Ready or Not, Here comes the LOVE WXOX

Join ART FM to Flip the Switch &
Begin Broadcasting on the FM Dial!wXoXReMixGray8

A new kind of radio station is hitting Louisville’s FM dial. ART FM has been feeling the love since receiving the WXOX call letters in 2015 and now the time has come to flip the switch on our FM transmitter!

On February 14th 2016 at 3:33pm ART FM will begin 24/7 broadcasting on the terrestrial dial at 97.1 FM. We invite you to our new studio in the SoBro neighborhood at 515 West Breckinridge Street to share this momentous occasion with us. The launch event will kick off at 2:00 p.m. with music and feature performances from some of ART FM’s talented pool of DJ’s.

WXOX 97.1 FM Signal Launch
Sunday, February 14th 2016
2:00 p.m.
We Flip the Switch @ 3:33 p.m.
515 W. Breckinridge St.

Keep Louisville Literary Radio hour is now Tuesdays at 9am

February 16th : Merle Bachman

February 23: ROOTS & WINGS

 

THE WANDERLUST WINTER GUIDE:
INKY AT THE The Bard’s Town
With NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK author Samrat Upadhyay, Kathleen Driskell, Carrie Jerrell, and Special Guest, Jeremy Paden

Also, be sure to sign up for the Writing Workshop, “Is My Poem Finished?”, led by Lynnell Edwards. It will be held on Saturday, February 13th, from 9:30 to 12:00 at Spalding University.

Samrat Upadhyay is the author of Arresting God in Kathmandu, a Whiting Award winner; The Royal Ghosts, which won the Asian American Literary Award; The Guru of Love, a New York Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year; and Buddha’s Orphans, a novel. His work has been translated into several languages. He has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on BBC Radio and National Public Radio. A recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship in 2015, Upadhyay is the Martha C. Kraft Professor of Humanities at Indiana University. His most recent novel, The City Son, was shortlisted for the PEN Open Book Award.

Kathleen Driskell is an award-winning poet and teacher. Her newest poetry collection is Next Door to the Dead, a Kentucky Voices Selection, published by The University Press of Kentucky (June 2015). Her full-length poetry collectionSeed Across Snow (Red Hen, 2009) was listed as a national bestseller by the Poetry Foundation. Red Hen Press will publish her collection Blue Etiquette in Fall 2016.

Her poems have appeared in many nationally known literary journals including the Southern Review, North American Review, Shenandoah, and Rattle and are featured online on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and in American Life in Poetry. Her work has been anthologized in What Comes Down to Us: 20 Contemporary Kentucky Poets and The Kentucky Anthology.

Kathleen is professor of Creative Writing at Spalding University, where she also helps to direct the low-residency MFA in Writing Program. An Al Smith Fellow of the Kentucky Arts Council, Kathleen lives with her family in an old country church built before the Civil War.

Carrie Jerrell is the author of After the Revival, winner of the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and published by Waywiser Press. Carrie received her M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and her Ph.D. in English from Texas Tech University. She is an Associate Professor at Murray State University in Murray, KY, where she also coordinates the undergraduate creative writing program and teaches in the low-residency MFA program. She has been an artist-in-residence with the National Park Service and a recipient of grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Kentucky Arts Council.

Jericho Brown+InKY @ the Local Speed + LLA workshop + The radio hour gets a new time slot

Jericho Brown, one of five winners of the 80th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, a juried prize that recognizes how literature can advance ideas about race, culture, ethnicity and shared humanity, will be visiting Louisville this week. He will be visiting Central High School for a lecture and Master Class with creative writing students and teachers. Then Mr. Brown will kick off the first InKY of the season with Louisville novelist, Kirby Gann.

The InKY reading series usually takes place at The Bardstown, but will be at the Local Speed for this round to accommodate a larger crowd.  There will be no open mic.

The Local Speed is located at 822 E. Market Street.

January 8th     7-9 pm

Jericho Brown’s website HERE

Kirby Gann’s website HERE 

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Saturday, January 9th

From the Louisville Literary Arts

Sign up for a query letter workshop on Saturday, January 9, from 9:30 to 11:30 at PYRO Gallery

“Mastering Your Query,” will be an informative, participative and productive query-letter workshop with literary agent, Alice Speilburg. Alice will discuss the structure of a query letter, tricks to improve it and tactics to avoid. Group members will write (or revise) a query letter for a book, and will receive in-class instruction and peer critiques. The goal of this workshop is to help participants create a polished query letter they’ll be proud to send to agents and publishers.

Thanks to our artist friends at PYRO Gallery, at 909 E. Market Street, for loaning their creative space for this LLA workshop.

Pre-registration is required for this workshop— $30 per person. Pay by credit card. Or, send a check to Louisville Literary Arts at 1860 Mellwood Ave, Studio 123, Louisville, KY 40206

Alice is a literary agent at Speilburg Literary Agency and has worked in publishing since 2008. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators, and she is a board member of Louisville Literary Arts. She is currently building her client list and represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction. For more information, please visit her website: or connect with her on Twitter @AliceNicoleH.

And Finally, The Keep Louisville Literary radio hour on artxfm.com has moved to a new time slot starting this Tuesday, 9am

for now keep dialing into the website. but oh so soon will we hit your car radio on 97.1 WXOX

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New Fiction by Ed Hamilton @ Carmichael’s + INKY + Writer’s BLock = consider your week booked

“In seven stories and a novella, Ed Hamilton takes on this clash of cultures between the old and the new, as his characters are forced to confront their own obsolescence in the face of a rapidly surging capitalist juggernaut. Ranging over the whole panorama of New York neighborhoods—from the East Village to Hell’s Kitchen, and from the Bowery to Washington Heights—Hamilton weaves a spellbinding web of urban mythology. Punks, hippies, beatniks, squatters, junkies, derelicts, and anarchists—the entire pantheon of urban demigods— gambol through a grungy subterranean Elysium of dive bars, cheap diners, flophouses, and shooting galleries, searching for meaning and a place to make their stand.”

“Greg had started his shop, the aptly named Fat Hippie Books, in the mid-eighties on a burned-out block of New York’s East Village. The shop was around the corner from the famous punk venue CBGB and the former office of the Yipster Times. When he moved in, the store was right across the street from a rubble-strewn lot where junkies shot up. Now, in 2004, there was a brand new condo building there. The neighborhood had gentrified, but the bookstore remained the same: aged tomes spilling off the sagging wooden shelves onto unstable piles rising up from the creaking floor. And when the door popped open with a clatter of bells, plate glass, old boards and rusty hinges, a gust of wind might set the dust to swirling, some of the same dust maybe as back in the eighties, and patrons would catch a whiff of that unmistakable used bookstore smell. And these patrons, each of that furtive, clandestine race who frequent such places, would feel that familiar tingle of recognition deep in their brain stems that told them instinctively what this place was about: the preservation of knowledge, the suspension of time.” — From The Chintz Age

unnamed2     Ed Hamilton will discuss his writhing on the radio hour on Artxfm.com at 1pm Thursday, November, 12  You can hear him read live in person later the same evening at Carmichael’s Books on Frankfort Ave, 7pm

Event date:
Thursday, November 12, 2015 – 7:00pm
Event address:
2720 Frankfort Ave
LouisvilleKY 40206

Born in Atlanta, GA, writer, journalist and blogger Ed Hamilton grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. He has a master’s degree in philosophy and a bachelor’s in psychology. The author of Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with the Artists and Outlaws of New York’s Rebel Mecca (Da Capo, 2007), Hamilton’s fiction and non-fiction have also appeared in dozens of small journals, magazines, and newspapers, both on-line and off. In 2005, together with his wife, Debbie Martin, Hamilton founded “Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea” Blog, the world’s first hotel blog. In 2007, developers took over Hamilton’s beloved Chelsea Hotel, intent on gutting the iconic building and evicting its artistic residents. Hamilton, together with a small group of other tenants who became his friends, devoted the next few years of his life to fighting for the continued existence of one of the last outposts of bohemia in Manhattan. As of this writing, Hamilton is still living at the Chelsea Hotel. Please join us for a reading and book signing of his newest work, The Chintz Age: Tales of Love and Loss for a New New York.


Also this week:  InKy kicks off the 5th Annual Writers Block, curated by the Louisville Literary Arts 
If you have yet to register for a workshop there are a few spots left !
F R I D A Y ———– I N K Y 
Friday, October 13 , 2015
7 p.m. at the The Bard’s Town
Free and Open to the Public
Open-mic sign-ups will begin at 6:45

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.

Danielle Dutton’s  fiction has appeared in magazines such as Harper’s, BOMB, Fence, and Noon. She is the author of a collection of prose pieces, Attempts at a Life, and a novel, SPRAW L, which was a finalist for the Believer Book Award. In 2015, Siglio Press released Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera, an artist’s book with texts by Dutton and images by Richard Kraft. In 2016, Catapult will publish her novel Margaret the First, about the life of the seventeenth-century writer Margaret Cavendish. She teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Washington University, and in 2010, Dutton founded the small press Dorothy, a publishing project.

Bobbi Buchanan  is founding editor of New Southerner Magazine, an online journal focusing on self-sufficiency, environmental stewardship and local economies. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Louisville Review, GreenPrints, New Madrid and other publications. She received the 2007 Emerging Writers Award in Nonfiction from the Southern Women Writers Conference at Berry College.


The Keynote Reader is Pulitzer Prize winner, Adam Johnson

We are pleased to announce our festival keynote reader, presented by the University of Louisville’s Anne and William Axton Reading Series.  Adam Johnson has received many awards for his novels and short stories.  He is a professor of English at Stanford University and a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, Playboy, GQ, Paris Review, Granta, Tin House and Best American Short Stories. He is the author of Emporium, a short-story collection, as well as the novels Parasites Like Us and The Orphan Master’s Son, for which he won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Johnson’s latest story collection is Interesting Facts, published by Random House.  Mr. Johnson has recently been named a finalist for the NationalBook Award for his most recent book, Fortune Smiles, 
  
The reading, Q & A and book signings are from 5 to 7 PM. 
This event is open to the public at no cost. First come, first seated!
Read a brief review of Orphan Master’s Son by one of LLA’s board members

Announcing a WB Festival Afterparty

featuring the Literary Death Match!

After a day of  conversation, inspiration education and enlightenment, there will be a raucous afterparty—a spirited literary competition. Celebrity writers will “compete” in this  ticketed emceed performance at The Haymarket Whiskey Bar

Literary Death Match has been performed  in 57 cities worldwide.  The LA Times has called it “the most entertaining reading series ever.”

This Literary Death Match Louisville debut features emcee Adrian Todd Zuniga, who will lead this performance, which brings four authors together to read their most electric writing for seven minutes before a panel of three local celebrity judges. After each pair of readers, the judges in three categories—literary merit, performance and intangibles—take turns sharing astute, often hilarious off-the-wall commentary. The judges confer and select their two favorites to advance to the finals. The two finalists then compete in avaguely literary competition to determine who takes home the Literary Death Match crown.  

The Judges!

  • Erin Keane, poet, critic, journalist and author of Demolition of the Promised Land

  • Gill Holland, film producer, Green Builidng & Nulu developer, and Louisville Magazine’s 2009 Person of the Year.

  • Crystal Wilkinson, author of Blackberries, Blackberries and founder of Affrilachian Poets 

The Writers!

  • Hannah Pittard, award-winning author of Reunion and The Fates Will Find Their Way

  • Gabe Tomlin, Generation iSpeak featured poet

  • Ryan Ridge, author of American Homes, Hunters & Gamblers, and Ox 

  • Will Lavender, author of Obedience, a New York Times and international bestseller, and Dominance

Time:  7:30 to 10 PM

Place:  The Haymarket Whiskey Bar in downtown Louisville, KY

Cost:   $10 in advance and $12 at the door  

Purchase your tickets now!

INKY+AXTON SERIES+LANCE G>NEWMAN on the radio hour [2.12.15]

The spring season of the Axton Reading Series kicks off this Thursday, 3pm, at the University of Louisville.

Sayed Kashua is the author of three novels: Dancing Arabs, Let it Be Morning and Person Singular, winner of the Berstein Prize. Kashua also writes a satirical weekly column in Hebrew for the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz. In a humorous, tongue-in-cheek style, Kashua addresses the problems faced by Arabs in Israel, caught between two worlds. He is the writer and creator of the hit Israeli TV show Arab Labor(Avoda Aravit), now in its third season. In 2004 Kashua was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize in Literature. He is also the subject of the documentary Forever Scared.

Kashua’s presentation at UofL is entitled “The Foreign Mother Tongue: Living and Writing as a Palestinian in Israel.” His visit is co-sponsored by the Program in Judaic Studies in the Division of Humanities.

Presentation: Thursday, 2/12, 3:00PM-5:00PM, Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library

Master Class: Friday, 2/13, 10:00Am-Noon, Bingham Humanities 300



Lynn MelnickDeborah Bernhardt, and Jeremy Clark read for the InKY Reading Series this Friday the 13th (sponsored by Louisville Literary Arts) at The Bard’s Town, beginning 7 pm.

LYNN MELNICK is the author of If I Should Say I Have Hope (YesYes Books, 2012) and the co-editor, with Brett Fletcher Lauer, of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation (Viking, 2015). Her poetry has appeared in The New Republic, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and elsewhere. Her fiction has appeared in Opium and Forklift, Ohio and she has written essays and book reviews for Boston Review, Coldfront, LA Review of Books, and Poetry Daily, among others.

DEBORAH BERNHARDT is the author of Driftology (New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM, 2013) and Echolalia (Four Way Books, 2006). Her poetry has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, columbia poetry review, Court Green, Cue, Fence, Free Verse, New American Writing, The Offending Adam, Trickhouse, TYPO, Verse Daily, Volt, and elsewhere.

JEREMY CLARK was born and raised west of the 9th Street Divide. 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.


Thursday, on the radio hour on artxfm.com, I’ll be chatting with Lance G. Newman, 1pm EST

Lance G. Newman, also known as Mr. SpreadtheLove. is a poet, spoken word artist, instructor, community advocate, and performance art host who has been working diligently at receiving grants for his community project: SpreadLovEnterprise. He hosts workshops and events for healing and creativity:

Poetry Workshops!!!

SpreadLove
Resource
Center…
Educational Articles
Blog Talk
Word Play (Activities)
& More!!!

WHY & HOW…

“Children and adults alike enthusiastically embrace poetry through SpreadLove poetry workshops. Dissecting both written & oral tradition Mr. SpreadLove, Lance G Newman II, instructors his students to read and write poetry with a greater understanding of poetical devices.

Exploration of poetical devices such as: wordplay, alliteration, personification, metaphors, satire among many other techniques are used to compose original works.  After participants compose their written poetry they are able to learn memorization and stage presence techniques.

Spoken-word poetry derives from folklore which is the art of storytelling. Not only has humanity’s history been vividly recorded by such method but challenging qualms and also affirmations of hope. Spreadlove is certain that you have a story to share.”

Tune in to artFm on Thursday at 1pm to hear about the status on the grant proposal, some spoken word pieces, and how he’s keeping louisville Literary.

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

Portland Poetry Series and InKY: This Friday Dec, 12 ++ Party with ArtFM on Saturday!

FRIENDS & FANS OF ARTxFM ~

On October 10, 2014 the Federal Communications Commission awarded a Construction Permit to  ART FM, Inc. for the development of a new broadcast station. Our assigned frequency is 97.1 FM and we will soon be audible over the air in Louisville, Kentucky U.S.A.

We are beyond thrilled by this exciting opportunity for our nonprofit radio station.   While we are have been amazed by the power of online broadcasting to carry our voices around the world, we look forward to the ease and accessibility with which FM transmission will connect us with our local community.

ARTxFM will soon be the first terrestrial radio station in America committed to providing contemporary artists access to the airwaves for creative and experimental use.  There are still many steps we must take, however, before launching our FM signal.  Soon we will be selecting and installing our transmitter, hoisting our antenna, and conducting engineering tests to assure the Federal Government that we are in compliance with all broadcasting regulations.  Once we do so, the FCC will issue our FM License and we will be free to broadcast around the clock on 97.1 in Louisville.

To reach this stage quickly we need the support of our community.  We anticipate fundraising events over the next few months and we hope you will participate in the tower raising. This foundational period is an exciting time to get involved with our broadcasting project and become a member of ARTxFM.  You can learn more about these opportunities through our website:  http://www.artxfm.com/membership/

As we move toward the FM dial, expect the same great ARTxFM programming now enjoyed online to continue uninterrupted.  We are so proud of all of our DJs and have great confidence in each of their unique shows.  While we have been impatient for the grant of our FM Permit, we are thankful that the past two years of online broadcasting have provided us with the tools and experience necessary to bring our station confidently into the Big Time.

After such work and such a very long wait, it is still completely unbelievable that we have our own FM signal!!!   We are extremely grateful to the FCC and to everyone who worked hard to make this happen.

From idea to reality ARTxFM Board Members Tim Barnes, John Begley, Kyle Anne Citrynell, Margue Esrock, Mathias Kolehmainen, Leslie Millar, John Papanek, and Anna Tatman have steered our nonprofit organization from its inception to this very exciting historical moment.  Our FM application could not have been completed without assistance of our Engineers and FCC Advisers Michi Bradley of RecNet, Will Floyd of the Prometheus Radio Project, and Todd Urich, Jeff Shaw and Clay Leander of Common Frequency.  We are deeply grateful to Sound Technicians Sean Selby, Brian McMahan, and Norman Stockwell who got our station online and keep it sounding so good.  Their talent and humility is startling.  Heartfelt appreciation also goes the many talented DJs that bring the station to life each day with their music, their ideas, and their diversity.  We are so thankful also for our dedicated listeners and supporters, especially those of you who have believed in us since the beginning, and those of you who stream us in everyday.  You are AMAZING and ARTxFM would be nothing without you.

Thank you all and congratulations.  97.1 FM Louisville.  This great accomplishment is yours.

Sincerely,
Sharon

 

Two Events this Friday, Dec. 12 :

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On Friday, December 12th join Louisville Literary Arts for InKY at the Bard’s Town, at 1801 Bardstown Road, for an evening of literary entertainment. One note, Richard Taylor has unexpectedly had to cancel.
– OPEN MIC
– FEATURED InKY readers, poet, Makalani Bandele, fiction by Martha Greenwald and poetry by special guest, Marie Coma.
– Open Mic sign-ups begin at 6:45, and the Open Mic reading will begin at exactly 7 PM.
Makalani Bandele is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem fellow, his work is forthcoming or can be found in print or online in literary magazines and journals such as Sou’wester, Barely South Review, The New Sound, Louisville Review, The Platte Valley Review, and Prime Number Magazine. He is a 2012 and 2013 Pushcart prize nominee, Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize and Literary LEO 1st Prize in Poetry winner. Hellfightin’, published by Willow Books in 2011, is his first full-length book of poems.
Martha Greenwald’s collection of poems, Other Prohibited Items, was the winner of the 2010 Mississippi Review Poetry Series. Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Slate, Poetry, Best New Poets, The Sycamore Review, Shenandoah, and many other journals. She has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford and been awarded scholarships from both the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences. Greenwald has also held an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. Works in progress include Shivah Bullies, a memoir, and Well, Bless His Heart, a collection of short fiction. She has taught in the English Department at the University of Louisville since 1999.
Marie Coma is a writer, painter, and yoga teacherss. She is interested in expanding consciousness through meditation and creative practices. She lives with her husband, Kyle, who is also a writer, and their 3 giant, Buddha-like black and white cats.

 

Portland Poetry Series https://www.facebook.com/events/345193358996257/

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Join us for a night of poetry. The cast in this troupe come from all reaches and walks of life. They promise to climb treehouses, build model airplanes, hole up in tenements in cold cities, and drink cheap brandy on street corners with you through the course of the night.

Aside from our featured poets there will be a “Reading from the Canon” to acknowledge we are always standing on the shoulders of giants. There will also be three 5 minute open mic slots. These three poets will be competing for a spot as a featured poet in a future Portland Poetry Series event.

Light snack options will be provided by Gumby’s Specialty Catering.

Sheri Wright, Dr. Yoshev Omed, Tyler Curth, Chelsea Tadeyeske, & Edwin R. Perry are our featured guests.

Two-time Pushcart Prize and Kentucky Poet Laureate nominee, Sheri L. Wright is the author of six books of poetry, including the most recent, The Feast of Erasure.
Wright’s visual work has appeared in numerous journals, including Blood Orange Review, Prick of the Spindle, Blood Lotus Journal and Subliminal Interiors. In 2012, Ms. Wright was a contributer to the Sister Cities Project Lvlds: Creatively Linking Leeds and Louisville. Her photography has been shown across the Ohio Valley region and abroad. Currently, she is working on her first documentary film, Tracking Fire.

Dr. Yoshev Omed is an albino dwarf of Greenland Inuit and Norwergian descent who was adopted by Hasidic Jews as a child and raised in Montreal, Quebec. Multilingual, he is fluent in English, French, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and Esperanto. A Talmudic scholar and an acknowledged expert in Medieval Scholastic Philosophy, Dr. Omed is the author of The Atheist Qaballah.

Tyler Curth is a senior in Spalding University’s BFA in creative writing program. He won second prize in Sarabande Books’ Flo Gault Poetry Competition and was an ESU scholar to study at Oxford University’s 2013 Creative Writing Summer School. His work has appeared in 94 Creations and Word Hotel.

Chelsea Tadeyeske is the author of the chapbooks HEELDRAGGER (plumberries press, 2012) and TOTEM (plumberries press, 2013), co-author with Cynthia Spencer of THERE EXISTS…(plumberries press, 2012), proprietress of pitymilk press (pitymilkpress.wordpresss.com), and co-organizer of the Midwest Small Press Festival. Her work has been published in places such as Everyday Genius, Burdock Magazine, OxMag, Drupe Fruits, Humble Humdrum Cotton Frock, and others. She is currently pursuing her MA in poetry at Miami University in Oxford, OH.

Edwin R. Perry is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and community organizer from the midwest. he is the founding editor of plumberries press and his work has appeared in such places as Sawbuck, Cannot Exist, Burdock and others.

 

Contact me for bookings on the radio hour at keeplouisvilleliterary@yahoo.com

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.