Kentucky Literary Newsletter:
April 2017

Happy Spring, everyone!

 While April may be the cruelest month to some, for Kentucky writers, the hibernation season is over and fresh inspiration seems to be blooming everywhere! For poets, this is National Poetry Month, and many poets across the country are attempting to write thirty poems in thirty days. And as you can see, April is packed with events and workshops for poets of all experience levels to keep their pens moving all month. There is also a socially conscious tone to this month’s events, so writers who want to know more about putting their pens towards a purpose will be able to attend readings that highlight the progressive potential of the written and spoken word.
If you’d like to access this month’s full calendar featuring opportunities from around the state, check out the link here, which includes guidelines to submit an event.
Bianca Spriggs,
Literarty Arts Liaison
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning


Note: All descriptions are listed as they are submitted by the event organizer. 

Kentucky Great Writers Series

Poetry Powerhouse Edition with Christopher McCurry, Kathleen Driskell, Julie Hensley

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 6:00pm
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning 251 W. Second St. Lexington, KY 40507
The Kentucky Great Writers Series connects authors to readers and writers in an intimate atmosphere. Mark your calendar for these upcoming reading events. You won’t want to miss it!
Each event starts at 5:30 PM with a 30-minute open-mic session to give the audience a chance to participate. At 6:00 the readings by featured authors will begin. Each author will read for 15-20 minutes from a work of their choice. After the author readings, the audience will have the opportunity to get books signed.

Featured Authors:

  • Christopher McCurry, Bread Loaf School of English Fellow, Nearly Perfect Photograph: Marriage Sonnets
  • Kathleen Driskell, Al Smith Fellow & Bestselling Poet, Next Door to the Dead
  • Julie Hensley, Everett Southwest Literary Award Winner, Viable

Al’s Bar 601 N. Limestone Lexington, KY 40508

This benefit will help raise money for the Kentucky Writers and Artists for Reforestation and will benefit an initial tree planting project that will plant trees on abandoned mining sites on April 22nd.
Featured Readers
  • George Ella Lyon
  • Bobbie Ann Mason
  • Maurice Manning
  • Richard Taylor
  • Bianca Spriggs
  • Silas House
  • Erik Reece
  • Eric Scott Sutherland
with music by Ron Pen and Warren Byrom

Kentucky Writing Workshop

April 22, 2017 @ 9:30am-5:00pm
Holiday Inn Louisville East
1325 S Hurstbourne Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40222

$149, additional $29 for agent pitch session

This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent (there are 7 agents attending the event), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (125 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered at

Writers Persist

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 6:00pm-7:30pm
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
251 W 2nd St
Lexington, KY 40507


Some of Kentucky’s best-known and most acclaimed writers join forces to stand up to celebrate the arts and our First Amendment rights. Join us for this positive gathering of short readings that will focus on resistance, persistance, equality, and freedom. Readers include:
  • Tom Eblen
  • Kim Edwards
  • Manuel Gonzales
  • Silas House
  • Jason Howard
  • George Ella Lyon
  • Maurice Manning
  • Bobbie Ann Mason
  • Gurney Norman
  • Erik Reece
  • Gwyn Hyman Rubio
  • Carter Sickels
  • Bianca Spriggs
  • Crystal Wilkinson
And a special musical interlude by Carla Gover

Exploring Kentucky Writers

A Short Story Discussion Series

Saturdays, 29, 2017 @ 10:30am-12:30pm
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning 251 W. Second St. Lexington, KY 40507


This class focuses on writings by Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame inductees, using Morris Grubbs’ landmark short story anthology Home and Beyond as a text. Short fiction by Hall of Fame writers will comprise the axis for a discussion on how these writers apply elements of fiction and a taste of Kentucky to their works.
The following will be featured in April:
  • A.B. Guthrie’s “The Fourth Getup” (April 29).
The short stories listed above are required reading before each session, and are found in Home and Beyond by Morris Grubbs. Purchase your copy at the Wild Fig Books; mention this class and get 20% off your purchase of the book.

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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