Spalding Residency/Chamber Opera-Emily-and the intersection of science and faith

EmilyOperaOpera generally greets a very specific clientele. Operatic performances tend to only grace the stages of large cities on a frequent basis and mid sized cities a couple times a year.  They’re expensive due to the their grand design with heavy production, stage craft, costumes, large casts, and full orchestras. Thanks to fragmentation   some composers are composing shorter, smaller, more fiscally manageable chamber opera’s. There are still big budget opera’s, like Michel van der aa’s 2006 Afterlife,  but for a poet like Emily Dickinson, all the grandeur of traditional opera might have seemed contrived. A chamber opera, however, matches. Eva Kendrick , a Boston area composer, took a concise slice of Dickinson’s life, a cast of ten, a piano, and only an hour of your time to explore the essence of Emily’s poetry.  Musically speaking, Emily was more tonal than I would have expected from a modern operatic production, but there are some nice harmonies and one fantastic moment with a 6-part stacked polyphonic monologue. The main  theatrical ‘action’ deals with a singular poem, If you were coming in the fall, and the many misinterpretations by suitors, friends, and family. The poets frustration in dealing with social constructs in conveyed as Emily only smiles when she’s writing, or showing her poetry to someone she respects.

Tomorrow on the Keep Louisville Literary radio hour, I’ll be chatting with another poet by the name of Emily.

Emily Ruppel is a writer and artist whose work explores the intersection between faith and science, the spiritual and empirical, as ways to understand ourselves and our place in the cosmos. After studying poetry at Bellarmine university, Emily received a master’s degree in science writing at MIT and is now back home in the Louisville highlands.

Social constructs have changed since the days of Emily Dickinson, but how we deal with sharing our poetry with the world-not as much. Tune in at 1pm EST on artxfm.com to hear about the balance between writing in science and the writing of the heart, the faith in beauty, poetry.

Events: All week Spalding Residency

Tonight: http://spalding.edu/frank-x-walker-speak-diana-m-raab-distinguished-writer-residence/

Frank X Walker, Kentucky poet laureate, has been named the 2014 Diana M. Raab Distinguished Writer in Residence for Spalding University’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program. Walker gives a public presentation at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at the Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway. The event is free, ticketless, and open to the public. A book signing follows.

 

Lexington- Holler 72 happens to be our 6 year anniversary of bringing literature to the main stage in Lexington. Guest hosted by award winning poet and feature at the very first Holler, Maurice Manning, the party will feature the return of former Poet Laureate Richard Lawrence Taylor and Holler creator and host Eric Scott Sutherland, both celebrating the release of new books. Music will be provided by the talented Don Rogers (Bluegrass Collective, KY Wildhorse, Giant Rooster Sideshow, etc.). Richard and Eric will have their new books available and will be ready to sign your copy. Open mic starts the show at 8pm with signups beginning at 645pm

 

 

Upcoming Events

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Fri May 30 – Louisville –4:45-6:00 p.m. (Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Citation).The Spalding MFA in Writing Alumni Association sponsors a Homecoming event for all alumni, including the Celebration of Recently Published Books by Alumni and SPlovefest (Spalding’s Book Festival). Among other alumni with their first published book, Mary Popham will read from Back Home in Landing Run. All students, alumni, and faculty welcome. Book signing to follow at

SPLoveFest. 6:00-7:00 p.m. (Brown Hotel, 1st floor, Secretariat). Books provided by Carmichael’s Bookstore. Alumni and students display their books, journals, and anthologies and/or bring promotional material regarding any artistic endeavor such as plays, movies, podcasts, literary services, blogs, websites, and more. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

Jun 7 Sat – 8 Sunday – LaGrange – The Colonial Trade Faire in Oldham County. Colonial Trade Faire Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, 2014- 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. An 18th century…

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This week [5.21.14] Our Story.Frederick Smock.Matthew Presley

Tonight at the ALI center 

Ali Center Collaborates on Free Community Event

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (May 8, 2014) … On Wednesday, May 21, from 6:30-9:30pm, the Louisville Story Program will be celebrating the publication of “Our Shawnee” with a free event at the Muhammad Ali Center featuring author readings, book signings (books will be available for $15.00), and remarks from local community leaders.

The Louisville Story Program helps historically underrepresented Louisville residents write and publish books about their lives and neighborhoods, and pays them for their work. “Our Shawnee” is LSP’s first project. Over the course of almost a year, the eight authors of “Our Shawnee,” all students at The Academy @ Shawnee (formerly Shawnee High School), wrote this landmark book, which consists of autobiographical essays, oral histories, and photography that compellingly convey the richness of life in often-overlooked Louisville neighborhoods, predominantly Shawnee and Portland.

– See more at: http://alicenter.org/press-release/163#sthash.JVS6bhgD.LwTwpTyl.dpuf

 

Tomorrow [5.22.14] at Carmichael’s 7pm 

Frederick Smock and Richard Boada will read poems at the Carmichael’s Bookstore on FRANKFORT AVE. Richard Boada is an alumnus ofBellarmine University, and a former student of Prof. Smock. Mr. Boada’s first full-length collection of poetry, “The Error of Nostalgia” has just been published by Texas Tech University Press. Mr. Smock will read from his most recent writings.
 
Thursday on Keep Louisville Literary radio hour on artxFM.com 
 
Matthew Presley will be chatting with John Beechem on KLL on Thursday at 1pm EST about his recent book of poems Abundantly Clear. Matthew has been hard at work on new poems as well, and will share previews for his upcoming 2nd book.  Presley is an avid attendee of many open mics in Louisville, a great supporter to so many writers and artists with his photographic documentation, a kind, generous soul, and diligent poet. Tune in to hear live readings and Q&A about self publishing and importance of poetic community. 
 
GetLIT,
Rachel 

 

Subterranean Phrases with Tony Brewer and KLL radio hour with Kirsten Clodfelter

This week in Literary Louisville: 

Wednesday, May 14, 8pm in the cellar lounge of Decca Restaurant [812 e. Market] –Subterranean Phrases

Featuring Tony Brewer, Bloomington, IN and Paul Robey of Common Collective 

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Tony Brewer is a poet, spoken word performer, screenwriter, sound effects artist, and roller derby announcer from Bloomington, Indiana. He also is executive director of the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival; chairs the Writers Guild at Bloomington; and is one-quarter of the performance group Reservoir Dogwoods. He teaches and performs live sound effects at the HEAR Now Festival in Kansas City, and is the house sound effects artist for the Firehouse Follies live variety show on WFHB Community Radio. He has announced for Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby for 8 seasons, and he wrote and co-produced 8 Wheels of Death, the world’s first roller derby zombie romantic comedy. He has three books of poetry: The Great American Scapegoat, Little Glove in a Big Hand, and Hot Type Cold Read.

We had Tony on the radio hour awhile back and you can listen here: http://www.mixcloud.com/KeepLouisvilleLiterary/tony-brewer-on-kll-22024-poems-radio-plays-roller-derby-zombies

Host of Subterranean Phrases, Rachel Short, matches a musician with the writers to perform unrehearsed collaborations. Paul Robey of Common Collective will be providing the soundscape with Brewer’s words.  http://www.reverbnation.com/commoncollective 

There is also an open mic available and opening Set by Brian Manley, artFM local music director, and Douglas Lucas, Louisville Experimental Festival. 

 

Thursday on the Keep Louisville Literary radio hour on http://artxfm.com at 1pm EST, we’ll be chatting with Kirsten Clodfelter.

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Kirsten Clodfelter’s writing has been previously published in The Iowa ReviewBrevityNarrative MagazineGreen Mountains Review, The Good Men Project, and storySouth, among others and is forthcoming in ROAR Magazine. Her chapbook of war-impact stories, Casualties, was published last October by RopeWalk Press. Clodfelter is a regular contributor to As It Ought to Be, where she is also the Series Editor of the small-press review series, At the Margins. An Associate Editor of New American Press, Clodfelter lives in Southern Indiana with her partner and young daughter.

Tune in to hear live readings from previous work and upcoming projects along with Q&A with Host, Rachel Short. 

 

Tea Salon. Amelia Susan. InKY: all this week in Literary Louisville

The Derby festivities are over for the year and Louisvillians can breathe a sigh of relief and get back to the heart of the city, its arts.

Spalding University’s BFA in CREATIVE WRITING

presents

LITERARY (Tea)SALON!
Wednesday, May 7th @ HILLBILLY TEA @ 7:30 PM

Martha Greenwald!

Kate Welsh!

Martha Greenwald’s first collection of poetry, Other Prohibited Items, was the winner of the Mississippi Review Poetry Series. Her work has appeared in such journals as The Threepenny Review, Slate, Poetry, Best New Poets, The Sycamore Review and Shenandoah. She has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford and been awarded an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, among other honors.

Kate Welsh is writing and illustrating her first graphic novel, Believable Places. She earned an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College in 2007. From 2008-2009 she worked as a columnist for the Louisville Eccentric Observer and continues to write freelance book reviews for them. Her column, “Yep I’m Gay,” was Louisville’s first queer-centered column in a mainstream paper

Thursday, May 8 at 1pm EST on artxfm.com, Keep Louisville Literary will host poet, Amelia Susan with readings and Q&A about her recent publication ‘The Hand that holds the Earth’

Amelia S. Robinson is an author, artist, teacher, and therapist. She has found writing to be a vital part of her life. She remembers writing even as a child. In addition to composing poems and stories, she creates visual and performance arts. She presents spoken word under the name Dawn’s Early Light and continues to work toward her dream of returning to the nature and country living that so deeply influenced her youth.
The Hand That Holds The Earth Book is the first publication of writing by Amelia S. Robinson. She presents this collection of poetry and prose with the intention of raising the vibration of love and magic in our daily lives and reminding us of the precious gifts of Earth and Spirit that surround us and are within us all.

 

On Friday, May 9, LLA’s InKY is pleased to host Sena Jeter Naslund, Erin Keane, and Ellyn Lichvar. A Q & A with the authors will follow. Open mic will begin at 7:00, and the three readers will begin at 7:20. Open mic readers, please arrive at Bard’s Town to sign-up at 6:45.

 

Get LIT, Louisville. post derby

Today on KLL [5.1.14] 1pm EST Trevor DeCuir and Jeff Wessel with McQuixote Books and Coffee

Trevor DeCuir is a local singer-songwriter, poet, barista, event organizer, dot connector, and now local business owner. He has been involved in a number of projects from a traveling improvisational play called the Dream Revive-All to helping build the riverfront community unity event, the Mighty Kindness Festival. His most recent endeavor is to open a used book & coffee shop with business partners Mickey Ball and Jeff Wessel. Scheduled to open this spring in the new Tim Faulkner Art Gallery, the shop will be a hub for the local community with poetry readings, literary magazines, community events, coffee classes, and reading groups.

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“We’re raising money to purchase an espresso machine. With it we’ll make you beautiful espresso, capps, lattes, and more!

We are so excited to bring to life our book & coffee shop for you!

We’ll have an expansive book collection of many first edition and collectible books for you to peruse, a menu with something for everyone, a direct connection to one of the most energetic art galleries in the city, beautiful outside seating for warmer months, reading groups, art communities, and whatever else may manifest!

There are lots of great rewards for helping us reach our goal from free drinks and books to coffee seminars and coffee mugs!  You select whatever works within your budget.

We are currently working in our every spare moment to make this space comfortable and community driven.  Please help us out with this last big piece to our dream!”

 To see how you can help, visit their kickstarter