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Black Bone: Affrilachian Poets 25th Anniversary Reading & Book Release
Poetry Readings

Black Bone is an exhibit at Transylvania University’s Morlan Art Gallery that will run from January 13th through February 14th. This Thursday, January 19th, will be a public reading and book release party with several Affrilachian Poets, including Accents published authors Jeremy Paden and Bianca Spriggs. (more…)

Katerina Hosts Seminar on Bulgarian Methods for Health, Beauty, Protection and Connection to Spirit

Founder and Senior Editor of Accents Publishing, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, will be hosting a workshop this weekend in Danville, Kentucky focused on health, beauty, protection and connection to spirit.

Here is information from Katerina:

Would you like to learn a series of time-tested and widely-used methods and recipes created and used by the Bulgarian people? What are some typical spiritual rituals and traditions? What are some things Bulgarians do when they need to boost their immune system, get over a cold, take care of their skin, protect from negativity, get rid of a headache or heal from an emotional shock?

This one-day workshop is taught by the Bulgarian-American Katerina Stoykova who was born and raised in Bulgaria and has lived in the USA for over twenty years. Workshop is offered on Saturday, the 14th of January 2017 and Sunday, the 15th of January 2017, so choose the day that works best for you. We will start at 10 am and will finish at 2pm, with a short lunch break in between. Cost is $50.00, and it includes a delicious, authentic Bulgarian lunch.

If you would like more information about specific locations, dates, and reservations, please fill out the following contact form, which will send an email directly to Katerina.

Bianca Bargo on Keep Louisville Literary
Press & Mentions

Yesterday morning, Bianca Bargo met the host of Keep Louisville Literary, Rachel Short, and talked about How I Became an Angry Woman, Workhorse, and the Gauntlet.

The recording begins with music. At about 3m24s, it cuts to a coffee shop interview with Matthew Haughton. At one point, Rachel Short interrupts the interview to say that traffic is heavy and that Bianca is on her way.

At 9m45s, Bianca’s interview begins. They chit-chat about not being a morning person even though she’s a school counselor at an Elementary School. (more…)

Accents’ Editor Christopher McCurry on NPR
Press & Mentions

Boston’s NPR news station, WBUR 93.9FM, recently asked a few book experts about their choices for the Best Books of 2016, and included picks by Lexington’s own Ron Davis. Ron Davis, one of the owners of Wild Fig Books & Coffee, recommended Christopher McCurry‘s Nearly Perfect Photograph (Two of Cups Press, 2016) and even read a poem from the collection!

Ron describes Christopher’s book as “hilarious and profound”, calling Christopher a “very good writer”. You can find the recording by clicking here. Ron Davis begins at around 9m18s and he talks about Christopher McCurry at the 17m50s mark.

Ron Davis owns Wild Fig Books & Coffee with Crystal Wilkinson, author of the novel The Birds of Opulence (University Press of Kentucky, 2016). Ron Davis sometimes goes by the pseudonym “upfromsumdirt” and is the author of the poetry collection Caul & Response (Argus House Press, 2015).

“Where I’m From” Poetry Submission Deadline December 1st
Writing Opportunities

image from the Kentucky Arts Council website

image from the Kentucky Arts Council website

Accents readers might be interested in “Where I’m From”: A Poetry of Place, which is an annual celebration of Kentucky poetry originating from George Ella Lyon’s poem of the same name.

One of the goals of this celebration is to collect a “Where I’m From” poem from all 120 counties in Kentucky. For more information and rules, please click here. For a list of your county’s representative, click here.

The deadline to submit a poem is December 1st, 2016.

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Pulitzer Winning Poet Natasha Tretheway to Speak at Louisville Public Library
Poetry Readings

image by SLOWKING

image by SLOWKING

Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate of the United States Natasha Tretheway has been named Distinguished Writer in Residence for Spalding’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing. She will speak on Tuesday, November 15 at 5:30pm.

Tretheway won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2007 for her collection Native Guard (Mariner Books, 2007). She will give a presentation that is free to the public, but pre-registration is required.

Click here for information from the Kentucky Literary Calendar.

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 @ 5:30-6:30pm
Where: Louisville Free Public Library
Main Branch
301 York St.
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 574-1644

Spalding MFA Presents a Celebration of Kentucky Poets
Poetry Readings

On Sunday, the Spalding MFA in Writing will hold a reading by established poets from around the state, including Accents-published poets Jeremy Paden (Broken Tulips, 2013) and Frederick Smock (The Deer at Gethsemani: Eclogues, 2011). The event is part of a weekend-long celebration that includes a faculty reading on Saturday and an open house Sunday morning.

Readings will include:

Click here for event information from the Kentucky Literary Calendar.

When: Sunday, November 13, 2016 @ 5:30-6:45pm
Where: Spalding University
Egan Leadership Center
901 S 4th St
Louisville, KY 40507
(502) 873-4400

Teen Howl 5th Anniversary Celebration
Poetry Readings

Teen Howl 5th Anniversary Series

Tonight’s Teen Howl will celebrate the series’ fifth anniversary, and will take place at the Carnegie Center in Lexington, Kentucky instead of the Morris Book Shop. The featured poet is Amelia Martens, author of The Spoons in the Grass are There To Dig a Moat (Sarabande Books, 2016).

Open mic will start at 6pm, so show up a few minutes early to sign up!

Click here for Facebook Event page

When: Thursday, November 3, 2016 @ 6pm
Where: Carnegie Center
251 W. Second St.
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 254-4175

The monthly event features the best of Lexington’s young poets (including an open mic), and headlines an under 20-year-old featured poet as well as an accomplished guest in the poetry community. Founded in 2011 by Elizabeth Beck and Jay McCoy, the name is based off of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”, which the group read in pieces during their initial meetings.

The Gauntlet Poetry Reading
Poetry Readings

Workhorse Writers CollectiveThis Thursday, November 3rd, at Wild Fig Coffee & Books in Lexington, Kentucky is The Gauntlet Poetry Reading, which will include Bianca BargoSue ChurchillJaria GordonKristen Miller, and Robin Rahija.

The Gauntlet is a year-long intensive in which nine writers of prose and poetry collaborate in order to complete a “substantial amount of new work and read one contemporary book in their chosen genre and one essay on craft.” (source)

Workhorse Writers Collective is dedicated to promoting “the social art of writing.” (source) The organization was founded in 2016 by former Accents intern Robin Rahija and current Accents Editor Christopher McCurry.

Click here for the Facebook Event page

When: Thursday, November 3, 2016 @ 6-7pm
Where: Wild Fig Coffee & Books
726 N Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 252-3052

Jeremy Paden & Thomas Zemsky Reading, Open Mic
Poetry Readings

Ruina Montium by Jeremy Paden (Broadstone Books, 2016)On Thursday, October 20th at the Carnegie Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Jeremy Paden and Thomas Zemsky will be reading from their newest poetry collections from Broadstone Books. The event will begin with an open mic at 6pm.

Jeremy Paden (author of Broken Tulips) is an Associate Spanish Professor and Program Director for the Foreign Languages department at Transylvania University as well as an Affrilachian Poet. His newest collection, ruina montium (Broadstone Books, 2016), delves into the 33 miners trapped in a copper mine in Chile in 2010.

After the Storm by Thomas Zemsky (Broadstone Books, 2016)Thomas Zemsky has an MFA from the prestigious Iowa Writer’s Workshop and spent a long time working with the International Book Project. After the Storm (Broadstone Books, 2016) draws on Zemsky’s fifty years of writing poetry. According to the book’s description, Zemsky talks about:

themes as diverse as a presidential inauguration and a letter from Frankenstein’s creature, with a horse on a ladder and a cast of other memorably improbable characters along the way, all served up in language that is delightfully quirky and often subversively wry.


Click here for the Facebook Event page

Click here for more information from the Kentucky Literary Calendar

When: Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 6pm
Where: Carnegie Center
251 W. Second St.
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 254-4175