Last Day of August

If you weren’t at Quills last night, you missed some potent verse! I think Typecast Publishing and/or Jen Woods may have some video floating around soon on Facebook. I would strongly recommend watching it.

Don’t forget, essayists reading at Carmichael’s Books on Frankfort Ave. at 7pm tonight in honor of labor day. Erin Keane, Bobbi Buchanan, and George Ella Lyon will read. Musical performance by Sue Massek.

Official FB event: Labor Essayists @ Carmichael’s

@typecastpub @revmak @eekshecried #Carmichael’s #labor day

Poets Bianca Spriggs, Jeriod Avant, and Makalani Bandele, Tomorrow Night!

From, some of the buzz surrounding her work:

“The overlooked, the forgotten and the familiar are all here, transformed in the crucible of Spriggs’ imagination.  The poems are carefully made, deeply felt. This is a book of gems, needing to be read.”
—David Cazden, Poetry Editor of Miller’s Pond magazine, author of Moving Picture

In her stunning debut Kaffir Lily, Bianca Spriggs shines an unflinching light on every surface of a woman flaunts and celebrates her nakedness beneath a fur’s caress, slurps butter from her lover’s fingers, unleashes her rollicking and murderous ‘fro to wreak terror on the unsuspecting citizenry of Kentucky. Forging an aggressive signature that is deftly crafted, insightful and often achingly lyrical, Bianca’s next step should be to steel herself for an onslaught of attention and critical acclaim.”
—Patricia Smith, author of Teahouse of the Almighty and National Book Award Finalist for Blood Dazzler

Bianca Spriggs reads tomorrow night at Quills Coffee Cardinal Towne in the last installment of Typecast Publishing’s “Natural Habitat” series. 7pm w/Jeriod Avant and Makalani Bandele.

Natural Habitat series (LAST ONE of the YEAR!) Thurs. August, 30th

Before college courses snow under those of you who are students and teachers, Typecast Publishing is throwing one last Natural Habitat reading at Quills Coffee Cardinal Towne! Affrilachian poet and Cave Canem fellow Bianca Spriggs will join local poets Jeriod Avant and Makalani Bandele (also an Affrilachian poet and Cave Canem fellow) for the last installment of “Natural Habitat” on Thursday August, 30th. This series is completely FREE and has been awesome so far thanks to both the award winning poets who’ve read and organizer Jennifer Woods.
Here are some links; read work by these excellent poets and get excited for Thursday!

Kentucky Literary Newsletter, and Future KLL Blog Content

The Kentucky Literary Newsletter probably has a more complete listing than I can achieve. You should definitely subscribe to it.

But I hope you’ll also continue following my posts for more detailed author info/interviews/and events photos! I will also re-post any online book reviews I find and may even write some as well.

Any photos, additional info, links to reviews or any other content from authors, promoters, and readers in general are welcome. Post them as comments, or send them via PM and I will compose posts for Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, and Tumblr.

We have a broad range of talented, active writers in Louisville and surrounding areas whose work I am proud to promote.

Remember: Almost all events (aside from writing workshops) are free!

Interview with Rachel Short (reading this Sunday at Stone Soup!)

Rachel Short will be reading at The Bards Town (1801 Bardstown Rd.) during the Stone Soup poetry series this Sunday (8/26).
Ms. Short, poet, composer, musician, and mother, took time from her busy life to tell us a bit about her work.
KLL: How long have you been writing and how did you get started?
RS: I started writing “poetry” my freshman year of high school.  The angst of being a teenager got my pen moving, but hanging out in coffee shops and getting positive feedback fueled the fire. I took my first poetry writing class at a community college and was an editor for their annual review.
KLL: You’ve been involved with promoting other writer’s and events, tell us a little about that.
RS:We have a pretty amazing collection of artists in this city. Varied and real. I think we all need to promote each other, as you are doing.  It’s the only way to keep the soul of the city alive and a great way to continue to be inspired.
(Ms. Short has been organizing the Nulu open mic for over two years, though the monthly event is currently on hiatus)
KLL: Has your college career at IUS encouraged or otherwise influenced your writing?
RS: I have only taken one writing class at IUS and it was absolutely encouraging. Professor [Micheal] Jackman  has a genuine interest in his students writing improvement and bases his teaching on influential essays and poets.
KLL: You’re a composer and musician (most recently performing with “huH RoBots”), does this influence your writing?
RS: I don’t believe so.  I enjoy composing music for other poets, but I tend to keep my poetry separate. My poetry writing has decreased in volume dramatically because I spend so much time with music; even though they go hand in hand, it’s difficult to divide the time.  Performing with huH Robots, however, has improved my musicianship; not to mention [its] a lot of fun.
KLL: Fill us in on your life, to whatever extent you’re comfortable, so we can understand more about where your writing originates.
RS: I’m still trying to figure that out, and I think that is what writing is about, discovery.
KLL: What should we expect on Sunday (at The Bards Town during ‘Stone Soup poetry series’)?
RS: I’m dusting off some forgotten work and reacquainting myself with it.  I’m pulling out the longest, most polished, I can find, but they’re mostly short.  I’m sure the audience will hear some familiar ones as well, because I’ve been reading in the area for awhile and, as I said, I spend most of my time with music.
Stone Soup poetry series happens this Sunday 8-26-12 (and the last Sunday of each month) at The Bards Town (1801 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40205). You can rsvp to Stone Soup on Facebook!

  August Literary Events in Louisville

 All readings are free and open to the public!

Stone Soup poetry series @ The Bards Town (1801 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40205).

Sunday, August 26th, 5:30pm.

Rachel Short, Jessica Thompson and Lee Pennington. Musical guest Suzi Wood.

Sarabande reading series @ 21c hotel (700 W. Main St. Louisville, KY 40202).

Monday, August 27th, 7pm.

Andrea Cohen and Mark Yakich.

Natural Habitat @ Quills Coffee Cardinal Towne (327 W. Cardinal Blvd.)

Thursday, August 30th, 7:30pm.

Bianca Spriggs, Jariod Avant and Makalani Bandele

Stay tuned for a list of September readings, pictures from events, and interviews with authors and organizers.

You stay literary, Louisville, KY.