Kentucky Literary Newsletter:
October 2016

October 2016 Kentucky Literary Newsletter

Happy Fall and welcome to your Kentucky Literary Newsletter! We hope you enjoy our monthly email updates and new interactive calendar! This fall promises to be a cornucopia of literary harvest across the state including star-studded readings, Kentucky author celebrations, regular workshops, book clubs, and of course, NaNoWriMo on the horizon! If you’d like to see the entire offering of programs and events on the calendar each month, all you have to do is click here! If you’d like to submit an event, follow this link, click on the green “Post Your Event” button, and instructions on how to upload an event will be listed. Please note, we do not accept press-releases or events for children. We also focus on opportunities for adult writers. If you are receiving this email because it’s been passed along by a friend, you’re welcome to subscribe to our newsletter here.

Bianca Spriggs,
Literary Liaison
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

Writing Ghost Stories

Robert Simpson Brown October 8, 2016 @ 10:00am – 1:00pm
Carnegie Center
251 W. Second St.
Lexington, KY 40507

$35

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With Roberta Simpson Brown. Enjoy learning to write true personal ghost stories and to create fictional ones with professional storyteller/author Roberta Simpson Brown, the Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales. Brown, the author of 11 scary books, will share her techniques for writing scary, marketable ghost stories suitable for all audiences. [ALL LEVELS]

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International Eating and Reading Night

October 11, 2016 @ 6:00pm
Carnegie Center
251 W. Second St.
Lexington, KY 40507

FREE (but you are encouraged to bring a dish to share)

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Savor the international literary and culinary flavors of the Bluegrass region! Bring a poem in your native language to read (optional). We’ll enjoy the tastes and sounds of a variety of cuisines and languages. Join us as we celebrate Central Kentucky’s diversity. Adults and children welcome!

Schedule

  • 6:00 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 pm – Open mic (3-minute limit per reader)
  • 7:00 pm – Featured readers FREE

no registration required Bring an ethnic dish to share!

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After the Storm, the Ruined Mountains: Thomas Zemsky & Jeremy Paden Book Release

October 20 @ 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
251 W. Second St.
Lexington, KY 40507

FREE

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After an Open Mic–that will include some local high school and university writers–Thomas Zemsky, who holds an MFA from Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and worked, for a long time, with the International Book Project, and Jeremy Paden, who is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Transylvania University, will read from their recent books of poems published by Broadstone Press. Fredrick Smock says Zemsky possesses a “deft poetic intelligence.” Ada Limon calls Paden’s poems “lyrically precise and beautifully attentive.”

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20th Annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing–featuring Silas House
October 23, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Kentucky Room of the Kentucky Museum and Library
WKU
1400 Kentucky St
Bowling Green, KY 42101

FREE

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A celebration of writing, including a presentation by Silas House, with a reception and book signing to follow. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Potter College and the Creative Writing Committee of the Department of English. This event is free and open to the public.

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Mary Ann Taylor-Hall reading
October 24, 2016 @ 11:00 am
Owensboro Community and Technical College
Blandford Hall, Humanities Building
4800 New Hartford Rd
Owensboro, KY 42303

FREE

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The public is welcome at this free reading by Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, hosted by the OCTC Common Reading program. A book signing will follow, and books will be available for purchase. The campus is reading Come and Go, Molly Snow as the fall 2016 Common Reading.

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Click here to view the Kentucky Literary Calendar The Kentucky Literary Newsletter began in late 2001 by Charlie Hughes of Wind Publications. In January 2013, the newsletter was given to the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, Kentucky. In June 2016, the Carnegie Center announced that they would collect all literary events on an interactive calendar and highlight a handful of them for the Kentucky Literary Newsletter. The Kentucky Literary Calendar and the Kentucky Literary Newsletter are both available at the Red Door Writers Blog, an initiative by the Carnegie Center to connect Kentucky’s literary communities. The mission of the Carnegie Center is to empower people to explore and express their voices through imaginative learning and the literary arts.

Author: Bianca Spriggs

Bianca Spriggs is an Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow based in Lexington, Kentucky where she is currently a Ph.D Candidate in English at the University of Kentucky. Bianca is the recipient of an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry, multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and a Pushcart Prize Nominee. In partnership with the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, she is the creator of The SwallowTale Project: Creative Writing for Incarcerated Women. Bianca’s work may be found in numerous journals and anthologies including Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature, The Louisville Review, Muzzle, Caduceus, Tidal Basin Review, The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and Appalachian Heritage Magazine. Bianca is the author of Kaffir Lily and How Swallowtails Become Dragons. Bianca currently serves as Assistant Poetry Editor for Apex Magazine, a monthly speculative literature publication, and the Managing Editor for pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture.

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