Kentucky Literary Newsletter:
September 2017

September, 2017

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By the People, For the People

This month is filled with long-standing traditions, such as the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, as well as new additions to the calendar, such as Books & Brews: Literary Trivia. We are also proud to include the readers of 502 Lit News. For those who don’t know, 502 Lit News was created by Louisville Literary Arts as a mailing of Louisville’s upcoming literary events. In July, 502 Lit News released it’s final email. However, all recipients of 502 Lit News will receive this month’s Kentucky Literary Newsletter, which includes several events in the 502. If you would like to be removed from this mailing, that’s no problem: simply unsubscribe at the bottom of this email. Either way, we want to thank you for your contributions to Kentucky’s literary communities!

When the Carnegie Center took over the management of the KY Literary Newsletter, we have always intended it as a tool for the writers and readers. After talking with the folks at Louisville Literary Arts, we promised that the goal of the KY Lit Network is to be a public service for Kentucky writers and readers. The KY Lit Calendar allows anyone to submit a literary event, such as a book reading, writer networking party, or a critique group. However, we rely on individuals in the community to submit us their events. So, if you know of any events (whether or not you’re the organizer), please submit the event to the Kentucky Literary Calendar. If you don’t see the event on the calendar, than we probably don’t know about it, so please keep us informed!

More importantly, we value your feedback. If you have comments or suggestions for the Kentucky Literary Network, please reply to this email! Remember: this is designed as a resource for you. If it’s not working the way you want it to work, let us know. For those who don’t know me personally, I’ve always been a supporter of Lexington’s writing communities (particularly the local poetry scene), so don’t be afraid to reach out and strike up a conversation.

Thank you so much for your loyal readership, and cheers to an amazing kickoff to the fall!

Bronson O’Quinn
Data Coordinator
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning

Upcoming Deadlines

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

Still: The Journal Literary Contests

Tuesday, September 9, 2017

$12 Entry Fee

Still: The JournalStill: The Journal announces the return of our annual writing contests in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Prizes are $200 for first-place winners in each genre and publication in our Fall issue. Our judges are R. Dean Johnson for fiction, Marc Harshman for poetry, and Sarah Einstein for creative nonfiction. We invite you to submit your work to our contests. All contest entries are considered for future publication in Still: The Journal.

The contest entry fee is $12, and the deadline for entries is September 9, 2017.


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

World Voices

Friday, September 1 @ 5:30 – 7:00pm

Flea Off Market
107 E Jefferson St
Louisville, KY 40202


The 90-minute World Voices program will bring the creativity and culture of Louisville’s world citizens to the popular Flea Off Market, with readings and performances by first-generation Americans, immigrants and refugees. This event coincides with the 15th annual World Fest— one of the region’s largest international festivals, featuring food, music, dance, culture and education (September 1-4).

Reader and performers, so far, include playwright Haydee Canovas Hernandez (Cuba), vocalist and voice coach Margareth Miguel (Brazil), and writer Irene Sulyevich (Ukraine).

Carnegie’s 25th Birthday Party in the Park

Saturday, September 9 @ 4:00 – 7:00pm

Gratz Park
Lexington, KY 40507


The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning opened its doors to the public on September 11, 1992. This year, we are proud to celebrate 25 years of empowering people to explore and express their voices!

Come celebrate this milestone with us on Saturday, September 9, 4:00-7:00 pm in Gratz Park (Carnegie’s backyard). We’ll have carnival snacks and games, face painting, live music from the Debraun Thomas Trio, and much more fun for the whole family!

Free & no registration is required.

Books & Brews: Literary Trivia

Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 6:00 – 8:00pm

Goodwood Brewing Company
636 E Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

$5 suggested donation

Bring your friends or join a team. Test your book knowledge while supporting LLA and Community Foundation of Louisville #GiveforGoodLou campaign. The Celtic Pig food truck will be on hand.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference

Friday, September 15, 2017 – Saturday, September 16, 2017

Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
251 W 2nd St
Lexington, KY 40507

$200 general admission with workshop
$125 general admission no workshop
$30 student admission

39th annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference. Workshops, craft talks, panel discussions, and readings with Natalie Diaz, Camille Dungy, Olivia Gatwood, Jessica Handler, Martyna Majok, Elena Passarello, Melynda J. Price, Maggie Shipstead, Claire Vaye Watkins, Kayla Rae Whitaker, and more.

Free Events:

Kentucky Great Writers Series

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 @ 6:00 – 7:30pm

Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
251 W 2nd St
Lexington, KY 40507


Join us for readings from Christopher Rowe’s Telling the Map, Richard Underwood’s CrimeSong: True Crime Stories From Southern Murder Ballads, and Amelia Marten’s The Spoons Are There to Dig a Moat. An open-mic will take place at 6:00 pm, and the readings by featured authors will follow at 6:30. Locally-owned Brier Books will be selling books at this signing event, and light refreshments will be provided by Nate’s Coffee.

21st Annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing

Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 2:00 – 4:00pm

21st Annual Jim wayne Miller Celebration of Writing
4660 Nashville Rd
Bowling Green, KY 42101


Prof. Frederick Smock, Ky. Poet Laureate. Reading and discussion in Western’s Ky. Room of the Ky. Museum and Library at 2 p.m. Central.

Free and open to the public.

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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