Last month, the Chevy Chaser and Southsider published an article I wrote about the 100th installment of the Holler Poets Series (click here for event info). For the article, I interviewed Eric Scott Sutherland during a slow night at Al’s Bar. I recorded our 45-minute conversation and later transcribed it.
Below is a story Eric told that I wanted to share. This story came up because I asked, “What got you into nature conservation?” (more…)
This Friday, September 30th, marks the 100th Holler Poets Series event at Al’s Bar as well as the last monthly installment of the series. While series founder Eric Scott Sutherland hasn’t made any concrete plans, he has hinted that it will continue in some form, just not as a monthly series and not necessarily at Al’s Bar.
Below are a few news articles about Holler 100.
This month, there are quite a few events in Lexington, Kentucky celebrating National Poetry Month. Here are a few of them.
This Thursday, April 7th, at 6pm, the Morris book shop. Hosted, as always, by Elizabeth Beck and Jay McCoy. Open mic sign-up starts at 5:45pm.
The 92nd Holler Poets Series will feature readings from DaMaris Hill and Nettie Farris accompanied by music from The Woodsheep.
DaMaris Hill is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. Her latest poetry collection, \ Vi-zə-bəl \ \ Teks-chərs \ (Visible Textures) (Mammoth Publications, 2015) are inspired by GPS technology and deal with the space in Kansas of a 2013 highway that was, in 1854, an Indian reservation.
Nettie Farris is the author of Communion (Accents Publishing, 2013) and—most recently—Fat Crayons (Finishing Line Press 2015). According to her 2015 LexPoMo bio, Nettie spends her spare time writing poems, practicing yoga, attending mass, praying the rosary, and, like Alice, going to tea parties.
The Woodsheep are Andrew Preston and Austin Tackett. Hailing from Morehead, Kentucky, The Woodsheep “aim to highlight the diversity, creativity, and storytelling that abound in their ever-evolving eastern Kentucky home by shoring up their own roots” (source).
Open mic sign-ups start at 6:45. Also, don’t forget the cold, hard cash for books, albums, and donations into the Holler Bucket.
Along with the announcement of the 92nd Holler Poets Series reading, Eric Scott Sutherland announced that the 100th show would be the last monthly installment of the series.
|When:||Wednesday, January 27, 2016 @ 8pm|
|601 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
Eric Scott Sutherland speaks about what the Holler Poets Series is and what it’s meant to him. He describes it as a place where “the poet can be the rock star for the night.” He also says that it’s all about empowering everyone who comes out, poet and audience.
“The beauty of Holler is that we’ve had people who’ve never thought they’d get onstage and open their mouths and share something. That almost brings more pleasure to me than someone trying to get a writing career, publish a book, which are great things.”
The Holler Poets Series is the last Wednesday of every month at Al’s Bar in Lexington, Kentucky.
The above video was created by Brandon Turner of Unsung Hero Media.
man eats salt not pepper
from a tiny paper packet
you’d get more business if you did
The KY Great Writers Series will be tonight at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, KY. An open mic will precede the event at 7pm and sign-ups will begin shortly before that.
Eric Scott Sutherland is a hawk watcher, Kentucky creek walker, tree loving Lorax, community and event organizer, the author of two chapbooks and the full-length collection incommunicado (2007). pendulum (Accents Publishing) is his fourth book of poems. He is the creator and host of Holler Poets Series, a monthly celebration of literature and music since 2008. Eric makes his nest in Lexington. Follow Eric and Holler at www.ericscottsutherland.com.
Erin Keane recently released Demolition of the Promised Land, a collection of poetry that has Bruce Springsteen as “guide, ghost, and accidental guru” (source). She has also published Death-Defying Acts and The Gravity Soundtrack. She is also a pop culture writer with published articles all over the place.
|When:||Tuesday, April 14, 2015 @ 7pm|
|Where:||The Carnegie Center|
|251 W. Second St.|
|Lexington, KY 40507|
Ron Houchin lives across the Ohio River from his hometown of Huntington, West Virginia. You can read some of his poetry at Connotation Press, Cortland Review, Still: The Journal, and Salmon Poetry. His latest collection of poetry is The Quiet Jars (Salmon Poetry).
According to his bio at Still: The Journal, Denton Loving “lives on a farm near the historic Cumberland Gap, where Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia come together” (source). You can find some of his writing at Town Creek Poetry, a review of his latest book at The Tishman Review, and an interview with the Rappahannock Review. His latest book of poetry is Crimes Against Birds (Main Street Rag Company 2014).
a gun rack
locked in a spare bedroom
where quilts lay spread
across peaceful beds
Also, Ellen Birkett Morris will appear as a special guest and as part of Pages & Pint’s partnership with EKU’s Creative Writing MFA Program, the Bluegrass Writers Studio.
|When:||Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 8pm|
|228 South Second St.|
|Richmond, KY 40475|
-Eric Scott Sutherland,
In 2010, Accents hosted a launch party for Stick Tight Man and The View from Down Here. Here is a video of Eric Scott Sutherland reading at the event.