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

(click here to view event)

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.

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 Continue reading “Kentucky Literary Newsletter:
December 2016″

Kentucky Literary Newsletter:
October 2016

October 2016 Kentucky Literary Newsletter

Happy Fall and welcome to your Kentucky Literary Newsletter! We hope you enjoy our monthly email updates and new interactive calendar! This fall promises to be a cornucopia of literary harvest across the state including star-studded readings, Kentucky author celebrations, regular workshops, book clubs, and of course, NaNoWriMo on the horizon! If you’d like to see the entire offering of programs and events on the calendar each month, all you have to do is click here! If you’d like 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 also 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.

Bianca Spriggs,
Literary Liaison
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

Writing Ghost Stories

Robert Simpson Brown October 8, 2016 @ 10:00am – 1:00pm
Carnegie Center
251 W. Second St.
Lexington, KY 40507

$35

(click here to view event)

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

With Roberta Simpson Brown. Enjoy learning to write true personal ghost stories and to create fictional ones with professional storyteller/author Roberta Simpson Brown, the Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales. Brown, the author of 11 scary books, will share her techniques for writing scary, marketable ghost stories suitable for all audiences. [ALL LEVELS]

(click here for a complete list of events)

International Eating and Reading Night

October 11, 2016 @ 6:00pm
Carnegie Center
251 W. Second St.
Lexington, KY 40507

FREE (but you are encouraged to bring a dish to share)

(click here to view event info)

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

Savor the international literary and culinary flavors of the Bluegrass region! Bring a poem in your native language to read (optional). We’ll enjoy the tastes and sounds of a variety of cuisines and languages. Join us as we celebrate Central Kentucky’s diversity. Adults and children welcome!

Schedule

  • 6:00 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 pm – Open mic (3-minute limit per reader)
  • 7:00 pm – Featured readers FREE

no registration required Bring an ethnic dish to share!

(click here for a complete list of events)

After the Storm, the Ruined Mountains: Thomas Zemsky & Jeremy Paden Book Release

October 20 @ 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
251 W. Second St.
Lexington, KY 40507

FREE

(click here to view event)

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

After an Open Mic–that will include some local high school and university writers–Thomas Zemsky, who holds an MFA from Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and worked, for a long time, with the International Book Project, and Jeremy Paden, who is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Transylvania University, will read from their recent books of poems published by Broadstone Press. Fredrick Smock says Zemsky possesses a “deft poetic intelligence.” Ada Limon calls Paden’s poems “lyrically precise and beautifully attentive.”

(click here for a complete list of events)

20th Annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing–featuring Silas House
October 23, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Kentucky Room of the Kentucky Museum and Library
WKU
1400 Kentucky St
Bowling Green, KY 42101

FREE

(click here to view event info)

A celebration of writing, including a presentation by Silas House, with a reception and book signing to follow. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Potter College and the Creative Writing Committee of the Department of English. This event is free and open to the public.

(click here for a complete list of events)

Mary Ann Taylor-Hall reading
October 24, 2016 @ 11:00 am
Owensboro Community and Technical College
Blandford Hall, Humanities Building
4800 New Hartford Rd
Owensboro, KY 42303

FREE

(click here to view event)

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

The public is welcome at this free reading by Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, hosted by the OCTC Common Reading program. A book signing will follow, and books will be available for purchase. The campus is reading Come and Go, Molly Snow as the fall 2016 Common Reading.

(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.

Kentucky Literary Newsletter:
September 2016

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September 2016 Kentucky Literary Newsletter
Welcome to your monthly Kentucky Literary Newsletter! Harvest has come early! This Fall is teeming with events including book launches, conferences, and readings, in addition to regular writing classes and open mics! If you are a literary organization in Kentucky, we encourage you to submit your dates and descriptions as soon as you’re able via our new submission manager! If you’d like to see all of the events on the calendar each month, all you have to do is click here!

If you’d like to submit an event to be included on the calendar, follow this link, click 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.

If you are receiving this email because it’s been passed along by a friend, you’re welcome to subscribe to our newsletter here.

We hope you enjoy the KY Lit News as well as our new interactive calendar which now resides on the Carnegie Center’s Red Door Writers Blog, and we look forward to our continued relationship with writers from around the state!

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September 2016″

Kentucky Literary Newsletter:
August 2016

August, 2016

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August 2016 Kentucky Literary Newsletter
Welcome to your monthly Kentucky Literary Newsletter! This Fall is going to be full of literaryactivity, so if you are a literary organization in Kentucky, we encourage you to submit your events as soon as you’re able via our new submission manager! If you’d like to see all of the events on the calendar each month, all you have to do is click here!If you’d like to submit an event to be included on the calendar, follow this link, click 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.

If you are receiving this email because it’s been passed along by a friend, you’re welcome to subscribe to our newsletter here.

We hope you enjoy the KY Lit News as well as our new interactive calendar which now resides on the Carnegie Center’s Red Door Writers Blog, and we look forward to our continued relationship with writers from around the state!

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August 2016″

Kentucky Literary Newsletter:
July 2016

Kentucky Literary Newsletter

July, 2016

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Attention: New Format for the Newsletter
Welcome to your monthly Kentucky Literary Newsletter! We hope you enjoy our streamlined look and interactive calendar which now resides on the Carnegie Center’s Red Door Writers Blog!

Each month, we’ll be highlighting a few events from around the state that are submitted to our calendar via our submission manager! If you’d like to see all of the events on the calendar each month, all you have to do is click here!

If you’d like 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 like to 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.

Again, we hope you enjoy our revamped look of the KY Lit News and we look forward to a continued relationship with writers from around the state!

Bianca Spriggs
Literary Arts Liaison
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

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July 2016″