Field recording Non-Fiction and new episodes on Mixcloud.

I had a lovely time with Jacinda Townsend yesterday on Keep Louisville Literary, and if you missed it, I will upload it on mix cloud later this weekend. For now, there are two new episodes posted on the mix cloud: last weeks Gonzo issue, and the long awaited issue with Mary Popham.


In addition to the studio chats we’ve been having with writers, I also had the opportunity to record two author forum’s this past Tuesday and will post them after some light sound editing. 


The first was Pamela J. Olsen at Crescent Hill Library in a conference room with metal folding chairs and an adjacent elevator shaft that used the room as a resonance chamber. Despite the very distracting ambience of the room, I was enthralled. Pamela Olsen spent around 18months in Palestine, working, living, and pretending to not be American.  She talked about the realities of the Israeli occupation and the hardships of the Palestinian people.  It’s difficult to know the truth about the middle east while sifting through the corporate owned media of the good ol’ USofA, so Pamela went to see for herself.  Her stories of weddings, funerals, holding cells, checkpoints, illegal hiking, and parties are all compiled in “Fast Times in Palestine” It’s definitely on my reading list. 


After my current affairs history lesson, I headed over to Decca where Fred Minnick was signing books. Fred Minnick has a newborn, wears and ascot, is captivated by women bootleggers, and brings his own bourbon. He’s appalled that the story of Women’s involvement in the history of whiskey had not already been written. But not too much, because he’s selling books and loves researching the topic. He’s a whiskey writer through and through and his credentials are mentioned in the recording. I enjoyed fine cheeses, pickled vegetables, beet tartar, and grilled octopus while listening to Fred discuss a timeline of whiskey that has never been told before. (I drank beer, but don’t tell Fred.) Mr. Minnick’s next appearance with “Whiskey Women” will be April 17th at the JTown Library from 230-630. Susan Reigler will be there too with her essential travel guide ” Kentucky Bourbon Country.” Image

Thursday on Jacinda Townsend reads from “Saint Monkey: A Novel”


Keep Louisville Literary is thrilled to host Jacinda Townsend on Thursday at 1pm EST with readings from her premiere novel.  

Jacinda first studied law at Harvard and Duke Universities before receiving her MFA from Iowa Writers Workshop. 

She has published short fiction in literary magazines such as poemmemoirstory, Obsidian II, and Passages North and anthologies such as Surreal South and Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky Feminists. She currently lives in Bloomington, Indiana and teaches creative writing at Indiana University.

Jacinda Townsend’s remarkable first novel is a coming-of-age story made at once gripping and poignant by the wild energy of the Jazz Era and the stark realities of segregation. Marrying musical prose with lyric vernacular, Saint Monkey delivers a stirring portrait of American storytelling and marks the appearance of an auspicious new voice in literary fiction.


Tune in Thursday at 1pm EST to hear excerpt from “Saint Monkey: A Novel” and interview with the author


This week in Literary Louisville: Women:Whiskey:War

The first two on the list are much more pleasant than the last, but if you plan your Tuesday [3.18] accordingly, you could have it all in one day. 

Crescent Hill Library hosts author Pamela J. Olsen on Tuesday, March 18th,  with an author forum for the release of her book, “Fast Times in Palestine.”   4:30p

With dizzying speed she found herself attending Yasser Arafat’s funeral, tour-guiding Israeli friends around the West Bank, dating a Palestinian from a conservative village, being held at gunpoint and injured by a stun grenade, and witnessing the 2005 Disengagement from inside the Gaza Strip. The gripping narrative focuses not only on violence, terror, and politics but also on the daily rounds of house parties, concerts, barbecues, weddings, jokes, harvests, and romantic drama that happen in between.


It’s just a short drive from Crescent Hill to E. Market Street where Decca will be celebrating Whiskey and Women with a cocktail party and book signing by Fred Minnick, author of “Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey.”  6-8p




Summary of Events [3.12-3.15]

Tonight: Wednesday [3.12.14]  Subterranean Phrases, Live collaboration of writers and musician, featuring Sonya DeVries, words, Jon Silpayamanant, cello, Jackie Royce, Bassoon. Host, Rachel Short. Location: Decca [812 e. Market] 8pm, FREE

Thursday [3.13.14] Keep Louisville Literary on, 1pm EST. Featuring Gonzoville poet, Ron Whitehead. 

                Also on air: 

Tune in to Spectrum this Thursday at 7pm est. William S Tribell will be talking with Kentucky poet, photographer and filmmaker- Sheri Wright about her latest film project down in New Orleans; “Tracking Fire”. Join us on FM WLMU 91.3 The Gap or listen online at


Friday [3.14.14] InKY, Louisville’s longest running reading series featuring: 

Knopf poet Sarah Arvio reads in Lexington and Louisville. Thursday, March 13 at 6:00 at the Carnegie Center in Lexington with Bianca Spriggs. And Friday, March 14 at 7:00 as part of the InKY Reading Series at the Bardstown in Louisville with Mary Hamilton and Dave Harrity.

Sarah Arvio works as a translator for the United Nations in New York and Switzerland, and has recently also taught poetry at Princeton. Her poems are widely published, in such journals as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Boston Review, The Kenyon Review and elsewhere. Her first book, Visits from the Seventh (2002), won the Rome Prize and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship. Poems in that volume were awarded The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Prize and Poetry?s Frederick Bock Prize. She is also the author of the poetry collections, Sono (2007) and night thoughts (2013).

Host, Adam Day. Location: The Bardstown, [1801 Bardstown Rd.] 7p, Free


Saturday [3.15.14] Mothership Ensemble including the world premiere of composer, Chris Kincaid’s piece ‘Full Sunlight’, poem by Conyer Clayton. IU Southeast, Ogle Center, New Albany Indiana, 7p, free 

Press Release: 

Second concert of the Mothership Ensemble 2013-2014 season!

Featuring Terry Riley’s “in C”

Mothership Ensemble Presents Minimalist Classic In C and World Premieres by Local Composers
February 19, 2014, Louisville, KY… 

Contemporary/avant-garde music collective
Mothership Ensemble continues to bring innovative and experimental modern classical music to the Louisville area with a free concert on March 15, 2014 at Indiana University-Southeast’s Paul W. Ogle Cultural Center. The program will feature both newly-composed works and 20th century classics performed by some of the most versatile and enthusiastic musicians in Kentuckiana. 

The program will feature Terry Riley’s classic minimalist composition In C (1964), in honor of its 50th birthday this year. The piece consists of a series of 53 musical phrases which can be played by any musician, in any order, and for any length of time, resulting in a thrillingly hypnotic experience. The work is considered one of first compositions of minimalist music, originally written as a reaction against the highly structured, ultracomplex
music of the era.

Another masterpiece that Mothership will reprise is Louis Andriessen’s Workers Union (1975), which the ensemble first performed on its season kickoff concert in 2013. The piece is a raucous, rhythmically charged workout written or “any loud-sounding group of instruments.” Andriessen has described the work as a politically symbolic, displaying “a combination of individual freedom and severe discipline… it is difficult to play in an ensemble and to remain in step, sort of like organizing and carrying on political action.” 

In addition to performing these twentieth century classics, Mothership prides itself on promoting the music of composers from Louisville and Southern Indiana. This concert will feature the world premiere of Chris Kincaid’s Full Sunlight, written for bass flute, viola, cello, and electronic sounds. The work is inspired by the poem “Full Sunlight” written by Louisville-born poet Conyer Clayton, and explores music that, according to
Kincaid, “is not exactly frozen in time, but instead takes place in time that slowed almost to a standstill.”

Mothership is also excited to perform Sympathetic Vibrations, for tuba and piano, by the ensemble’s co-director and hornist Rachel Short. For much of the piece, the pianist does not play on the keyboard itself, but rather depresses the pedal and allows the
strings to resonate in subtle harmonies with the tuba. In this way, the two instruments dissolve their individual identities, becoming extensions and reflections of each other.

Ensemble director and cellist Jon Silpayamanant will perform in almost every work on the program, including Recursive Iteration No. 1, a new composition by Silpayamanant for cello, bassoon, and electronic sounds. 

Video artist Roxell Karr, who collaborates with Silpayamanant in their duo Camera Lucida, will provide projections for many of the
works on the concert to provide an immersive audiovisual experience.

The Mothership Ensemble is a new music collective based in the Louisville area, founded by Rachel Short and Jon Silpayamanant in 2012. They seek to increase the performance and awareness of contemporary music in Louisville through unique programming in unconventional venues. The group constantly seeks and commissions new music from young and local composers while continuing to present essential, yet underrepresented works of the 20th and 21st centuries. Mothership maintains an “open” membership, welcoming anyone in the community that interested in performing contemporary music to join them.

For more information about the event, call 502-553-8631, or visit the event’s Facebook page at

Mothership Ensemble:
Jon Silpayamanant:

Nu Mu Lu:

See you there, Rachel 

This week: Subterranean Phrases [3.12] and Ron Whitehead on KLL [3.13]

This past weekend was a very musical one and now it’s time to get back to Literary business. As some of you know, I like to keep one foot firmly planted in the music world and one in the Literary world. It’s quite the dance. The reading series I host, Subterranean Phrases, which is coming up on two years of consecutive monthly events, brings together two beautifully related arts: musical and verbal phrases. When I was asked to start a poetry night for the Decca Restaurant cellar lounge, I had been hosting an open mic for some time. I wanted, however, to add some structure to the event and I wanted to provide a reading series that wasn’t already happening. Something that combined my two passions in a way that welded them together. I met with my friend and mentor, Michael Jackman, for coffee. We talked about the readings that used to happen at the Jazz Factory. Jazz and spoken word. That fit’s the bill, exactly. However, with budget in mind and the fact that my musical connections rely more heavily on orchestral, experimental, and players of the popular genre, we decided to blow the whole musical experience open, and pair writers with music of any genre, any stretch of the imagination (my imagination,) that could connect the two.  

I know I’ve lost some writers since the open mic days.  Open mic’s are very welcoming and I only offer 8 open mic slots (5mins each.) But my goal is to get the words OFF of the page. Kill the poet voice. That’s right, I said it: kill the poet voice. Give your words breath, space, music. Let them dance off the page.  Read more slowly and you’ll hear the music in your words. It’s there, trust me.

This Wednesday at Subterranean Phrases will feature Sonja DeVries: poet, journalist, film maker, activist and host of Crescent Hill Radio’s “Ignite the Ink” with music provided by Mothership Ensemble: Jon Silpayamanant, cello, and Jackie Royce, Bassoon.  

Come out and share you work. I will provide musical accompaniment to the first 3 open mic participants. Wednesday [3.12] doors at 8p, 3 open mic slots at 830p, Featured set, and then closing with 5 open mic opportunities. 

Also this WEEK

Thursday on Keep Louisville Literary on 1pm, We’ll be talking with outlaw poet, and organizer of so many poetic and musical amalgamations, Ron Whitehead. Gonzofest starts March 31st and is a full 6days! Ron has put so much heart and dedication into honoring Hunter S. Thompson in this city, the hometown that they shared and love.  We’ll have readings from Ron and talk about the week of events.  


Thursday [3.6.14] on Composer, Chris Kincaid

Local composer, Chris Kincaid will be on Keep Louisville Literary on Thursday (1pm EST) to discuss art song along with his upcoming premier of ‘Full Sunlight.’  Local new music collective, Mothership Ensemble will be premiering the work on March 15 at IU Southeast in New Albany, IN.

‘This concert will feature the world premiere of Chris Kincaid’s Full Sunlight, written for bass flute, viola, cello, and electronic sounds. The work is inspired by the poem “Full Sunlight

written by Louisville-born poet Conyer Clayton, and explores music that, according to Kincaid, “is not exactly frozen in time, but instead takes place in time that slowed almost to a standstill.” 

Art song is much different in process than song writing and works very well for contemporary poetry. Kincaid has worked with other local poets in the community and plans to continue to do so in the future.  Listen Thursday as we discuss this process, read the poems, and play recordings of previously finished works by Kincaid that turn poems into chamber music. 

In other news, Tomorrow night (March 5) is the 3rd installment of the Spalding BFA Literary (tea)Salon at Hillbilly Tea, 7pm. Hosted by Spalding BFA, program Directer, Merle Bachman. Featuring Adriena Dame, writer, publisher, educator, and sock designer. He first book is titled “MOO: stories and a novella”, she publishes two literary journals, and teaches undergrad creative writing courses at Spalding University.
Show up at 630p to sign up for the open mic.

In other other news: Keep Louisville Literary would like to start a segment on the show of writers reading their work in the wild. If you have recordings between 2 and 5mins of yourself or published works read in the public forum, send them our way! (.wav or mp3)

Moving right along…

 I have begun to upload past shows on mixcloud: and will continue to do so.  


This Wednesday, March 5th,  in #literary Louisville the Spalding BFA Literary (tea)salon happens at Hillbilly Tea, 7pm. Featuring Merle Bachman and Adrienne Dame.  

Then Thursday on Keep Louisville Literary radio hour on I’ll be chatting with composer, Chris Kincaid. Composer? That’s right. A lot of composers enjoy writing art song: poems set to chamber music. Kincaid has used a lot of local poets, including an up coming premier you won’t want to miss. Check out the discussion Thursday at 1pm on