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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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. 

Literary Event and KLL radio!

Next weeks guest on Keep Louisville Literary (7-18 at 1p on ARTxFM) will be award winning poet and UK instructor Adam Day who’ll talk with us about his time in NYU’s MFA program in Creative Writing, and working toward a better literary community with Louisville Literary Arts!

July 19th from 6-8p Homegrown Art, Music and Spoken word will feature poet W. “Bill” Loren Smith. Event hosted by Bobbi Buchanan of the New Southerner journal. Cedar Grove Coffee House 142 Buffalo Run Rd. Shepardsville, KY

July 28th at 5:30p Stone Soup returns to The Bards Town (1801 Bardstown Rd. 40205) with poets Mark Webb, Devin Payne, and Robin Bensinger.

BOTH EVENTS BEGIN WITH AN OPEN MIC, sign ups 30min before show time.

Late June lit events in Louisville and Lexington!

Tonight 6/24 Sarabande hosts poet and Ball State prof Mark Neely, as well as Iowa MFA grad Lucas Mann. 7pm at hotel 21c on w. Main Street Louisville, KY. Music by Kirby Gann and Patrick Donley to start

Wednesday 6/26th Holler poets welcomes Tasha Cotter and Sean Patrick Hill to Al’s Bar in Lexington, KY at 8pm. Open mic to start with sign ups at 7pm. Music by Cabrew

Sunday 7/30 Stone Soup will be for the first and only time an all open mic event. 12 spots 5pm (signs up at 4 or 4:30) at The Bards Town 1801 Bardstown Rd louisville, KY 40205