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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 

Subterranean Phrases with Tony Brewer and KLL radio hour with Kirsten Clodfelter

This week in Literary Louisville: 

Wednesday, May 14, 8pm in the cellar lounge of Decca Restaurant [812 e. Market] –Subterranean Phrases

Featuring Tony Brewer, Bloomington, IN and Paul Robey of Common Collective 

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Tony Brewer is a poet, spoken word performer, screenwriter, sound effects artist, and roller derby announcer from Bloomington, Indiana. He also is executive director of the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival; chairs the Writers Guild at Bloomington; and is one-quarter of the performance group Reservoir Dogwoods. He teaches and performs live sound effects at the HEAR Now Festival in Kansas City, and is the house sound effects artist for the Firehouse Follies live variety show on WFHB Community Radio. He has announced for Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby for 8 seasons, and he wrote and co-produced 8 Wheels of Death, the world’s first roller derby zombie romantic comedy. He has three books of poetry: The Great American Scapegoat, Little Glove in a Big Hand, and Hot Type Cold Read.

We had Tony on the radio hour awhile back and you can listen here: http://www.mixcloud.com/KeepLouisvilleLiterary/tony-brewer-on-kll-22024-poems-radio-plays-roller-derby-zombies

Host of Subterranean Phrases, Rachel Short, matches a musician with the writers to perform unrehearsed collaborations. Paul Robey of Common Collective will be providing the soundscape with Brewer’s words.  http://www.reverbnation.com/commoncollective 

There is also an open mic available and opening Set by Brian Manley, artFM local music director, and Douglas Lucas, Louisville Experimental Festival. 

 

Thursday on the Keep Louisville Literary radio hour on http://artxfm.com at 1pm EST, we’ll be chatting with Kirsten Clodfelter.

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Kirsten Clodfelter’s writing has been previously published in The Iowa ReviewBrevityNarrative MagazineGreen Mountains Review, The Good Men Project, and storySouth, among others and is forthcoming in ROAR Magazine. Her chapbook of war-impact stories, Casualties, was published last October by RopeWalk Press. Clodfelter is a regular contributor to As It Ought to Be, where she is also the Series Editor of the small-press review series, At the Margins. An Associate Editor of New American Press, Clodfelter lives in Southern Indiana with her partner and young daughter.

Tune in to hear live readings from previous work and upcoming projects along with Q&A with Host, Rachel Short. 

 

Have you gone Homegrown?

I haven’t yet figured out how to be at two places at the same time, and often, with all the creative happenings of Louisville, we have to choose. Last night was the inaugural Spalding MFA reading series at the Local Speed. I’m sure it was wonderful and filled with masterfully refined collections words. I’m sure it was quiet as a church with perfectly lined rows of chairs. I’m sure that inspiring poetic morsels of truth fell on receptive and eager ears. There is no doubt that the recipients of MFA degree’s from Spalding University are Keeping Louisville Literary.  For all of those reasons, I wish I could be in two places at once. 

Instead, I attended the ‘Homegrown Art, Music, and Spoken word’ hosted and curated by Bobbi Buchanan (also holds a MFA from Spalding) and Austin Whitely. They are keeping Louisville Literary in a different way. I arrived at 6pm with full intentions of signing up for the open mic and was met with a packed coffee house. Friday night–coffee house–packed.

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Chairs were brought in from outside, I waited in line for coffee that was 15 people deep, the baristas made smoothies in between sets, people played music in the parking lot due to a full open mic list.

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Every age bracket was represented, every generation alive.  I ordered my coffee and sat on the floor close to the stage area. The event is broken into 3 rounds: A song or poem by one of the hosts, 2-3 open mic participants, and then a featured performer. Entire families were there. A girl showed her visual art and explained why it was important to her.  The next performer was her father who played Ukelele and sang. A college student expressed his frustrations with media and encouraged people to turn off the television. A woman, there with three children, shared an uplifting parable coupled with a poem. Ron Whitehead performed a piece about all the influential talent that grows its roots right here in Louisville, KY.

In between rounds, Austin Whitley played original music with crunchy vocal chorus’, if I closed my eyes, I would swear I was sitting 5ft from Kurt Cobain, and smooth leading solos that showed the agility of a seasoned musician.  A Girl named Earl played dulcimer, washboard, and did spoken word (not at the same time.)  

The featured artists were Kevin DeVore and Jinn Bugg. Kevin played banjo and kazoo in a delightful bluegrass mixture of texture. Jinn Bugg had her art for sale and spoke about the cross germination of poetry and photography. The importance of perspective. [Keep Louisville Literary hopes to have Jinn on the radio hour with her 9 page essay on the subject in June.] 

 

Sometimes you have to choose. I may have missed the Spalding MFA reading series and it’s collective refinement, but what I witnessed was generations of budding artists witnessing the power of self expression. Teens, and children, grandmas, and families sharing truth about themselves and gaining lessons on how to refine ways to express themselves. Perspective. 

They’re on to something special in Bullit country. Keep it real, Austin and Bobbi. 

Thursday [4.17.14] on artxFM.com: David Grubbs discusses “Records Ruin the Landscape” with Keep Louisville Literary

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David Grubbs, an integral member of the Louisville music scene for decades with bands:Squirrel Bait Youth, Bastro, and Gastr Del Sol, went on to study music to the dissertation level and has since churned out a book integral to the music scene at large. 

“Records Ruin Landscapes” explores the life and death effects that the process of recording has on music.  From Cagean chance music, indeterminacy to popular forms, what does it mean to capture a single occurrence of a moment in time?  What affect does owning a hard copy have on how we listen and experience music?  What is gained and what is lost?  John Cage, from whom the title of the book is derived, hated the concept of recording, and felt it countered the entire purpose and philosophy of chance, indeterminacy, and the I-ching  from which the main body of his work was based.  Cage wasn’t alone, most avant-garde composers of the 60s and free-improv jazz musicians felt the same way: 

 an individual performance was unique and practically sacred — in free improvisation there is no “composition,” not even a loosely scored one — but preserving a live gig on tape permanently was tantamount to trapping a butterfly under glass, or worse. In Bailey’s words: “The point of a record is that you can play it again[…] It’ll all eventually become mood music, right?”

https://lareviewofbooks.org/review/performance-anxiety/

 

 

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Experimental music is alive and well in Louisville and many musicians and composers today take pre-recorded material and manipulate them in real time.  It seems that recording, after becoming so stylized in itself, is now coming full circle. One of my questions for David Grubbs tomorrow: Where do we go from here? 

 

Tune in to artxfm.com at 1pm EST to hear excerpts from the book, Q&A with Grubbs, and local experimental tracks.

David Grubbs will then be at Dreamland tomorrow evening to have an open discussion with Tim Barnes and play a solo set.  Tickets are avail: 

Thursday, April 17th
at DREAMLAND
7 PM Doors
$10 General Admission; Advance Online Tickets available here:http://www.ticketfly.com/event/530791-records-ruin-landscape-louisville/.
$35 VIP Admission (includes autographed copy of Records Ruin the Landscape plus reserved seating); Advance Online VIP Tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/530793-records-ruin-landscape-louisville/

http://dreamlandislouisville.org

 

Also Happening in Literary Louisville this week:

  Jeffersonville Township Public Library will be hosting an Author Fair on Thursday, April 17th from 3-7 p.m. to celebrate National Library Week. 35 authors will be in attendance selling/signing their work and undoubtedly fielding any intelligent questions. Those authors attending include New York Times best selling authors Karen Robards, Alanna Nash and Nancy Jensen, as well as several celebrated local authors, including Barry Bernson, John Boel, David Domine, Bob Hill, Fred Minnick, Susan Reigler, and Dale Moss. Help make this event a success by spreading the word and making an effort to attend.J

Come celebrate all things LOCAL. All ORIGINAL. All FREE. $25 Cash Giveaway

DOUBLE FEATURE!
**Music by Kevin DeVore**
**Art/Photography by Jinn Fuller Renfro**.

Music – Stories – Poems
Bring yours and get in on the act for a chance to win $25 cash!
Open Mic Signups: 6 p.m.