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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…)

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

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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
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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!

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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.

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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.


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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

Upcoming Poetry Events
Poetry Readings

Over the next couple weeks, Kentucky offers opportunities to eat world cuisine while enjoying a reading, listen to the Affrilachian Poets while sipping on beer, and share an open mic with two esteemed poets.

These event listings came from the Kentucky Literary Calendar. (more…)

Bianca Spriggs Book Release Party
Poetry Readings

The Galaxy is a Dance Floor by Bianca Spriggs (Argos Books, 2016)Bianca Spriggs is hosting a release party at 21C Hotel Museum for her newest book, The Galaxy is a Dance Floor (Argos Books). The event will include music by The DeBraun Thomas Trio, the premiere of a short film called “Live From the Mothership”, a dance performance by Movement Continuum, and poetry readings.

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Bianca Spriggs is the author of How Swallowtails Become Dragons (Accents Publishing, 2011) and is the co-editor of Circe’s Lament: Anthology of Wild Women Poetry (Accents Publishing, 2016).

When: Thursday, September 22, 2016 @ 6pm-8pm
Where: 21C Hotel Museum
167 W Main St.
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 899-6800

Poetry at the KY Women Writers Conference
Poetry Readings


The Kentucky Women Writers Conference will be this weekend, September 15-18. While registration is required for the conference, there are a few free events that are open to the public:

The Wild Women of Poetry Slam

Saturday the 17th, 7-9:30pm @ Mitchell Fine Arts Center, Transylvania University

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is the headliner and celebrity judge, along with a panel including Sara Volpi, Amena Brown, Siaara Freeman, Ashlee Haze, Rheonna Thornton, Rachel Wiley, and Alyesha Wise.

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Sonia Series featuring Ursula Rucker

Thursday the 15th, 6pm @ The Carnegie Center

Spoken word artist Ursula Rucker will be talking with The Key Newsjournal’s Patrice Muhammad.

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Stars of the Commonwealth

Sunday the 18th, 10-11:30am @ The Carnegie Center

Formerly “Stars with Accents”, this year’s reading will include authors Sarah Gorham, Julie Hensley, and Bobbie Ann Mason. There will be a Q&A session afterwards with conference organizer Julie Wrinn.

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For more information about the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, click here. To see the complete itinerary of readings, workshops, and seminars, click here.

Teen Howl 57: Isaac Batts
Poetry Readings

Teen Howl 57 posterThursday’s Teen Howl will feature a reading from Isaac Batts. The reading will begin at 6pm at the Morris book shop in Lexington, Kentucky.

Open mic sign-ups begin at 5:45pm.

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When: Thursday, September 8, 2016 @ 6pm
Where: the Morris book shop
882 E. High St.
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 276-0494