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.


Events

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

FREE

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

FREE

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

FREE

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

FREE

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.

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

Events

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
FREE
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

$5
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 kentuckywritingworkshop.com.

Writers Persist

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

FREE

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

$10/session

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.

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 blog.carnegiecenterlex.org to kylit.carnegiecenterlex.org. 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.

Sincerely,

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

FREE

(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

FREE

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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.

KY Great Writers: Fenton Johnson, Dave Harrity, Jesse Donaldson

This past October, we had the pleasure of hosting Fenton Johnson, Dave harrity, and Jesse Donaldson for our Kentucky Great Writers Series. Local historian and Carnegie Center’s Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame Coordinator, James Goode, introduced each of the readers.

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Kentucky Literary Newsletter:
November 2016

November is National Novel Writing Month!
Not only is November NaNoWriMo, but this weekend is packed with three large-scale literary shindigs. Plus, the Spalding University MFA in Creative Writing has several events towards the middle of the month. Louisville Literary Arts is having their annual Writers Block Fest. And, as always, the Carnegie Center is having our regular schedule of classes. To see the complete list of literary events, all you have to do is click here!Also, if you know of any literary events that would interest Kentucky writers, don’t hesitate to let us know. 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 generally 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.

Ohio Kentucky Indiana Children’s Literature Conference

November 5, 2016 @ 8:00am – 4:00pm
Thomas More College
Crestview Hills, KY 41017

$95 (or $35 for undergraduate students with ID)

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

CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS: COMBINING PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE is the title of the 2016 OKI Children’s Literature Conference. Keynoters at this 20th anniversary conference will be children’s book partners David Small and Sarah Stewart, and Janet Stevens and Susan Crummel. Local authors and illustrators Louise Borden, Mary Kay Carson, George Ella Lyon, Mike Mullin, Tom Uhlman, and Kathy Cannon Weichman, among others, will also present workshops on the many collaborations in writing and publishing children’s books.

(click here for a complete list of events)

Writer’s Block Festival

November 5, 2016 @ 8:30am – 5:00pm
Tim Faulkner Gallery
1512 Portland Ave
Louisville, KY 40203

FREE

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

The 6th annual Writer’s Block Festival occurs Saturday, November 5at the Tim Faulkner Gallery. The Festival features a publishing panel, readings, a print & resource fair, craft workshops, and a book discussion. Our keynote speaker, Lauren Groff, is a National Book Award Finalist and best-selling author of Fates and Furies, Arcadia, Monsters of Templeton, and Delicate Edible Birds. Ms. Groff will be making her only regional appearance at the Writer’s Block Festival as a guest of the University of Louisville’s Anne and William Axton Keynote Reading Series.

For more information about the event, click here.

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Carnegie Classics: 1984

November 5, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning

251 W. Second St.
Lexington, KY 40507

$25 in advance, $30 day of event

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

On November 5, Big Brother will be watching. You are invited to a night of resistance – dancing with the proles; musical and visual performances by Everyone Lives, Everyone Wins; and artwork inspired by the dystopian world of George Orwell’s 1984. We’ll have a “Victory” open bar and canteen (rations will be raised for the night).

Featured artists include Jakob Lee, Sarah Hart Landolt, Chuck Clenney, Enrique Jordan, Bianca Spriggs, Derek King, and Amanda Bridges.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $25 and at the door for $30 each. Doors will open at 7:00 pm.

(click here for a complete list of events)

Celebration of Kentucky Poets

November 13, 2016 @ 5:30pm – 6:45pm
Egan Leadership Center at Spalding University
Egan Leadership Center
901 S 4th St.
Louisville, KY 40203

FREE

(click here to view event info)

Readings by eminent poets from around the state:

 

  • Kiki Petrosino (University of Louisville), Hymn for the Black Terrific
  • Fred Smock (Bellarmine University), The Bounteous World
  • Lisa Williams (Centre College), Gazelle in the House
  • Merle Bachman (Spalding University), Blood Party
  • Maureen Morehead (Spalding University), Late August Blues: The Daylily Poems
  • Jeremy Paden (Transylvania University, Spalding University), Ruina Montium
  • Kathleen Driskell (Spalding University), Blue Etiquette

(click here for a complete list of events)

NaNoWriMo Overnight Write-In

November 18, 2016 @ 8pm – November 19, 2016 @ 8:00am
Owensboro Community and Technical College
Blandford Hall, Humanities Building
4800 New Hartford Rd
Owensboro, KY 42303

$35

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

Where better to write your novel than in a place full of novels? Joseph-Beth and the Carnegie Center invite all National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) participants—or any dedicated writer—to spend the night at the Carnegie Center! From 8:00 pm to 8:00 am, the Center will be open for you to relax, stretch out, and find inspiration for your novel. Optional group sessions throughout the night led by Bronson O’Quinn & Stephen Williams. Refreshments will be provided throughout the night and early morning. This is an overnight lock-in, so bring a pillow, blanket, and your writing materials.

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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.

KY Great Writers: Rebecca Gayle Howell, Kiki Petrosino, Nickole Brown

The Kentucky Great Writers Series connects authors to readers and writers in an intimate atmosphere.

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