ArtFM Radio hour: March 5.2015 : Nettie Farris : Matthew Haughton : Jonathan Wood

Tune in HERE this Thursday 1pm EST

Readings and Q&A with Nettie Farris and Matthew Haughton

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Musical interludes by Jonathan Wood

When you dig it:  You can then see them collaborate LIVE at Subterranean Phrases

on March 11 @ Decca [812 e. market st ] EVENT PAGE HERE

Subterranean Phrases is a reading series that matches writers and musicians to perform unrehearsed collaborations creating interesting juxtapositions of verbal and musical phrases. It’s subterranean in the cellar lounge at Decca Restaurant.

Can’t wait until March 11th to hear some incredible local readings?  I don’t blame you. Fear not. the Portland Poetry Series happens on MONDAY, March 2ND @ McQuixote Books and Coffee with 4 FOUR outstanding writers. 

Amber Burns : Adam Day : Jeremy Clark : Yolantha Harrison-Pace

Epiphany 

EVENT PAGE HERE 

All bios below


Nettie Farris is the author of Communion (Accents Publishing, 2013). She teaches writing as an adjunct instructor and has earned a Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences University of Louisville. She has won first place prizes in both Graduate Poetry and Graduate Research from the Metroversity Writing Contest. In 2011 she received the Kudzu Poetry Prize. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Floyds Knobs, Indiana. Her chapbook, Fat Crayons, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

Matthew Haughton’s latest book of poetry is “Stand in the Stillness of Woods” (WordTech Editions). His chapbook, “Bee-coursing Box” (Accents Publications) was nominated for the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry Book of the Year. His poems have appeared in many journals including Appalachian Heritage, The Four Way Review, Still, Border Crossing, and The Louisville Review. He is currently a student at the Bread Loaf School of English, where he is on a generous fellowship from the C.E. and S. Foundation. Haughton works as a school teacher in his native Kentucky.

http://jonathanglenwood.bandcamp.com/

From songwriter to improviser, Jonathan Glen Wood answers creativity’s call with openness and honesty, seeking clarity on an important inner journey. Whether performing with Old Baby, Jaye Jayle, Lowe Sutherland or Catherine Irwin, Wood strives to find new modes of creative expression, which lead to new musical possibilities. After a wide range of solo releases in 2014 ultimately uniting folk songwriting and synthesizer tones, he’s started 2015 by releasing, “On Remembering,” a wholly instrumental ambient synthesizer affair.


Amber Burns was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She earned her BA in English and Pan-African Studies from the University of Louisville. Amber first began performing her poetry in 2008 as a member of the feminist choreo-poetry troupe, S.H.E.! (Solidifying Her Evolution). She is now a seasoned poet and uses the stage as a platform to discuss the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality. Amber is the Assistant Director of New Roots, Inc., a Louisville based non-profit working to make fresh local food affordable for those who need it most.

Jeremy Clark was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He recently graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Pan-African Studies. In 2014, he was chosen to attend the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and his work is forthcoming in PLUCK! and Callaloo.

Adam Day’s forthcoming collection is Model of City in Civil War (Sarabande Books, April 2015). He is the recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a PEN Emerging Writers Award. His work has appeared in the Boston Review, American Poetry Review, Poetry London, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He coordinates The Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia, Scotland, and Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest.

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 underserved populations in America and beyond. Yolantha is an advocate for abused family members, 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 is a children’s book celebrating friends and family of wounded warriors.

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New Year : New Readings all week + Ellen Birkett Morris on the radio hour [1.8.14]

Ellen Birkett Morris writes poetry, fiction and short plays from her home in Louisville, Kentucky. Morris is the author of Surrender (Finishing Line Press). Her poetry has appeared in Thin Air Magazine, The Clackamas Literary Review, Juked, Alimentum, Gastronomica, and Inscape. Morris won top prize in the 2008 Binnacle Ultra-Short Edition and was a semi-finalist for the 2009 Rita Dove Poetry Prize. Her poem, Origins, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her fiction has been published in Antioch Review, Notre Dame Review, South Carolina Review, wigleaf, Santa Fe Literary Review, and Paradigm. Her story “The Cycle of Life and Other Incidentals” was selected as a finalist in the Glimmer Train Press Family Matters short story competition. Her story “Religion” is nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Morris’s play, Fool Me Once, appeared in Plays, The Drama Magazine for Young People. Her ten-minute play, Lost Girls, was a finalist for the 2008 Heideman Award given by Actors Theatre. Lost Girls received a staged reading at Cincinnati’s Arnoff Center. She has contributed articles to national publications including Cooking Light, http://www.DrKoop.com, and http://www.womensenews.org. Her essays can be found in trade paperback books including Hidden Kitchens, Nesting: It’s a Chick Thing, and The Writing Group Book and on public radio. Morris has attended the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, the Key West Literary Seminar and has an MFA from the Queens University-Charlotte low residency program. She has received grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Kentucky Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She is the recipient of a 2013 Al Smith Fellowship for her fiction given by the Kentucky Arts Council. She works as a public relations consultant and writes regularly for www.authorlink.com.

Ellen will be sharing her work and chatting with host, Rachel Short, on Thrusday, 1pm, for the Keep Louisville Literary radio hour on artxfm.com

She will also be the Featured writer for this month’s Subterranean Phrases on January 14th at Decca, 730p, 812 E. Market St. Louisville, KY.  Jeremy Clark will be opening with music improv by Tim Barnes and Rachel Short.

Jeremy Clark was born and raised in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. He was a participant in the 2014 Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and his work is forthcoming in PLUCK!: A Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture.

Subterranean Phrases offers a few open mic slots. Doors at 7pm

Other Events this week:

Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 7th, Spalding BFA writers Salon at Hillbilly Tea.

Featuring: Mitchell Douglas

“Mitchell L. H. Douglas, Associate Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, a Cave Canem fellow, and Poetry Editor for PLUCK!: the Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture. His second poetry collection \blak\ \al-fə bet\, winner of the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award, is available from Persea Books. His debut collection, Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem, was a runner-up for the 2007 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, a semifinalist for the 2007 Blue Lynx Prize, and a semifinalist for the 2006 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. In 2010, Cooling Board was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work-Poetry category and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. His poetry has appeared in CallalooThe Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (University of Georgia Press), Crab OrchardReview, and Zoland Poetry Volume II (Zoland Books) among others.”

Friday, January 9, InKY, The Bardstown, 7p

“– FEATURED InKY readers: novelists Hannah Pittard, and Kelly Creagh and poetry by special guests, Joy Priest and Danni Quintos.
— We will not have an open mic portion for this month’s InKY reading.

Hannah Pittard is the author of three novels, including the forthcoming LISTEN TO ME (2016) and the newly released REUNION, which has been named a Millions’ Most Anticipated Book, a Chicago Tribune Editor’s Choice, a BuzzFeed Top-5 Great Book, a Best New Book by People Magazine, a Top-10 Read by Bustle Magazine and LibraryReads, a Must-Read byTimeOut Chicago, and a Hot New Novel by Good Housekeeping. Her first novel, THE FATES WILL FIND THEIR WAY, was an Oprah Magazine selection, an Indie Next pick, a Powell’s Indiespendible Book Club Pick, and a “best of” selection by The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, Details Magazine, The Kansas City Star, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, and Hudson Booksellers. She is the winner of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a consulting editor for Narrative Magazine. She divides her time between Chicago and Lexington, Kentucky, where she lives with her husband, W. Andrew Ewell.

Kelly Creagh is the author of the Nevermore books, a trilogy of young adult novels with cheerleading heroine Isobel and a mysterious goth figure by the name of Varen at the center of the plot. In addition, Edgar Allan Poe finds his way into the story, as do a number of sinister figures from a shadowy dream world.

Joy Priest is a poet, memoirist, and screenwriter living in the In-Between, where she was born and raised. Her primary obsession is psychological horror. At 25, she is the newest and youngest member of the Affrilachian Poets, and the recipient of a Kentucky Arts Council Emerging Artist Award. Her work has been published or is upcoming in pluck! Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, and Toe Good Poetry Journal, and Best New Poets 2014.

Danni Quintos is a Lexington, Kentucky native and an Affrilachian Poet. Her poems have appeared in Pluck!, Still, Toe Good and Blood Lotus. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at Indiana University.”

Saturday, January 10, Portland Poetry Series, McQuixote Books and Coffee

“Join us for the second installment in the Portland Poetry Series. Our featured poets this month will be Adriena Dame, Eli Keel, Christina Howard, and Brandon B Shatter Harrison.

Additionally, Chaz Briscoe will be taking the lead on Readings from the Canon, a reminder that we are always standing on the shoulders of giants in everything we do.

Lastly, there will be three open-mic slots. Get here early to sign up for one of them.

Adriena Dame, author of The Moo: Stories and a Novella, is a military brat, adventurer, mixed-media jewelry artist, sock designer, and creative writing professor at Spalding University. She also teaches English as a second language, publishes two literary journals, 94 Creations and Iris Brown Lit Mag, and is co-owner of the SOSAJI! Brand and SOSAJI! & Co., a boutique located in Louisville, Kentucky.

Eli Keel is a Louisville based playwright, poet, story teller, and freelance journalist. He has been published in Word Hotel, his plays have been produced by Theatre [502] and Finnigan Productions, and appeared at the 2014 Writer’s Block. He is a frequent contributor to Insider Louisville, where he has been given the (informal) title of “Chief of the Bureau of Quirk.”

Christina Nicole Howard is a writer, poet and spoken word artist living in Louisville, KY with her two beautiful children. In 2009, she was a facilitator for “Minimizing Violence through Poetry and Spoken Word,” an initiative to support local youth, sponsored by the non-profit River City Drum Corp Cultural Arts Institute. She has been a guest on Crescent Hill Radio’s “Made in 502” radio show and the local tv show “Poetic Expressions.” Her work has appeared in various magazines and literary reviews, including Pure Uncut Candy, Calliope Nerve, BlazeVOX, Three Line Poetry, and Heavy Hands Ink’s NitTwits: A Collection of Twitter Length Poems. In 2012, she published her first book of poetry, The Poem Remains the Same. Her second book, Love : Death, is due for release Spring, 2015. You can see her perform in two SteraFilms productions of her work, “What’s Going On” and “The Stranger.” If it is actually her you’re looking for, check an open mic.

Who is this man? Who is the person beyond the stage? Born Brandon Derriel Harrison, the world has come to know him as B Shatter, the goofy slick talking, face making, picture taking poet that’s taking the country by storm. With 8yrs of slam style training and experience under his belt, he’s poised to take his talent and his gifts to bigger and better heights! He’s passion incarnate, this 26yo chocolate brother will be sure to show you why everyone is clammering to get him on stage and into their hearts! Be on the lookout for this up and coming star! #iluvbshatter #shatterseason”

Sunday, January 11, Authors Spotlight with Atty Eve, McQuixote Books and Music

“Release Party! Controlling Cosette, book 2 of the My Beautiful Suicideseries will be released 1/1/15. Come out to celebrate with Atty Eve.

We are working with Kentuckiana Authors each month to highlight the talented writers from around our region. Join us every first Sunday all year long.”

write on,

Rachel Short

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.

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.”
http://www.sensilla.com/

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

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. 

 

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.  

http://www.mixcloud.com/KeepLouisvilleLiterary/

 

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 www.pamolsen.org 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

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 

http://www.pamolson.org

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

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American Fantastic Editor John Beechem on KLL radio 1pm TODAY!

TODAY Rachel willl be chatting with John Beechem at 1pm EST on www.artxfm.com about writing, community, and his online publishing site American Fantastic. You can live stream from the web or download the app to your phone-nothing like a literary interview in your pocket!

Keep Louisville Literary
Thursdays 1pm
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WKU Prof. Tom Hunley on Workshop Shaming and Telling His Life Through ‘The Simpsons’

Dr. Tom C. Hunley will read for Subterranean Phrases at Decca (812 E. Market) June 12th with musical accompaniment by Russell Shartzer (tuba) & Ryan Marsh (piano).  The event starts at 8pm and begins and closes with a brief open-mic. I contacted Dr. Hunley to discuss his long career as both educator and poet:

Brandon Stettenbenz: You’re an Associate Professor of English at Western Kentucky University, a poet, and an editor. Let me first ask you about teaching. I’ve not heard much about literature at WKU or in that region in general, so I’d like to ask two questions. Tell us about the English program at WKU and your role there. Is there a strong literary community in the Western part of our commonwealth?

Dr. Tom C. Hunley:  WKU is a great place to study creative writing.  You can major in it or minor in it.  Several times our students have swept Sarabande’s state-wide student awards, taking first, second, and third.  Recent alums have published in Louisville Review, West Branch, and The Hollins Critic, and we’ve sent students on to graduate programs at Rutgers, Ole Miss, Georgia State, Spalding, Southern Illinois, Naropa, and elsewhere.  My colleague, David Jack Bell, has yet another novel forthcoming from Penguin/NAL, and we have several other fine faculty members, including Mary Ellen Miller, who is a legendary teacher and poet in this region.

BS: You’ve written a book of essays on creative writing pedagogy, and have a long career as an educator. Could you share with us some highlights from those essays or discuss them a bit?

TH:  My main preoccupation in the essays is to explore alternatives to the traditional creative writing workshop, which wastes a lot of time, in my opinion, while putting students on the defensive, often embarrassing them and shaming them.  Generally I teach “flipped” classes, in which most of the class time is spent on generative exercises and most critique takes place outside of class.

BS: Of your book “Poetry Gymnasium”, a textbook on creative writing, you’ve been quoted here as saying “the book’s title is intended as wordplay and a nod at the progymnasmata and the gymnasmata, two classical sequences of exercises for orators. My model of instruction centers around writing exercises derived from the five canons of classical rhetoric:  invention, arrangement, style, memory and delivery”. In the reviewer’s later description of the same book, they indicate that your model leads students to decide their own “prompts, forms, and rules” by studying the approach of successful authors like Yeats, etc. Could you talk a bit about this approach you teach to students of poetry and perhaps about your own, more experienced approach to writing poetry?

TH:  Another key feature of The Poetry Gymnasium is that each of the book’s 94 exercises is supplemented by an example written by a WKU student.  If my students couldn’t generate great work via an exercise, that exercise didn’t make it into the book. 

BS: One of your chapbooks is written in the voices of characters from the TV cartoon The Simpsons. I’d venture that you’re likely the first poet to do this, though many Simpsons fans may have written fan-fiction tales before. The book is both like the show in that your poems describe the characters’ known exploits and reach for an unexpected catharsis, and unlike the show in that the poems brevity and weight most often exceed the emotional capacity usually portrayed. Tell us about the making of “Annoyed Grunt” (Imaginary Friend Press, 2012).

TH:  Those are just the first fourteen poems in a full-length manuscript called The State That Springfield Is In.  So far I have thirty-two of these poems, and the manuscript is fifty-four pages long.  These poems are not about The Simpsons.  They’re about me, about my inner life.  Just as my Maggie Simpson sees herself in the old, craven face of Mr. Burns, I see a part of myself in each of these characters.  When I write about the Van Houtens’ divorce and its effect on young Milhouse, I’m writing about my own scarred, departed youth.  When I have Homer wax uxorious about Marge before confessing, in his next breath, to being tempted by the Lurleens and Mindys of the world, you can bet that I have in mind my own marriage to the lovely Ralaina.  Like Troy McClure, I yearn to be remembered and fear that I won’t.  Like Moe Szyslak, I have different, conflicting sides to my personality and I don’t always know how to reconcile them.  Like Frank Grimes, I have frequently felt like an outsider trying desperately to fit in.  When Lisa Simpson discusses foreign policy and Kent Brockman and Mayor Quimby’s campaign staff weigh-in on local politics, they address my own concerns.  Edna Krabappel voices my thoughts and feelings about teaching.  Reverend Timothy Lovejoy and Ned Flanders articulate my struggles with faith and doubt better than I ever could without wearing their masks, just as Disco Stu and “Bleeding Gums” Murphy help me explain what music means to me.  This poetry manuscript is the most autobiographical thing I’ve ever written.

BS: Finally, I’d like to address some of the poems from your Greatest Hits chapbook (Pudding House Publications, 2010), part of a series of similar collected works by other poets. I sense that this book likely contains poems from the three other chapbooks and also three other full collections of poetry you’d published before its publication in 2010. This book is an eclectic mix of free-verse, narrative, and prose poetry dealing with various concrete experiences. Despite their differences I see in these poems a serious seeking for personal truths, and a tenacious humor for both love and life, through elated heights and sickening lows. Talk to us about balancing joy and darkness as a seeker/poet.

TH:  A lot of young poets only write when they’re angsty or depressed.  I write when I’m anxious and depressed too, but poetry can express other moods as well.  Read the great Romantic odes or the playful poems of someone like Thomas Lux, David Kirby, or Denise Duhamel.

Tom’s Bio:

Tom C. Hunley is an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University and the director of Steel Toe Books.  He is the author of three full-length poetry collections, two textbooks, and six chapbooks.  He is the co-editor, with Alexandria Peary, of Creative Writing Studies: A Guide to Its Pedagogies, which is forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press.  He has also written for a variety of literary publications such as TriQuarterly, New York Quarterly, Five Points, The Writer, North American Review, New Orleans Review, Rattle, Exquisite Corpse, Verse DailyThe Writer’s Chronicle, Atlanta Review and Poetry Daily.  His poems have been featured several times on Garrison Keillor’s NPR program, The Writer’s Almanac.  In addition to writing his own poetry and prose, he is the book review editor for Poemeleon and the director/founder of Steel Toe Books.  He and his wife, Ralaina, have been married since 1996, and they have three sons.  In his spare time he enjoys playing bass guitar and drums.  He divides his time between Kansas and Oz.

Whiskey poet Ian Girdley Tomorrow @Decca!

Subterranean Phrases May will feature Ian “Whiskey Poet” Girdley with Mark Hamilton (Billy Goat Strut Revue) and Lee Puckett (Funk Bucket) providing musical grounding @Decca (812 e. market) 8pm Tomorrow (5/8).
Ian’s first physical book, “Collecting the Girl” was just finished in April.

free e-books and loose poems here!