Kentucky Literary Newsletter:
December 2016

December, 2016

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For This Holiday Season, Give Good Literature!

Well, folks, 2016 has been a whirlwind year in the news and in the arts. Kentucky has seen its fair share of challenges as the very structure of our state arts administration has drastically shifted, leaving many artists and arts enthusiasts wondering, “What next?” When life gets challenging, in the words of Neil Gaiman, “Make good art.” Kentucky is fortunate to have a robust selection of literary artists and offerings that ensure we can continue to make good art in the face of impending headlines and deadlines.

This month, as we move into the holidays, I encourage you to give yourself the gift of good literature, whether you’re reading it or writing it. Below are this month’s highlights of events and classes, and if you want to know what’s coming up in 2017, click on our literary calendar here !

See you in the new year!

Bianca Spriggs,
Literary Arts Liaison
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

InKY Reading Series

December 9, 2016 @ 7:00pm
The Bard’s Town
1801 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40205


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Join poet, Julie Hensley , and founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, poet and author, Crystal Wilkinson , for an evening of poetry and prose.

Open Mic sign-up begins at 6:30. Question and answer to follow readings.

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Thrusday Morning Prose Group

Thursdays, December 15 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm
(repeats every week except for December 22 & 29)
Carnegie Center
251 W 2nd St
Lexington, KY 40507


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We are a critique group for works in progress. The name “Prose Group” seems to attract fiction writers, but non-fiction is welcome.

Bring five copies of about five pages (single spaced) of your writing to the meeting.
Each person is allotted about 15 minutes for reading and a critique.
Long chapters should be broken into smaller chunks and the readings spread out over two or more meetings.

Click here and contact Julie if you have any questions.

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Writing for Recovery
December 15, 2016 @ 1:00pm -2:00pm
(repeats the 3rd Thursday of every month)
NAMI Participation Station
869 Sparta Ct
Lexington, KY 40504FREE

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With Jay McCoy .

While living with a chronic condition or caring for a loved one, we often find comfort and strength through writing. We will focus on exercises, prompts, and visualizations to explore challenges whether from the perspective of the person living with illness or of the caregiver. We will take the time to create and develop new work and to workshop our own stories and poems. Writers of all levels and all genres are welcome. [ALL LEVELS].

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Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Midsouth Chit Chatters Schmooze

Sunday, January 2, 2017 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Barnes & Noble, Café
801 S Hurstbourne Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40222


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Anyone interested in writing for children is welcome to join us. No RSVP required. The first hour will be for socializing, the second hour for critiquing. Illustrators are always welcome.

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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 LiteraryCalendar 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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