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

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Steamboat Days are on the horizon. Meet the Kentuckiana Authors

The next two weeks I will be chatting with members of Kentuckiana Authors, an authors community for promotion and collaboration, organized by Atty Eve, on the radio hour.

Atty Eve was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Her family life was rough, with a religious mother and a short-tempered, alcoholic father. Her escape was reading,g writing, and music.  She received her first literary award in the fourth grade and her debut novel, My Beautiful Suicide, has been going strong.

She heads up Kentuckiana Authors which promotes authors and their work.  A busy task, with over 350 members.  Her next author promotion is the Writers Block in Jeffersonville’s Steamboat Days Festival.

STEAMBOAT DAYS  Oct. 17th – 19th

The Belle of Louisville, the oldest operating steamboat in the United States, will be celebrating a century of service in October, 2014. To celebrate this milestone, the Centennial Festival of Riverboats will take place from October 14-19, 2014 at Louisville’s Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville, attracting an estimated 300,000 visitors from around the world.  Numerous steamboats from around the country will be converging on the Ohio River for this celebration.  

The City of Jeffersonville is proud to be hosting Steamboat Days during Louisville’s Centennial Festival of Riverboats. The Big Four pedestian bridge will link both festivals together for a weekend full of activities.  In addition to Jeffersonville’s many shops and dining opportunities, Steamboat Days will feature a juried art village, live art demonstrations, live music on the Riverstage, a parade, and a kids fun zone.   

Wilhelmina Stolen is the pseudonym for romance writer, Shannon Hayes. Shannon is a native of Kentucky and makes her home in a small southern town close to the Tennessee line.
During her adolescence, her mother’s free spirited nature became restless causing the family to embark on a slew of adventurous moves across the country. The moves provoked a hunger for adventure and romance and introduced her to a wonderful world of history and beauty.
As with most writers, her stories began at an early age with long sessions of seclusion and secrecy. While her classmates and friends were outside playing, Shannon was locked away in her room hammering out ideas on an old 1940’s Royal typewriter.
After finding Mr. Right, Shannon found herself wanting the comfort and security of the small Kentucky town she longed to escape as a child. Fortune smiled upon her and she became the family historian; gathering pictures, wills, marriage certificates and everything else that somehow managed to fall into her lap. Stories flooded her mind and writing quickly became an obsession that turned into the Way of Hearts Saga.
The saga spans six generations and three families.

Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger’s Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya’s Song, was published in April 2012. The highly anticipated third book, Hearts in Exile, came out in June 2013. The Tallenmere series has been likened to Terry Goodkind’s ‘Sword of Truth’ series, but is probably closer to a spicy cross between Tolkien and Mercedes Lackey.

Mysti’s other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, and Christmas Lites II. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online magazine EveryDayFiction. She serves as a class mentor in Writers Village University’s seven week online course, F2K. Currently, she’s working on her first historical romance and has two children’s books in the hands of a hard-working agent.

When she’s not writing, Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for

Tune in October 9 and 16 to hear live readings and Q&A with these authors and more on artxfm.com at 1pm;

Check out the Steamboat Days in Jeffersonville, October 17-19

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Also THIS Friday: InKY

On Friday, October 10th join Louisville Literary Arts for InKY at the Bard’s Town, at 1801 Bardstown Road, for an evening of literary entertainment, including:
– OPEN MIC, SPECIAL GUEST, poet, Drew Pomeroy, and, FEATURED InKY readers, novelist, Allison Lynn and poet, Liegh Anne Hornfeldt.

Open Mic sign-ups begin at 6:45, and the Open Mic reading will begin at exactly 7 PM.

Allison Lynn is the author of the novels The Exiles (New Harvest/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013) and Now You See It (Simon & Schuster, 2004), which won the William Faulkner Medal from the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and the Chapter One Award from the Bronx Center for the Arts. Novelist Darin Strauss says The Exiles is “better about current-day New York — and the promise of the American world outside New York — than just about anything I can remember. If books teach you how to live, read The Exiles to learn how to be a new parent, a spouse, a human being. Just read it.”
In addition to her novels, Lynn has written articles, reviews, and essays for The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Sun-Times, People, and elsewhere. She teaches in the Creative Writing program at Butler University in Indianapolis, where she lives with her husband, the writer Michael Dahlie, and their son, Evan.

Leigh Anne Hornfeldt, a Kentucky native, is the author of East Main Aviary (Flutter Press, 2012), The Intimacy Archive (ELJ Publications, 2013) and the editor at Two of Cups Press. She is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, as well as the recipient of a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. In 2013 her poem “Laika” placed 2nd in the Argos Prize competition., and in 2012 she received the Kudzu Prize in Poetry. Her work has appeared in journals such as Spry, Lunch Ticket, Foundling Review, and The Journal of Kentucky Studies.

Drew Pomeroy was born and raised in Southwest Alabama and he can fake a variety of Southern accents at the drop of a hat. He now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, a different kind of South with really fancy horses and bourbon instead of pigs and cheap beer. He’s a dog lover, a poet, a boxer, and he thinks James Wright should be required reading for anyone hoping to write poetry. Drew holds a BA in History from Samford University and is a recent graduate of Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing program.