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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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

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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

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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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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.