Mackenzie Berry + Young Poets of Louisville

Mackenzie Berry, a senior at duPont Manual High School, is Founder and Executive Director of Young Poets of Louisville, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a safe space for young people ages 13-19 to develop themselves through free writing workshops, youth poetry slams, and public readings. An alumnus of the Governor’s School for the Arts and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, she organized and won the Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council’s first ever Poetic Philanthropy Youth Slam held at the 21c Museum in May 2015. She was the Poet Laureate of Thrivals 8.0 of the Louisville Idea Festival and has been featured on NPR through a segment on Young Poets of Louisville. Mackenzie is currently working on a chapbook entitled “Child’s Play” and plans to create various bodies of work in time to come

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I will be interviewing Mackenzie on Tuesday at 9am on the radio hour: Keep Louisville Literary, 97.1 FM , WXOX  or live stream here 


The final slam in March will be held at the Speed Art Museum (2035 S. 3rd St.). The slams also feature a young guest artist in a supportive and artistic environment. Admission is $5.

  • Youth must be in high school or between the ages of
    13-19 in order to slam.
  • Each participant must sign up at least one day prior to the slam here.
  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
  • Those participating in the slam should arrive no later than 6:45 p.m.

The top three winners of each slam will be able to participate in the Young Poets Final Slam in March which will determine the six young people who make the team that is seeking to represent Louisville at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival this summer in Washington, D.C. from July 12th-16th.

You can find the Young Poets of Louisville’s website here

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Portland Poetry Series and InKY: This Friday Dec, 12 ++ Party with ArtFM on Saturday!

FRIENDS & FANS OF ARTxFM ~

On October 10, 2014 the Federal Communications Commission awarded a Construction Permit to  ART FM, Inc. for the development of a new broadcast station. Our assigned frequency is 97.1 FM and we will soon be audible over the air in Louisville, Kentucky U.S.A.

We are beyond thrilled by this exciting opportunity for our nonprofit radio station.   While we are have been amazed by the power of online broadcasting to carry our voices around the world, we look forward to the ease and accessibility with which FM transmission will connect us with our local community.

ARTxFM will soon be the first terrestrial radio station in America committed to providing contemporary artists access to the airwaves for creative and experimental use.  There are still many steps we must take, however, before launching our FM signal.  Soon we will be selecting and installing our transmitter, hoisting our antenna, and conducting engineering tests to assure the Federal Government that we are in compliance with all broadcasting regulations.  Once we do so, the FCC will issue our FM License and we will be free to broadcast around the clock on 97.1 in Louisville.

To reach this stage quickly we need the support of our community.  We anticipate fundraising events over the next few months and we hope you will participate in the tower raising. This foundational period is an exciting time to get involved with our broadcasting project and become a member of ARTxFM.  You can learn more about these opportunities through our website:  http://www.artxfm.com/membership/

As we move toward the FM dial, expect the same great ARTxFM programming now enjoyed online to continue uninterrupted.  We are so proud of all of our DJs and have great confidence in each of their unique shows.  While we have been impatient for the grant of our FM Permit, we are thankful that the past two years of online broadcasting have provided us with the tools and experience necessary to bring our station confidently into the Big Time.

After such work and such a very long wait, it is still completely unbelievable that we have our own FM signal!!!   We are extremely grateful to the FCC and to everyone who worked hard to make this happen.

From idea to reality ARTxFM Board Members Tim Barnes, John Begley, Kyle Anne Citrynell, Margue Esrock, Mathias Kolehmainen, Leslie Millar, John Papanek, and Anna Tatman have steered our nonprofit organization from its inception to this very exciting historical moment.  Our FM application could not have been completed without assistance of our Engineers and FCC Advisers Michi Bradley of RecNet, Will Floyd of the Prometheus Radio Project, and Todd Urich, Jeff Shaw and Clay Leander of Common Frequency.  We are deeply grateful to Sound Technicians Sean Selby, Brian McMahan, and Norman Stockwell who got our station online and keep it sounding so good.  Their talent and humility is startling.  Heartfelt appreciation also goes the many talented DJs that bring the station to life each day with their music, their ideas, and their diversity.  We are so thankful also for our dedicated listeners and supporters, especially those of you who have believed in us since the beginning, and those of you who stream us in everyday.  You are AMAZING and ARTxFM would be nothing without you.

Thank you all and congratulations.  97.1 FM Louisville.  This great accomplishment is yours.

Sincerely,
Sharon

 

Two Events this Friday, Dec. 12 :

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On Friday, December 12th join Louisville Literary Arts for InKY at the Bard’s Town, at 1801 Bardstown Road, for an evening of literary entertainment. One note, Richard Taylor has unexpectedly had to cancel.
– OPEN MIC
– FEATURED InKY readers, poet, Makalani Bandele, fiction by Martha Greenwald and poetry by special guest, Marie Coma.
– Open Mic sign-ups begin at 6:45, and the Open Mic reading will begin at exactly 7 PM.
Makalani Bandele is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem fellow, his work is forthcoming or can be found in print or online in literary magazines and journals such as Sou’wester, Barely South Review, The New Sound, Louisville Review, The Platte Valley Review, and Prime Number Magazine. He is a 2012 and 2013 Pushcart prize nominee, Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize and Literary LEO 1st Prize in Poetry winner. Hellfightin’, published by Willow Books in 2011, is his first full-length book of poems.
Martha Greenwald’s collection of poems, Other Prohibited Items, was the winner of the 2010 Mississippi Review Poetry Series. Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Slate, Poetry, Best New Poets, The Sycamore Review, Shenandoah, and many other journals. She has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford and been awarded scholarships from both the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences. Greenwald has also held an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. Works in progress include Shivah Bullies, a memoir, and Well, Bless His Heart, a collection of short fiction. She has taught in the English Department at the University of Louisville since 1999.
Marie Coma is a writer, painter, and yoga teacherss. She is interested in expanding consciousness through meditation and creative practices. She lives with her husband, Kyle, who is also a writer, and their 3 giant, Buddha-like black and white cats.

 

Portland Poetry Series https://www.facebook.com/events/345193358996257/

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Join us for a night of poetry. The cast in this troupe come from all reaches and walks of life. They promise to climb treehouses, build model airplanes, hole up in tenements in cold cities, and drink cheap brandy on street corners with you through the course of the night.

Aside from our featured poets there will be a “Reading from the Canon” to acknowledge we are always standing on the shoulders of giants. There will also be three 5 minute open mic slots. These three poets will be competing for a spot as a featured poet in a future Portland Poetry Series event.

Light snack options will be provided by Gumby’s Specialty Catering.

Sheri Wright, Dr. Yoshev Omed, Tyler Curth, Chelsea Tadeyeske, & Edwin R. Perry are our featured guests.

Two-time Pushcart Prize and Kentucky Poet Laureate nominee, Sheri L. Wright is the author of six books of poetry, including the most recent, The Feast of Erasure.
Wright’s visual work has appeared in numerous journals, including Blood Orange Review, Prick of the Spindle, Blood Lotus Journal and Subliminal Interiors. In 2012, Ms. Wright was a contributer to the Sister Cities Project Lvlds: Creatively Linking Leeds and Louisville. Her photography has been shown across the Ohio Valley region and abroad. Currently, she is working on her first documentary film, Tracking Fire.

Dr. Yoshev Omed is an albino dwarf of Greenland Inuit and Norwergian descent who was adopted by Hasidic Jews as a child and raised in Montreal, Quebec. Multilingual, he is fluent in English, French, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and Esperanto. A Talmudic scholar and an acknowledged expert in Medieval Scholastic Philosophy, Dr. Omed is the author of The Atheist Qaballah.

Tyler Curth is a senior in Spalding University’s BFA in creative writing program. He won second prize in Sarabande Books’ Flo Gault Poetry Competition and was an ESU scholar to study at Oxford University’s 2013 Creative Writing Summer School. His work has appeared in 94 Creations and Word Hotel.

Chelsea Tadeyeske is the author of the chapbooks HEELDRAGGER (plumberries press, 2012) and TOTEM (plumberries press, 2013), co-author with Cynthia Spencer of THERE EXISTS…(plumberries press, 2012), proprietress of pitymilk press (pitymilkpress.wordpresss.com), and co-organizer of the Midwest Small Press Festival. Her work has been published in places such as Everyday Genius, Burdock Magazine, OxMag, Drupe Fruits, Humble Humdrum Cotton Frock, and others. She is currently pursuing her MA in poetry at Miami University in Oxford, OH.

Edwin R. Perry is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and community organizer from the midwest. he is the founding editor of plumberries press and his work has appeared in such places as Sawbuck, Cannot Exist, Burdock and others.

 

Contact me for bookings on the radio hour at keeplouisvilleliterary@yahoo.com

write on,

Rachel Short

Summary of Events [3.12-3.15]

Tonight: Wednesday [3.12.14]  Subterranean Phrases, Live collaboration of writers and musician, featuring Sonya DeVries, words, Jon Silpayamanant, cello, Jackie Royce, Bassoon. Host, Rachel Short. Location: Decca [812 e. Market] 8pm, FREE

Thursday [3.13.14] Keep Louisville Literary on artxfm.com, 1pm EST. Featuring Gonzoville poet, Ron Whitehead. 

                Also on air: 

Tune in to Spectrum this Thursday at 7pm est. William S Tribell will be talking with Kentucky poet, photographer and filmmaker- Sheri Wright about her latest film project down in New Orleans; “Tracking Fire”. Join us on FM WLMU 91.3 The Gap or listen online at http://www.913thegap.com/

 

Friday [3.14.14] InKY, Louisville’s longest running reading series featuring: 

Knopf poet Sarah Arvio reads in Lexington and Louisville. Thursday, March 13 at 6:00 at the Carnegie Center in Lexington with Bianca Spriggs. And Friday, March 14 at 7:00 as part of the InKY Reading Series at the Bardstown in Louisville with Mary Hamilton and Dave Harrity.

Sarah Arvio works as a translator for the United Nations in New York and Switzerland, and has recently also taught poetry at Princeton. Her poems are widely published, in such journals as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Boston Review, The Kenyon Review and elsewhere. Her first book, Visits from the Seventh (2002), won the Rome Prize and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship. Poems in that volume were awarded The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Prize and Poetry?s Frederick Bock Prize. She is also the author of the poetry collections, Sono (2007) and night thoughts (2013).

Host, Adam Day. Location: The Bardstown, [1801 Bardstown Rd.] 7p, Free

 

Saturday [3.15.14] Mothership Ensemble including the world premiere of composer, Chris Kincaid’s piece ‘Full Sunlight’, poem by Conyer Clayton. IU Southeast, Ogle Center, New Albany Indiana, 7p, free 

Press Release: 

Second concert of the Mothership Ensemble 2013-2014 season!

Featuring Terry Riley’s “in C”

Mothership Ensemble Presents Minimalist Classic In C and World Premieres by Local Composers
February 19, 2014, Louisville, KY… 

Contemporary/avant-garde music collective
Mothership Ensemble continues to bring innovative and experimental modern classical music to the Louisville area with a free concert on March 15, 2014 at Indiana University-Southeast’s Paul W. Ogle Cultural Center. The program will feature both newly-composed works and 20th century classics performed by some of the most versatile and enthusiastic musicians in Kentuckiana. 

The program will feature Terry Riley’s classic minimalist composition In C (1964), in honor of its 50th birthday this year. The piece consists of a series of 53 musical phrases which can be played by any musician, in any order, and for any length of time, resulting in a thrillingly hypnotic experience. The work is considered one of first compositions of minimalist music, originally written as a reaction against the highly structured, ultracomplex
music of the era.

Another masterpiece that Mothership will reprise is Louis Andriessen’s Workers Union (1975), which the ensemble first performed on its season kickoff concert in 2013. The piece is a raucous, rhythmically charged workout written or “any loud-sounding group of instruments.” Andriessen has described the work as a politically symbolic, displaying “a combination of individual freedom and severe discipline… it is difficult to play in an ensemble and to remain in step, sort of like organizing and carrying on political action.” 

In addition to performing these twentieth century classics, Mothership prides itself on promoting the music of composers from Louisville and Southern Indiana. This concert will feature the world premiere of Chris Kincaid’s Full Sunlight, written for bass flute, viola, cello, and electronic sounds. The work is inspired by the poem “Full Sunlight” written by Louisville-born poet Conyer Clayton, and explores music that, according to
Kincaid, “is not exactly frozen in time, but instead takes place in time that slowed almost to a standstill.”

Mothership is also excited to perform Sympathetic Vibrations, for tuba and piano, by the ensemble’s co-director and hornist Rachel Short. For much of the piece, the pianist does not play on the keyboard itself, but rather depresses the pedal and allows the
strings to resonate in subtle harmonies with the tuba. In this way, the two instruments dissolve their individual identities, becoming extensions and reflections of each other.

Ensemble director and cellist Jon Silpayamanant will perform in almost every work on the program, including Recursive Iteration No. 1, a new composition by Silpayamanant for cello, bassoon, and electronic sounds. 

Video artist Roxell Karr, who collaborates with Silpayamanant in their duo Camera Lucida, will provide projections for many of the
works on the concert to provide an immersive audiovisual experience.

The Mothership Ensemble is a new music collective based in the Louisville area, founded by Rachel Short and Jon Silpayamanant in 2012. They seek to increase the performance and awareness of contemporary music in Louisville through unique programming in unconventional venues. The group constantly seeks and commissions new music from young and local composers while continuing to present essential, yet underrepresented works of the 20th and 21st centuries. Mothership maintains an “open” membership, welcoming anyone in the community that interested in performing contemporary music to join them.

For more information about the event, call 502-553-8631, or visit the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/699264106769208.

Mothership Ensemble: https://www.facebook.com/MothershipEnsemble
Jon Silpayamanant: http://www.silpayamanant.com/

Nu Mu Lu: http://www.numulu.org/

See you there, Rachel 

Chad Horn on KLL radio 1pm today!

Tune into Keep Louisville Literary TODAY at 1p on http://www.artxfm.com to hear Rachel Short interview Chad Horn!

Chad Horn is a published author with poems in over 50 magazines. He’s the owner of KENTUCKYLIT ispired by Robert Penn Warren’s novel, “A Place to Come To.” It’s a place to come to for Ketucky literature (lit.) and fine cigars. His fourth book of poetry is soon to be released.

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Today 10/31 on KLL RADIO Merle Bachman!

Rachel Short will host poet/prof Merle Bachman to talk about the Spalding BFA in creative writing, the new local literary magazine Word Hotel, Merle’s poetry and her upcoming Subterranean Phrases December reading TODAY 1pm on http://www.artxfm.com

click over and tune into streaming arts radio!

(photo credit Micheal Jackman, http://www.mjfreelance.com)

Jerry Deaton on KLL radio tomorrow 10/24

Jerry Deaton, author of Appalachian Ghost Stories and director of The Feuds of Bloody Breathitt, joins me tomorrow at 1pm on http://www.artxfm.com !

http://www.jerrydeaton.com

KLL Radio 8/17 with Local Author Nadeem Zeman

tomorrow 8/17 at 1pm I’m happy to welcome local author Nadeem Zeman to read some of his short fiction and talk about working at Carmichael’s books and attending UofL for graduate work in writing. Nadeem has a story forthcoming in a national journal and lots of stories to tell about local and visiting literary luminaries, so tune in tomorrow on http://www.artxfm.com !

POET MATT HART TODAY ON KLL RADIO!

Today on Keep Louisville Literary [the radio show] I’ll be speaking with Matt Hart author of Wolf Face (H_NGM_N, 2010) Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (Typecast Publishing, 2011), Debacle, Debacle (H_NGM_N, 2013) and Radiant Action (forthcoming from Typecast Publishing 2014). Stream the show live at http://www.artxfm.com @ 1pm! I’ll also be dropping more tracks from his post-punk band TRAVEL! Matt is also an educator at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and editor-in-chief at the journal he co-founded Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety.

Poet and WFPL Radio Personality Erin Keane on ARTxFM, 1pm Today!

(NOTE:   Keep Louisville Literary streams live on http://www.artxfm.com at 1pm Thursdays)

Hello readers,

Today I’ll welcome WFPL’s Erin Keane to the studio to discuss the show she recently produced: “Unbound: Ficiton on the Radio” in which authors like Brian Leung, Frank Bill, Silas House, Tessa Mellas, Claire Vaye Watkins and others read their stories in their own voices.

Erin is also a wonderful poet, and we will discuss her work past and present, including her new collection forthcoming from Typecast Publishing. As a preview, I’m linking this poet on poet interview we did last year. I say we because she literally turned the tables, hence the dual format. I hope you’ll tune in today to http://www.artxfm.com at 1pm to hear all about Erin’s new endeavors to Keep Louisville Literary!

Keep Louisville Literary live on ARTxFM.com

My guest for Thursday’s radio show at 1pm will be Meg Bowden of Sarabande books. We will discuss the Sarabande reading series which happens monthly at hotel 21c on main, and the ins and outs of small press publishing. Tune in!

P.s. I’ve also got clips from local poet/writer Jimmy Besseck, and some spoken word audio from Sylvia Plath and others as well. As always, eclectic rock and EDM will play briefly between segments.