US, Vietnam, and Japan for all of his adult life.

David has lived and worked in Vietnam seven different times. His earliest experience in Vietnam was as a volunteer teacher in 1994 when he became the first American since the end of the Vietnam War to live and work in Dong Nai province. He has spent more than 10 of the last 20 years in Vietnam, making his home in such places as Saigon, Hanoi, Mui Ne, and Bien Hoa.

His debut novel Lotusland was published in March 2015 by Guernica Editions. He currently lives in Saigon where he is working on a second novel set on the Mekong

River in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Write on,

Rachel Short





TaniaJames on the radio hour [1pm] today, artxfm.com

Tania James was raised in Louisville, Kentucky and lives with her husband and son in Washington DC.

Her debut novel Atlas of Unknownswas published by Knopf in 2009, and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, an Indie Next Notable, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a Best Book of 2009 for The San Francisco Chronicle and NPR. Her story collectionAerogrammes, also published by Knopf, was a Best Book of 2012 for Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, andThe San Francisco Chronicle. Her stories have appeared in Boston Review, Granta, Kenyon Review, One Story, and A Public Space. Two stories from Aerogrammes were finalists for Best American Short Stories 2008 and 2013.

Tania is the recipient of fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. From 2011-2012, she was a Fulbright fellow to India living in New Delhi.Tania-James-1014-037-BW-1024x682

Tania will be in person at Carmichael’s Bookstore tonight [7pm] for a reading and book signing.

Check out her website HERE 


The Tusk That Did the Damage

A tour de force set in South India that plumbs the moral complexities of the ivory trade through the eyes of a poacher, a documentary filmmaker, and, in a feat of audacious imagination, an infamous elephant known as the Gravedigger.

Orphaned by poachers as a calf and sold into a life of labor and exhibition, the Gravedigger breaks free of his chains and begins terrorizing the countryside, earning his name from the humans he kills and then buries. Manu, the studious younger son of a rice farmer, loses his cousin to the Gravedigger’s violence and is drawn, with his wayward brother Jayan, into the sordid, alluring world of poaching. Emma is a young American working on a documentary with her college best friend, who witnesses the porous boundary between conservation and corruption and finds herself in her own moral gray area: a risky affair with the veterinarian who is the film’s subject. As the novel hurtles toward its tragic climax, these three storylines fuse into a wrenching meditation on love and betrayal, duty and loyalty, and the vexed relationship between man and nature.

With lyricism and suspense, Tania James animates the rural landscapes where Western idealism clashes with local reality; where a farmer’s livelihood can be destroyed by a rampaging elephant; where men are driven to poaching. In James’ arrestingly beautiful prose, The Tusk That Did the Damage blends the mythical and the political to tell a wholly original, utterly contemporary story about the majestic animal, both god and menace, that has mesmerized us for centuries.