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 She then went on writing more unpublished novels, honing her craft so to speak.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/

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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.

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Four events this Friday. FOUR. How will you choose? Also this week: Subterranean Phrases and Cynthia Arrieu-King on the radio hour [8.14.14]

You read it correctly, that’s right, there are four readings in this city on Friday August 15th, FOUR.  How will you choose?  By venue?  Proximity to home? Best chance to get some time on the mic? Potential after party? You could choose by the scheduled feature reading or the host.  Coffee shop or bar?  Tacos?  Money?

Overwhelmed yet?  Let me help you break it down.

 

The new guyNight of the Chupacabra hosted by John Beechem, KeepLouLit former co-host and editor of AmericanFantastic.com 

Venue: Taco Punk [736 e market]  –that’s right, ‘Tacos?’ was not just an attention grabbing ploy, this is actually happening.

Featured sets: Words-John Beechem, Music-Maplex Monk with Dr. Rockwell & DJ Mythos of artxFM.com

Open Mic: Yes

After Party: Yes

Bonus Features: art for sale to benefit American Fantastic (and the artists, of course)

Friday August 15, 6-9 pm —EVENT PAGE nightofthechupacabra

The Cash $$ giveaway: Homegrown Music, Art, and Spoken Word, hosted by Bobbi Buchanan, editor of the New Sou:herner, and Austin Whitely

Venue: Cedar Grove Coffee House, 142 Buffalo Run Road, Shepardsville, KY

Featured sets: Words- Lance Newman & Music- David A. Patrick

Open Mic: Yes, get there early bc this place is always packed.

After Party: No

Bonus Featuressign up for the open mic, stay within the time, and you’re eligible to win Cash $25

Friday, August 15, 6-8pm–EVENT PAGE

Welcome Back: Speak Social hosted by John James, Assistant Poetry Editor at Phantom Limb Press and Adjunct Professor at Bellarmine University, & Sarah Maddix 

Venue: Seidenfaden’s 1134 e Breckenridge Ln 

(Formerly this event was at Java on Bardstown Rd)

Featured Sets Cynthia Arrieu-King, all the way from Philadelphia; Eric Scott Sutherland, from Lexington; and Louisville’s own Marie Coma-Thompson 

Open Mic: no

After Party: In the past, John and Sarah have hosted an after party. They’re parents now, so to my knowledge, no. However, This event takes place at a bar, so party on, Garth, party on.

Bonus Features: I’ll be chatting with CYNTHIA ARRIEU-KING on the radio hour Thursday on artFM, 1pm. Cindy teaches at Stockton College in New Jersey and is a former Kundiman fellow. Her books are People are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus Books 2010) and Manifest (Switchback Books 2013). She is a community and educational advocate for poetry through the Dodge Foundation teacher meetings. Her interviews with contemporary poets can be heard on The Conversant, part of The Volta on-line Magazine. Her poems will appear this year in Fence, The Kenyon Review, and Sink Review. She feels like a citizen of the planet and enjoys the connections between major religions and all that unless you ask where she’s from and she’ll say Louisville, Kentucky and from then on, will never let you forget that it is the best place on earth.

Friday, August 15, 7:30–EVENT PAGE 

Under the radar: Charles Dodd White, who’s judging New Southerner’s fiction contest this year, will be in Kentucky this weekend reading from his new novel. You can catch him in Louisville at Carmichael’s this Friday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. or in Lexington at the Morris Bookshop on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m.

I haven’t seen an event page for this and wouldn’t have known of it’s existence had the New Southerner not made a post.  I’m assuming you need to go to the Carmichael’s on Frankfort ave for this one.

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I know Friday night is a great night to go out and maybe that’s why all of these hosts have chosen the same day of the month, but there is NO way you can attend all of these event’s, you’ll have to choose, unfortunately.  To ease the pain, you can attend Subterranean Phrases on Wednesday to double down on readings this week.

Hump Day: Subterranean Phrases hosted by Rachel Short 

Venue: Decca cellar lounge. 812 e. Market st. 

Featured Set: Tony Brewer and his performance troop from Bloomington presenting a radio adaptation of William S. Burroughs, A Junky’s Christmas.  Opening- Leesa Cross-Smith, reading from ‘Every Kiss A War’

Open Mic: Yes 

After Party: not planned 

Bonus Features: Shakespeares Monkey, performance troop from Evansville

Wednesday, August 13, 8p (doors) —EVENT PAGE

 

 thanks for tuning in and 

write on,

Rachel 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday [6.12.14] Tony Acree on the Keep Louisville Literary radio hour on ArtFM + the weeks events

Thursday at 1pm EST on artxfm.com, I’ll be chatting with Tony Acree about thrilling fiction, character development, and barely getting out alive. He’ll read excerpts from his recent thriller, The Watchers, and from his previous best selling novel, The Hand of God. 

Amazon bestselling author, Tony Acree,likes putting characters in situations they think they will never survive, and find out if they’re right. He lives near Goshen, Kentucky with his wife, twin daughters, two female dogs, a female cat, and says the way the goldfish looks at him, he’s sure she’s female, too.
His work has appeared in Kentucky Monthly Magazine as well as The Cumberland, the state wide newspaper of the Sierra Club. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers and the Green River Writers.

His debut novel, The Hand of God, was Hydra Publications number one best seller for 2013 as well as an Amazon best seller. His current thriller, The Watchers, was released in May of 2014.

His website is Tonyacree.com and can be found on Twitter @Tonyacree. 
 
 
Format:Kindle Edition
Don’t let the title fool you, this is not your average book about God. If I had to give it a genre, I’d call it paranormal crime noir, ala Elvis Cole novels with a twist.

I was happily surprised from the first page, and laughed my way through the rest. This first effort from author Tony Acree is a hit.

The description on Amazon doesn’t even hint at the fun I had reading this novel. At one point, I actually stopped reading, so I could send a “shout out” Tweet to the author. I’m looking forward to his next installment.

 
 
Also this week:
Wednesday [6.11.14] Subterranean Phrases with Mark Webb and Ut Gret 
Decca, cellar lounge, 812 E market St, 8pm
 
Mark Webb is the editor of A Narrow Fellow and poet of two recently penned full length books, The Weight of Paper,  available on Amazon.com and Whateverits up for pre-order through Finishing Line press. 
Subterranean Phrases’ featured writers are backed by improvisational musicians. Limited open mic slots.  
 
Thursday [6.12.14]
Douglas Lucas and Yoko Molotov ‘s new book
“__________”

They are 10$ and there is a limited 20 print run.

Also,
Fluxus themed acts by
Cher Koeune
Thaniel Ion Lee
Mu and Harpy ( Yoko Molotov )

Free show besides that
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO WEAR WHITE. 
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE 
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE NOTHING

 
Friday [6.13.14] 
Join us in the speakeasy for an evening of poetry & bourbon. Tasha CotterDerek Pollard, and Eric Scott Sutherland will be reading from their collections Some Churches, Inconsequentia, and pendulum.
 
 
write on,
Rachel 

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

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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.   

http://books.wwnorton.com/books/detail.aspx?ID=4294977436

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 

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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
http://www.artxfm.com

KLL Radio 8/17 with Local Author Nadeem Zeman

tomorrow 8/17 at 1pm I’m happy to welcome local author Nadeem Zeman to read some of his short fiction and talk about working at Carmichael’s books and attending UofL for graduate work in writing. Nadeem has a story forthcoming in a national journal and lots of stories to tell about local and visiting literary luminaries, so tune in tomorrow on http://www.artxfm.com !

Poet and WFPL Radio Personality Erin Keane on ARTxFM, 1pm Today!

(NOTE:   Keep Louisville Literary streams live on http://www.artxfm.com at 1pm Thursdays)

Hello readers,

Today I’ll welcome WFPL’s Erin Keane to the studio to discuss the show she recently produced: “Unbound: Ficiton on the Radio” in which authors like Brian Leung, Frank Bill, Silas House, Tessa Mellas, Claire Vaye Watkins and others read their stories in their own voices.

Erin is also a wonderful poet, and we will discuss her work past and present, including her new collection forthcoming from Typecast Publishing. As a preview, I’m linking this poet on poet interview we did last year. I say we because she literally turned the tables, hence the dual format. I hope you’ll tune in today to http://www.artxfm.com at 1pm to hear all about Erin’s new endeavors to Keep Louisville Literary!

Late June lit events in Louisville and Lexington!

Tonight 6/24 Sarabande hosts poet and Ball State prof Mark Neely, as well as Iowa MFA grad Lucas Mann. 7pm at hotel 21c on w. Main Street Louisville, KY. Music by Kirby Gann and Patrick Donley to start

Wednesday 6/26th Holler poets welcomes Tasha Cotter and Sean Patrick Hill to Al’s Bar in Lexington, KY at 8pm. Open mic to start with sign ups at 7pm. Music by Cabrew

Sunday 7/30 Stone Soup will be for the first and only time an all open mic event. 12 spots 5pm (signs up at 4 or 4:30) at The Bards Town 1801 Bardstown Rd louisville, KY 40205

The sMarch weather isn’t so lousy, and neither are the literary events

You (and I) may have missed InKY, and Speak Social may be taking the month off, but you need not despair, there are still a few literary events still going on in and around Louisville. They will, obviously, not coincide (where avoidable) with the NCAA schedule.

TOMORROW, March 13th at 9pm. Join Rachel Short and crew in Decca’s swank stone cellar/lounge for Subterranean Phrases! This month’s reader is Thomas Olges, local teacher, poet, satirist and fiction writer. I personally guarantee evocative, weird, uncomfortably poignant satire/thematic out of this guy. He’ll be accompanied by Ryan Conroy on various instruments.

March 21. Render After Party: A Benefit for Holler Poets Series (will follow Rebecca Gayle Howell’s official release of “Render / An Apocolypse” winner of the 2012 Cleveland State University First Book Prize, selected and with a foreword by Nick Flynn, at the Carnegie Center for Literacy)
Music by Matt Duncan with guest appearances from Katerina Stoykova- Klemer, Eric Scott Sutherland, Maurice Manning, and Marianne Worthington. 9:00 p.m. | Al’s Bar, 601 North Limestone Street $5 cover & donations accepted to benefit The Holler Poets Series.

March 27th, Holler returns for its 58th installment. Tina Andry (celebrating the release of Ransom Notes from Accents Publishing), and Jeremy Paden (celebrating the release of Broken Tulips, also from Accents) will read; Chris Sullivan will play some Tunes. As always, Holler gets loud at Al’s Bar in Lexington.

Stone Soup didn’t want to compete with chocolate…I mean Jesus…so there will be no Stone Soup for Easter. In April, Jimmy will welcome Divinity Rose, Norman Buzz Minnick, and Jay Sizemore.

There are also several author signings and readings at Carmichael’s Bookstore, which I will “share” on FB.

Enjoy the Madness and the (slowly improving) weather!

Louisville & Lexington Literary Events for February, 2013

note: ALL OF THESE EVENTS INCLUDE OPEN MIC OPPORTUNITIES.

Show up early, sign-up, share your work and become part of the literary community!

(TOMORROW) Feb 12th The Kentucky Great Writer’s Series @ Carnegie Center for Literacy. David King, National Bestselling Author of “Death in the City of Light”. George Ella Lyon, National Award Winning writer of “Holding On to Zoe”. Will Lavender, New York Times & International Bestselling Author of “Dominance”. 7pm

Feb 13th Subterranean Phrases feat. performance poetry troop: “Shakespeare’s Monkey” based in Evansville, IN: “This collection of Poets, Artists, and Musicians have been creating and performing together for over 20yrs. Lead by William Sovern, curator and host of the Poet House Emporium, this group has travelled far and wide; NYC, the beats live on.” @Decca (812 e. market, Lou, KY) in the downstairs lounge 9pm.

Feb. 20th Holler Poets #57 feat. Mischa Feigin and Matthew Haughton.Open-mic sign ups (1 poem please) at 7pm, event at 8pm. @ Al’s Bar of Lexington (601 N. Limestone)

Feb 22nd Speak Social with Matt Hart and Patrick Wensink 7:30PM  @ Java Bardstown (1707 Bardstown Rd. Lou, KY) p.s. Keep your eyes peeled for my interview with Matt Hart later this week!

Feb 24th Stone Soup with Angela Burton, Leigh Anne Hornfeldt, Matthew Haughton, And Robert L. Penick.         5:30pm @ The Bard’s Town (1801 Bardstown Rd. Lou, KY)