Kentucky Author Showcase

Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wild Fig Coffee & Books
726 N Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
Wild Fig Coffee & Books
Kentucky Author Showcase @ Wild Fig Coffee & Books |  |  |

Come to Wild Fig Coffee and Books to hear from a few of Kentucky’s great authors!

Bianca Lynne Spriggs is an award-winning writer and multidisciplinary artist from Lexington, Kentucky. An Assistant Professor of English at Ohio University, Bianca is the author of four collections of poems, most recently Call Her By Her Name (Northwestern University Press, 2016) and The Galaxy Is a Dance Floor (Argos Books, 2016). She is the co-editor of three poetry anthologies, most recently Undead: Ghouls, Ghosts & More (Apex Publications, 2017) and the forthcoming Black Bone: 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets (University of Kentucky Press, 2018).

Willie Davis’s fiction has appeared in The Guardian, The Kenyon Review, At Length, and The Berkeley Fiction Review among several other places. He is the winner of the Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize (judged by Zadie Smith) and the Katherine Anne Porter Prize (judged by Amy Hempel). He received a scholarship from The Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a Fellowship from The Kentucky Arts Council.

Kelli Hansel Haywood is the mother of three daughters living in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky. She is a writer, spiritual explorer, and avid yogini. Featured in HuffPost, Pathways to Family Wellness, Daily Yonder, and Pine Mtn. Sand and Gravel.

Gary Bentley, born and raised in the small Appalachian coal field community of Whitesburg, Kentucky, where he lived for twenty nine years. Gary is a former underground coal miner of twelve years. In 2012, Gary was forced to leave his hometown in search for a new career as the coal market declined and jobs began to leave the region. He is currently residing in Lexington, Kentucky. Gary is sharing his stories of being a coal miner to educate the public on the realities of contemporary coal mining and Appalachia.

Donna Ison is an author (The Miracle of Myrtle: Saint Gone Wild and Flirtini with Disaster), playwright, vlogger, award-winning performance poet, and The Bourbonista. She also produces socially-conscious theatre; founded the feminist artist groups, The Sisters Provocateur and Broads United; recently performed the role of Daria Chase at Studio Players; and will be launching Lady of the Lake Press in the spring. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of MD-Update Magazine. Donna won the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning’s flash fiction contest in both 2016 and 2017. To learn more, visit

Also featuring musical guest Andrew Duckworth.

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