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 Callaloo, The 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  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.”