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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Ryan Ridge + American Homes

ryan ridge.pngRyan Ridge is the author of the story collection Hunters & Gamblers, the poetry collection Ox, as well as the chapbooks 22nd Century Man and Hey, it’s America. His next book, American Homes, is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press as part of their new 21st Century Prose series. His work can be found in places like PANK, Salt Hill, Tin House, McSweeney’s Small Chair, FLAUNT Magazine, The Santa Monica Review, Sleepingfish, and others. A former editor for Faultline Journal of Arts & Letters, Bull and others, he currently serves as a managing editor for Juked (http://www.juked.com). Ridge holds a BA in English from the University of Louisville and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Irvine.

Join us on 97.1 fm [Louisville] Tuesday Morning, 9am, to hear excerpts from the book. As we discuss Ryan’s writing and the inspiration that comes from the Union of states in which we reside, we might come to the conclusion of our greatness or our impending doom.

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“Ryan Ridge inflects his anatomy of suburban interiors with a madcap, panoptic conceptualist idiom, and his readers will be left feeling they never gave nearly enough thought to the stuff that real, lived life comprises: walls, floors, doors, windows, garages, sheds, attics and basements. Ostensibly a tongue-in-cheek meditation satirizing the homogenization of contemporary domestic space, American Homes develops a truly heterogeneous literary architecture founded on the basis of formal dynamism and linguistic play.”––Evan Lavender-Smith
AMERICAN HOMES
“Ridge’s book explores the contradictions inherent in ideals of affluence and ownership, and does so admirably, without edging into sourness or satirical revenge killing. The humor is affable, and odd. Somewhere between Demetri Martin and Steven Wright, Jacques Tati and Wes Anderson, Ramon Gomez de la Serna and Georges Perec.”–Kyle Coma-Thompson, Electric Lit

To see more reviews and make a purchase, browse his catalogue, or simply give the website some hits, please visit: HIS WEBSITE HERE 

After you listen to the Radio hour, you may be so inspired that you would like to study craft with Ryan. YOU CAN= Saturday, March 12th

THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS:
A CRAFT CLASS WITH
RYAN RIDGE
SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2016
9:30 AM to Noon
PYRO GALLERY
900 E. MARKET STREET, LOUISVILLE, KY
$30 per persons
In this workshop, with prose stylist Ryan Ridge, participants will explore works by Ron Carlson, Elizabeth Tallent, and Ernest Hemingway with an eye toward their inventive use of objects to tell a story. Using this prose as inspiration, writers will create their own “set piece” story–one in which the smallest of salient details can have big, big meaning. The workshop may also appeal to poets looking to write short prose.
Pre-registration required
Log-on to Louisville Literary Arts’ website Scroll down to find the Pay Pal button!

UP next on keep Louisville Literary: Mackenzie Berry, organizer of the “Young Poets of Louisville” organization [March 15th]

Plus ++ Christopher McCurry [March 29th]

If you would like to appear on the radio hour, Contact Rachel Short at keeplouisvilleliterary@yahoo.com

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Write on,

Rachel Short

 

 

 

The Lipstick Wars and the Slam Resurgence in Louisville

From Sweet Peaches and KMAC poetry Slams to Floetic Friday youth slam and the VerbalArt Affair, spoken word poetry is a experiencing a resurgence in the city of Louisville. Such a resurgence that the Southern Fried competition will grace our presence in 2016 from the hard work of Lance G. Newman.  There’s a handful of hosts and artists pushing spoken word/slam into each corner of the city: Robin G with the Verbal Art Affair, which was started by Madison West and James Lee, Sweet peaches and KMAC with Lance Newman and Maxwell Sounds plus  Rheonna Thorton most recently organized and all women’s  slam competition called the Lipstick Wars.

In coalition with Arts Outreach and various charitable donations for refreshments and door prizes, Rheonna asked around until she landed the Bomhard Theatre in the Kentucky Center for Performing Arts.  A deal in itself the 600+ theatre nearly filled for the free event. Twelve women poets battled with words through three rounds of poetry in front of five judges.  The judges didn’t take their position lightly.  Rheonna plans for this event to be bi-annual and eventually host workshops for girls to empower their voice. So the judges scored accordingly and took the slam seriously by listening for imagery and craft in the performances. Contestants lost points for reading their work or not including poetic elements. The judges were booed several times as Slam encourages response throughout performance and scoring. In the same vein, points were awarded for engaging the audience and dynamics.

The top three poets were Tessa Gartin, Jazzy J, and Mizz Quoted

Tune in Thursday to artxfm.com at 1pm to hear Tessa Gartin talk about the experience and share some of her pieces. plus recordings from the competition.

Slam often doesn’t get a nod from academia in the writing community because at times craft isn’t celebrated and the pieces can head into the direction of rants with end rhyme. However, it can be done well and is being done well by a handful of poets in this city.

Look for the lipstick wars to come back in the spring of 2016

The event was so popular Miss Rheonna might have to have a preliminary round.

This weekend:

Floetic Friday, youth poetry slam

  • at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • 822 E Market St, Louisville, Kentucky 40206
  • Young Poets of Louisville will be holding its first youth poetry slam of the year on October 16, 2015 at the Local Speed Museum. To perform you must be between the ages of 13-19. There will also be a young guest artist featured in a supportive and artistic environment. Admission is $5 at the door. Please come support the power of the youth voice in friendly compeition!

Homegrown Music Art and Spoken Word

If you want to live in the moment, come out to Cedar Grove Coffee House Oct. 16 and get yourself a Homegrown infusion. In celebration of Halloween, we’ll be having a scary good time singing, slamming, reading, and sharing our art. There’ll be drumming and strumming and humming and big noises and tiny sounds. Plus, brilliant poetry by Tom C. Hunley and stunning art by Jason Kelty.

See why people call us the best breakout venue for open-mic performers in the state, maybe in the whole country! Shake off your stage fright and come join us. Bring your original tunes. Tell us how your heart aches. Show us what 30 days in rehab looks like. Give us a glimpse of something beautiful. Give us laughter. Move us to tears. Make us feel and think and breathe and love again.

ALL ORIGINAL. NO COVER FEE. $25 Cash Giveaway

DOUBLE FEATURE!
**Art by Jason Kelty**
**Spoken Word by Tom C. Hunley**

Music – Stories – Poems
Bring yours and get in on the act for a chance to win $25 cash!

Open Mic Signups: starting at 5:45 p.m.

*Due to language and mature themes, the show is recommended for ages 16 and up.

American Fantastic presents The Cottonwood Curse and other spooky stories and poems

American Fantastic is hosting a night of stories both ghastly and ghoulish. Hear the tale of “The Cottonwood Curse”, a story of Victorian Old Louisville, and sins from the past that give the neighborhood its haunted legacy. Want to weave a tale of your own? We’ll have an open-mic for people who want to tell their own scary stories, poems and songs.

We’ll be hosting the event at the Sunergos at 306 W Woodlawn Ave in the Iroquois neighborhood of Louisville.

Homegrown this week, more events at McQuixote + Misha Feigin on the radio hour

Misha Feigin is an experimental jazz guitarist with Russian folk influence, he is also a poet, storyteller, and a delightful spirit in our musical and literary community. He has recently released a new book of musings that only Misha’s vast collection of intellect and character could conjure.

Let us go then you and I on a road trip of the mind with Russian born poet Misha Feign. Standing on the outside of our culture looking in at what Henry Miller called “the air conditioned nightmare,” Feign has written a series of stories which help us view what might be familiar with fresh eyes.
Harold Maier, the founder of Twice Told Books

Tune in Thursday to artxfm.com to hear live readings and music by Misha Feigin plus we’ll chat about his adventures.

Events this week:

Today at 8:00pm – 11:00pm [12.17.14]
https://www.facebook.com/events/751443371576205/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
Al’s Bar of Lexington
601 N Limestone, Lexington, Kentucky 40508

Holler 79 features the debut of plumberries press founding editor, Edwin R. Perry and Chelsea Tadeyeske, proprietress of pitymilk press, author of several books including Totem. Also joining us will be Athens Word of Mouth managing director and author of Robot Cosmetics, Alx Johns. Electric Super Sex, a Morphine tribute lead by Nathan Pendleton (of Sundog Revival) will provide the tunes. Help us celebrate the ending of another fruitful year. Open mic kicks it off at 8pm.

Friday:

Friday at 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Cedar Grove Coffee House

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142 Buffalo Run Rd, Shepherdsville, Kentucky 40165
Deck the walls with all things local. Drink up our good energy. Get in on the good vibes. Calling all homies! It’s our holiday show. Give gifts that mean something. Buy local stuff from our artisans market–books, CDs, artwork, and more. Come for the featured guests. Come for the open mic. Grab a cup of hot chocolate. Be one of the dreamers, the creators, the game-changers. We’re setting Bullitt County on fire!

ALL ORIGINAL. NO COVER FEE. $25 Cash Giveaway

DOUBLE FEATURE!
**Music by Nathan Strange**
**Spoken Word by Jean Kinsey**

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

*Due to language and mature themes, the show is recommended for ages 16 and up.

Friday at 6:00pm

McQuixote Books & Coffee
1512 Portland Ave Suite #1, Louisville, Kentucky 40203

We are excited to announce Portland native and author, Brenda Duffey, will be in the shop this winter reading and signing her book, The Peacemaker. Brenda is a regular at our counter and a lifelong writer.

The Peacemaker is historical fiction at its finest. The story begins in 1720 and follows “over ten generations of descendants as they struggle to restore the vision of the Peacemaker and end the continuing cycles of war and famine. It is the story of an American family that loses its connection to the values that made them strong and the efforts to restore those values.”

Join us for a night of local literature with one of our newest friends, Brenda Duffey.

Saturday 8-10pm

McQuixote Books & Coffee
1512 Portland Ave Suite #1, Louisville, Kentucky 40203

Brandon B Shatter Harrison is throwing a slam at McQuixote Books & Coffee and you need to be there! Come see talented slam poets from all over. People are coming from different states so if you’re in Louisville there’s no reason to miss this. Expect standing room only.

You don’t need a chair anyway. Just open ears, open hearts, and an open soul.

The most intense poetry show of the year: The Winter Soul-Spit Slam. The best in Kentucky, St. Louis, Georgia, and beyond will be coming out for the grand prize of $125, the trophy and bragging rights!!!! #whowilltakethegold #shatterseason #iluvbshatter

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Write on,

Rachel Short