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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).

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

& Grace: selections from Lexington Poetry Month 2015 — The Cover
Book Release

& Grace: selections from Lexington Poetry Month 2015

& Grace: selections from Lexington Poetry Month 2015 edited by Christopher McCurry

cover art “Balancing Act” by Audrey Rooney

More details, including release date and price, coming soon…

Holler 94: Crystal Wilkinson, Christopher McCurry, Nicholas Penn
Poetry Readings

Tonight’s Holler Poets Series will feature Affrilachian Poet Crystal Wilkinson, Accents Publishing’s own Christopher McCurry, and the musical stylings of Nicholas Penn.

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Crystal Wilkinson’s The Birds of Opulence is currently available from University Press of Kentucky. It tells the story of the Goode-Brown family, particularly matriarch Minnie Mae, as they deal with mental illness and illegitimacy. Kate Weiss of Leo Weekly calls The Birds of Opulence “swift and beautiful”.

Christopher McCurry’s Nearly Perfect Photograph (Two of Cups Press) is a collection of marriage sonnets that will quickly resonate with any husband or wife. In an interview with Nettie Farris for New Southerner, Christopher says that he chose the sonnet because “Sonnets are supposed to put ideas, emotions, concepts, in conflict with one another” (source). The collection is all about the different kinds of conflict in a marriage-like relationship.

Nicholas Penn is a Lexington musician known for acoustic guitar and singing melancholy, but emotionally-charged, original songs. He has performed at various gatherings, recently performing at the Lexington Art League’s “Artist: Body” exhibit on March 25th. You can see one of his performances in the video below.

When: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 8pm
Where: Al’s Bar
601 N Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 309-2901

Christopher McCurry’s Nearly Perfect Photograph

Nearly Perfect Photograph by Christopher McCurry from Two of Cups PressWe are pleased to announce that Accents Editor Christopher McCurry has his second chapbook, Nearly Perfect Photograph: Marriage Sonnets, available from Two of Cups Press.

In an interview with Nettie Farris, Christopher talks about his use of the sonnet and the autobiographical nature of his poetry. When asked what Christopher, as a high school teacher, wants his children to learn, he says, “Allow others their humanity and to claim their own.”

You can see the rest of that interview by clicking here.

Nearly Perfect Photograph is currently available from Two of Cups Press.

Kentucky Poetry Events on Friday, March 23, 2016
Poetry Readings

In Lexington, the Spalding MFA Program will be having a reading at Wild Fig Books Coffee with students and alums. The event will be hosted by Savannah Sipple and the readers include:

When: Friday, March 25, 2016 @ 7pm
Where: Wild Fig Books & Coffee
726 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 252-3052

Dave Harrity Our Father in the Year of the Wolf

In Louisville, Dave Harrity will be celebrating the release of his book, Our Father in the Year of the Wolf (WordFarm, 2016), at Highland Morning. The celebration is titled “Breakfast-for-Dinner Book Release Celebration!”. There will also be appearances by several readers, two of which will be very familiar to the Accents audience. Readers include:

When: Thursday, March 25, 2016 @ 6:30pm
Where: Highland Morning
1416 Bardstown Rd
Lo9uisville, KY 40204
(502) 365-3900

Bigger Than They Appear Reading summary (Part 4)

In 2012, the Lexington Public Library recorded and produced a reading held at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. This event featured readings from Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems.

For the full list of videos, click here.

The poets were asked to read one of their poems as well as someone else’s. Below are the poets, the time stamp where they appear in the video, and the poems they read. Katerina Stoykova-Klemer is the emcee between poets.

“This Morning Something Beautiful is Angry” by Christopher McCurry

Accents Editor Christopher McCurry reads from his chapbook, Splayed (ELJ Publications) during a reading by Sundress Academy for the Arts.