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

 

 

 

Dark Thrillers by Aray S. Brown and Workshops at Writer’s Block to help you work on your own stories.

Thursday On the radio hour on artxfm.com, I’ll be chatting with Aray S. Brown about her Thriller “Blood is Thicker than Water”  Tune in at 1pm on the website or download the app on your smart phone.

I’ll also be playing some recorded readings about domestic violence by Titianna WellsSmith, Kimberly Crumb, Sheri Wright, and Robin G. Poetry from the “LIFE WAS Beautiful” Show poems based on the art by the late Betty Dore.

Aray Brown is an  indie author/ writer born and raised in Louisvile, Kentucky.

Ever since she was little she always explored her creative side. She began writing journey at an early age.  Her role models were She-Ra and He-Man back then so you can imagine the stories she would come up with.

Later on she decided to delve into something more real and personal. Despite the trials and tribulations she endured in her life, she wrote her first novel “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”, a tell all booklet centered around the life and times she spent with her grandmother while her mother was in prison. It was never published or finished. She then went on writing more unpublished novels, honing her craft so to speak. Finally finding her niche’ and braving the big bad writing world, she reinvents herself as a writer and doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. She’s currently wriiting the script for Blood Is Thicker Than Water

Everyone Has a Story to Tell: Crafting Narratives

Lee Martin is the author of the novels The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; River of Heaven;Quakertown; and Break the Skin. He has also published three memoirs: From Our House; Turning Bones; and Such a Life. His first book was the short story collection, The Least You Need To Know. He is the co-editor of Passing the Word: Writers on Their Mentors. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such places as Harper’s, Ms., Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and Glimmer Train. He is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He was the winner of the 2006 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from Ohio State.

Mr. Martin will also be one of our featured readers at the InKY reading, Friday, November 13, at the Bard’s Town theater and tavern.

How do you open a story, how do you end it, and what decisions need to be made between those two points? In this workshop, we will address matters that are relevant to how we give shape to experience stories. If you’re a fiction writer, or a writer of personal narratives, this workshop will allow you to practice techniques that will be important to the stories that you have to tell. Through the study of examples and a writing exercise, we will sharpen our skills with dialogue, exposition, description, pacing, characterization, and narrative structure. No matter where you are in your development as a writer, this workshop will give you strategies for making your stories memorable.

Register for workshops here : http://www.louisvilleliteraryarts.org/

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People, Place and Beings: The Spices of an Intriguing Read
Kelly Creagh is a 2008 graduate of Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. When not writing, haunting bookstore coffee shops, or obsessively studying Poe, Kelly’s passions include the ancient art of bellydance. She lives with her squirrely, attitude-infused dogs—Annabel, Jack, and Holly—in the heart of Old Louisville, Kentucky’s largest and spookiest Victorian neighborhood. Kelly is the author of the Nevermore trilogy.

Strong, believable characters are a must in all good fiction. Setting, too, is key. And when it comes to stirring in the unusual, the mysterious or the magical, sometimes just a dash won’t do. In this workshop, we will discuss how to mix and blend these elements to create the perfect concoction to mesmerize and enchant your readers, to lure and hopelessly entrench them in the world and story you’ve created, rendering them as anxious about the dwindling pages as they are for the impending climax and resolution.

Writer’s Block this Weekend and Joy Priest on the radio hour [11.13.14]

It’s the weekend you’ve been anticipating here in the Literary Arts Community of Louisville, Ky. The weekend of the Writer’s Block curated by the Louisville Literary Arts  board and hosted in the NuLu area.  For one full day a full city block of Louisville is filled with readings, workshops, panel discussions, and a press fair.  Our artFM studio is located in this block of writing extravagancy so we’ll be hosting drop in interviews with some of the panelists throughout the day.

Festivities unofficially start on Wednesday, November 12, 730p, with Subterranean Phrases. A reading series, starting its third year, that combines writers with musicians to perform unrehearsed collaborations in the Cellar Lounge of Decca Restaurant.

November 12th will feature Erin Keane (Louisville) and Jay Sizemore (Nashville) with music by Cowboy Funeral.

” Erin Keane was born in New Jersey and raised in Kentucky and feels both states are misunderstood.

She is the author of three collections of poetry: Demolition of the Promised Land (Typecast Publishing, 2014), Death-Defying Acts (WordFarm, 2010), and The Gravity Soundtrack, (WordFarm, 2007).

Her articles, poems, plays, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals, magazines, newspapers and anthologies, including Salon, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Guardian, Barrelhouse, The Collagist, Redivider, PANK, The Lumberyard, Poems & Plays, and The Louisville Review.

Keane earned her MFA in creative writing at Spalding University, and she’s a proud graduate of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.She’s a recipient of the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and fellowships from the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. A former newspaper and public radio arts journalist, now she’s a staff writer for Salon, focusing on entertainment and culture.

Erin lives under the flight path and near a secret cemetery with her husband Drew, their cats Harold Bloom and Rex, and one small Boston terrier named Nora Charles.”
http://www.sensilla.com/

Jay Sizemore flunked out of college and has since sold his soul to corporate America. He still sings in the shower. Sometimes, he writes things down. His work has appeared online and in print with magazines such as Prick of the Spindle, DASH, Menacing Hedge, and Still: The Journal. He’s never won any awards. Currently, he lives in Nashville, TN, home of the death of modern music. His chapbook Father Figures is currently available on Amazon. : http://jaysizemore.com/

Subterranean Phrases is hosted by Rachel Short and is not a part of the festivities of Writers Block. However, we hope you will join us.

Decca Restaurant will also host the official after party of the Block with Readings by Joy Priest, Matt Hart, and Christ Mattingly.

‘MATT HART is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (Typecast Publishing, 2012) and Debacle Debacle (H_NGM_N Books, 2013). A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band TRAVEL.

CHRIS MATTINGLY is the author of SCUFFLETOWN, a full-length collection from Typecast Publishing, and two chapbooks, AD HOC (2010) and A LIGHT FOR YOUR BEACON (2012), both from Q Avenue Press. His poems have recently appeared in River Styx; Lumberyard; Still; Louisville Review; Sawmill; and Forklift,OHIO. At Indiana University, Mattingly earned a BA in English and Folklore. He holds an MFA in Poetry from Spalding University and recently returned to Louisville from southeast Georgia, where he taught at East Georgia State College. Mattingly currently teaches at Bellarmine University.

JOY PRIEST is a poet, memoirist & screenwriter living in the In-Between, where she was born & raised. Her primary obsessions are history & psychological horror, & at 25, she is the newest & youngest member of the Affrilachian Poets. Joy is the recipient of a 2015 Kentucky Arts Council Emerging Artist Award, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference grant & was a finalist for the International Poetry Award from the Center for Women Writers at Salem College. Her work has been published or is upcoming in pluck! Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, Toe Good Poetry Journal, Solstice Lit Mag & Best New Poets 2014.

Hosted by Sarah Maddix, Rachel Short and John James.

This event is free and open to the public.”

Joy Priest will be appearing on the radio hour this Thursday [11.13.14] at 1pm on artxfm.com to read some preview excerpts and discuss her work  with Keep Louisville Literary host, Rachel Short 

The Official Kickoff for Writers Block is Friday, November 14th, with the longest running Louisville reading series, InKY. Hosted at the Bardstown. Featuring David Baker and Jacinda Townsend.

‘David Baker (Oberlin, OH) Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review and lives in Granville, Ohio. Among Baker’s eleven books are Never-Ending Birds (poems, 2009, W. W. Norton), Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry(essays, edited with Ann Townsend, 2007, Graywolf Press), Midwest Eclogue (poems, 2005, W. W. Norton), and Treatise on Touch: Selected Poems (2005, Arc Publications, UK). For his work, Baker has been awarded fellowships and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, Ohio Arts Council, Society of Midland Authors, and others. Baker currently holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, where he is Professor of English.

Jacinda Townsend (Bloomington, IN) is the author of the novel Saint Monkey (Norton, 2014), which follows the lives of two girls growing up in Eastern Kentucky’s Black community shortly after the Korean War. Chapters of the novel have been published in Mythium Journal, WomenArts Quarterly, and in the award-winning journal poemmemoirstory, and an excerpt from the novel earned Jacinda a 2008 Illinois Arts Council grant. Saint Monkey will be published in 2014 by W. W. Norton and Company.’

InKY schedule:

6:30 Open mic sign-ups

7:00 – 7:30PM Open mic readings (3 minutes each)
7:30 – 7:50 PM First featured reader
7:55 – 8:15 PM Second featured reader

8:15 – 8: 35 PM  Question & Answer Session

Writers Block then continues on Saturday, Nov. 15th with registration beginning at 9 am. For more information visit the LLA website HERE

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I’ll be chatting with panelist starting at 9am on the artxfm live streaming. There is a free mobile app you can download to listen in throughout the day. schedule:

9 am: Angela Jackson Brown
on “Inventing the Truth panel
11 am: Sarah Havens:
Participating on humor panel
more info here: barbelleblog.com
1 pm: Gaylord Brewer:
 participating on “A Writeable Feast” food writing panel; info here:
3 pm Matt Hart
on “Inventing the Truth Panel”
The Writer’s Block is free and open to the public besides a small fee and registration required to attend any workshops.  I hope you’ll make a day of attending this event and explore all of the wonderful Literary adventures this city has to offer.
write on,
Rachel Short
keeplouisvilleliterary@yahoo.com

Deadlines and Hot Shops [8.28.14]

Lynnell Edwards will be joining me on the radio hour Thursday [8.28.14] with “Kings of the Rock and Roll Hot Shop (Or, What Breaks)” 

Lynnell Major Edwards is the author of three collections of poetry, most recentlyCovet (October, 2011), and also The Farmer’s Daughter (2003) and The Highwayman’s Wife (2007), all from Red Hen Press.  Her short fiction and book reviews have appeared most recently in Connecticut Review, American Book Review, Pleiades, New Madrid, and others. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky where, since 2010 she has been president of  Louisville Literary Arts, a non-profit literary arts organization that sponsors the monthly InKY reading series and The Writer’s Block Festival. She is also Associate Professor of English at Spalding University.  She also teaches creative writing at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and is available for readings and workshops in a variety of settings.

Her Chapbook, “Kings of the Rock and Roll Hot Shop” was released this year by Accent’s Publishing, but was researched intensively at Flame Run Gallery in 2010 at their Market Street location.  Edwards explores all aspects of glassmaking with a concise 17 poems.  All senses. All meditations–From process and history to the methodological clutter and clean up, Edwards paints a full canvas of the art of glass shaping as colorful and beautifully transparent as the glass she describes. 

Tune in Thursday at 1pm on artFM to hear live readings and discussion.  

 

Deadlines Approaching. I repeat. Deadlines: 

September 1stRadar 

Women only 3-6 unpublished poems. 

September 30thNew Southerner

fiction, non-fiction, poetry 

October 1stAmerican Literary Review

short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry 

October 15Writer’s Block

1-3 unpublished poems

***Writers Block will also begin accepting reservations for workshops on September 1st. HERE 

 

write on, 

Rachel short

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 

Field recording Non-Fiction and new episodes on Mixcloud.

I had a lovely time with Jacinda Townsend yesterday on Keep Louisville Literary, and if you missed it, I will upload it on mix cloud later this weekend. For now, there are two new episodes posted on the mix cloud: last weeks Gonzo issue, and the long awaited issue with Mary Popham.  

http://www.mixcloud.com/KeepLouisvilleLiterary/

 

In addition to the studio chats we’ve been having with writers, I also had the opportunity to record two author forum’s this past Tuesday and will post them after some light sound editing. 

 

The first was Pamela J. Olsen www.pamolsen.org at Crescent Hill Library in a conference room with metal folding chairs and an adjacent elevator shaft that used the room as a resonance chamber. Despite the very distracting ambience of the room, I was enthralled. Pamela Olsen spent around 18months in Palestine, working, living, and pretending to not be American.  She talked about the realities of the Israeli occupation and the hardships of the Palestinian people.  It’s difficult to know the truth about the middle east while sifting through the corporate owned media of the good ol’ USofA, so Pamela went to see for herself.  Her stories of weddings, funerals, holding cells, checkpoints, illegal hiking, and parties are all compiled in “Fast Times in Palestine” It’s definitely on my reading list. 

 

After my current affairs history lesson, I headed over to Decca where Fred Minnick was signing books. Fred Minnick has a newborn, wears and ascot, is captivated by women bootleggers, and brings his own bourbon. He’s appalled that the story of Women’s involvement in the history of whiskey had not already been written. But not too much, because he’s selling books and loves researching the topic. He’s a whiskey writer through and through and his credentials are mentioned in the recording. I enjoyed fine cheeses, pickled vegetables, beet tartar, and grilled octopus while listening to Fred discuss a timeline of whiskey that has never been told before. (I drank beer, but don’t tell Fred.) Mr. Minnick’s next appearance with “Whiskey Women” will be April 17th at the JTown Library from 230-630. Susan Reigler will be there too with her essential travel guide ” Kentucky Bourbon Country.” Image

Thursday on ArtxFM.com: Jacinda Townsend reads from “Saint Monkey: A Novel”

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Keep Louisville Literary is thrilled to host Jacinda Townsend on Thursday at 1pm EST with readings from her premiere novel.  

Jacinda first studied law at Harvard and Duke Universities before receiving her MFA from Iowa Writers Workshop. 

She has published short fiction in literary magazines such as poemmemoirstory, Obsidian II, and Passages North and anthologies such as Surreal South and Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky Feminists. She currently lives in Bloomington, Indiana and teaches creative writing at Indiana University.   

http://books.wwnorton.com/books/detail.aspx?ID=4294977436

Jacinda Townsend’s remarkable first novel is a coming-of-age story made at once gripping and poignant by the wild energy of the Jazz Era and the stark realities of segregation. Marrying musical prose with lyric vernacular, Saint Monkey delivers a stirring portrait of American storytelling and marks the appearance of an auspicious new voice in literary fiction.

 

Tune in Thursday at 1pm EST to hear excerpt from “Saint Monkey: A Novel” and interview with the author 

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