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 


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 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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This week: Sarah McCartt-Jackson on the radio hour. Spalding at the Speed. Imaginarium

This Thursday [9.18.14] on the radio hour on, I’ll be chatting with Sarah McCartt-Jackson.

“Kentucky poet, naturalist, and folklorist Sarah McCartt-Jackson has spent decades developing her craft, dedicating her art to exploring the natural and cultural world that encompasses all who share in planet life. Her poetry inspires others to connect, reflect, meditate, and act for the future of our ecosystems of all sizes: valley, prairie, forest, fern. Her poetry interprets scapes (landscape, homescape, culturescape) in both traditional and contemporary ways, exploring biological and cultural diversity, cultural history as embodied in tangible and intangible resources, and profound experience rooted in pleasure, sanctuary, and wilderness.

She was selected to serve as an artist-in-residence for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for its 2014-2015 season. Her poetry collections Children Born on the Wrong Side of the River (Finishing Line Press) and Vein of Stone (Porkbelly Press) are forthcoming (2014). She is owner and founder of Stonelight Studio, home of Apple Cider Vinegar Press.”

Featured Image from Sarah’s web-page


-Lauren Hunter-Smith- & -Sarah McCartt-Jackson-
“Self Portrait at Mammoth Cave.” SQecial Media Picture Poem Contest, First Prize. April (2014).
Exhibited at sQecial Media, Lexington, KY.


The Spalding at the Speed reading series’ first season concludes this Friday.

Local Speed 6p-7:15

“Join Spalding’s MFA in Writing program as we conclude the inaugural season of Spalding at the Speed: A Gathering of MFA and Community Writers in true gala style. MFA alum Michael Jackman showcases his musical talent to kick off the evening. In celebration of the season’s success, previously featured writers read favorite short excerpts from their readings. Featured September readers are poets Rae Cobbs, Karen George, and SueFeatured September readers are poets Rae Cobbs, Karen George, and Sue Driskell; novelist and nonfiction author David Dominé; and novelists Angela Jackson-Brown, K. Shaver, and Sena Jeter Naslund. The evening includes “Jump Start,” an open-mic session for 1- to 2-minute readings of works in progress. Attendees are invited to bring unfinished works to read.”

Also this weekend is the Imaginarium Conference 19-21st

Crowne Plaza Louisville

830 Phillips Ln, Louisville, Kentucky 40209