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.

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


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
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

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

Writers Persist

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


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


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.