Kentucky Literary Newsletter:
March 2017

Marching Ever Forward!
Dear faithful reader,

As you already know, the landscape of Kentucky literary arts is slowly evolving. As old venues leave, new ones take their place. As beloved institutions close their doors, new ones open. As policies change, so do the faces of writers, new and old, who take pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards) in order to express their voices. While change is scary (especially as most of Kentucky is having what feels like an early Spring) it’s important to acknowledge that the power for change lies with you and those around you. And there have never been as many avenues for change as there are right now!

March will see more writing classes and workshops from all over the state, from a poetry workshop at Thomas More College to the monthly Young Writers’ Workshop at the Hopkins Co. Library. The Berea Writers Circle is having their third annual Book Fest. Plus, the Carnegie Center is continuing with our regularly scheduled programming, including a Writers Meetup to meet other like-minded worksmiths.

You may have also noticed a few changes to our website. For example, the address has changed from to All of your old links should redirect to the new site without any problem. We also changed the name of the website from “Red Door Writers Blog” to “Kentucky Literary Network”.

We have plenty of other features forthcoming, particularly ones to help burgeoning writers as well as fans of the written (and spoken) word. We will announce those over the following months as the Carnegie Center celebrates our 25th anniversary. But if you have any suggestions about helpful resources, tools, directories, etc., please send us those suggestions by clicking here. If you are having any issues with the site, or just want to ask questions, you may click here to do that as well.

And as always, if you have any events of a literary nature, please submit those here. We are dedicated to expanding the reach of all of Kentucky‘s literary communities, so please don’t hesitate to share!

Finally, I want to thank you for your commitment to your fellow Kentuckians, whether that means attending an event or authoring a book. You, and all of the readers of the Kentucky Literary Newsletter, are what keeps Kentucky‘s writing community so strong.


Bronson O’Quinn
Development Director/Safety Officer
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning

25th Annual Caden Blincoe Outloud Festival

Sunday, February 26 @ 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Thomas More College
333 Thomas More Pkwy
Crestview Hills, KY 41017


(click here to view event info)

The Thomas More College Creative Writing Vision Program invites people of all ages to the 25th Annual Caden Blincoe Outloud Festival in the Science Lecture Hall located on the main Crestview Hills,Kentucky campus. This event is free and open to the public and features talented regional writers sharing their literature in a festive, interactive setting.

Featured regional authors include recent Kentucky Poet LaureateGeorge Ella Lyon (Many-Storied House), Cincinnati Poet LaureatePauletta Hansel (Tangle), highly awarded Thomas More College Writer-in-residence Richard Hague (During the Recent Extinctions), Weatherford Award novelist Robert Gipe(Trampoline) and Northern Kentucky University professor Gary Walton (Waiting for Insanity Clause), who is a Covington native. Two Appalachian family bands, Sunset Dawn and Tellico, which include Thomas More College English professor Sherry Cook Stanforth, will perform traditional music between readings. Attendees are invited to enjoy appetizers and visit the authors at book signing tables during and after the event. A special table will also be designated for local authors who want to share their books.

(click here for a complete list of events)

YA Author Reading & Panel

Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
251 W 2nd St
Lexington, KY 40507


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Note: All events descriptions are listed as they are submitted.

(optional lunch $10)

Did you know that Kentucky is full of award-winning young adult (YA) book authors? Join us to meet and hear from YA authors including Sarah Combs (The Light Fantastic, Breakfast Served Anytime), David Arnold (Kids of Appetite, Mosquitoland), and more. This event includes a panel of the authors answering your questions about writing for young adults, as well as a reading and signing by the authors. Registration is not required unless you want a boxed lunch (register by Wednesday, March 15 to guarantee a lunch).

Offered as a part of LexArts’ Arts Showcase Weekend

All Carnegie Center programs are made possible through the generous support of LexArts. In 2016-17, the Carnegie Center will receive a total of $10,000 in unrestricted support.

(click here for a complete list of events)

Berea Book Fest
Saturday, March 18 @ 10:00am – 2:30pm
Berea Branch Madison Co. Public Library
319 Chestnut St
Berea, KY 40403FREE(click here to view event info)Note: All events descriptions are listed as they are submitted.At the third annual Berea Book Fest, visitors can talk with CentralKentucky authors and poets, purchase books, and attend readings and panels. The event opens at 10:00am and ends at 2:30pm. For a list of authors and a complete schedule, click here.

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Lexington Story Slam
Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
The Burl
375 Thompson Rd
Lexington, KY 40508FREE(click here to view event)Note: All events descriptions are listed as they are submitted.
Compete against Central Kentucky’s best storytellers for bragging rights and free tickets to the show of your choice at The Burl. The theme for this Story Slam is “Pet.” All stories must involve that theme, be true, and last 5 minutes or less. Anyone can register to tell a story, but only 10 tellers will be selected.

(click here for a complete list of events)

Scott Russell Sanders, reading and book signing
Tuesday, March 21 @ 11:00am
Owensboro Community and Technical College
4800 New Hartford Rd
Owensboro, KY 42303FREE(click here to view event info)Award-winning essayist and author Scott Russell Sanders will give a reading followed by a book signing as part of Owensboro Community and Technical College’s Common Reading program. Event is free and open to the public.(click here for a complete list of events)
Writers Meet-Up
Wednesday, March 22 @ 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
251 W 2nd St
Lexington, KY 40507FREE(click here to view event info)If you love to write, come to the Carnegie Center to meet like-minded writers, find a writing group/critique partner, and/or mingle with instructors, mentors, published authors, and fellow students. Wine, refreshments, and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. At 6:00 pm, you’ll have the option to participate in activities that will help you build a supportive writing network.

(click here for a complete list of events)

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: Bronson O'Quinn

Bronson O'Quinn is a writer, graphic designer, and web developer living in Lexington, Kentucky with his equally talented wife and three ridiculous cats.

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