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Eating Turtles: An Anecdote from Eric Scott Sutherland
Interview


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…)


Holler 100 in the Media
Author Update








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.

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Holler Poets Series 99: The Affrilachian Poets 25th Anniversary
Poetry Readings




This Wednesday, August 31, the Holler poets will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Affrilachian Poets with a selection of poets curated by Frank X Walker and the musical stylings of DeBraun Thomas.

When: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 @ 8pm
Where: Al’s Bar
601 N Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 309-2901

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Holler 98: Drew Pomeroy, Randi Ward, The Local Honeys
Poetry Readings






The 98th monthly Holler Poets Series will feature poets Drew Pomeroy and Randi Ward as well as musical guests The Local Honeys.

Drew Pomeroy is an alumnus of Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing as well as a 2014 nominee for the Pushcart Prize. Pomeroy is the Poetry Editor for Winter Tangerine Review and lives in Louisville.

This will be Randi Ward’s Holler debut. Ward has spent a lot of time in Scandinavia with an MA in Cultural Studies at the University of the Faroe Islands and has ties to Norway and Iceland. Her newest book, Whipstitches, is available from MadHat Press.

The Local Honeys will also be celebrating their debut with the album Little Girls Actin’ Like Men. The Local Honeys is composed of Montana Hobbs and Linda Jean Stokley.

For more information, visit the Facebook Event page.

When: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 @ 8pm
Where: Al’s Bar
601 N Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 309-2901

National Poetry Month in Lexington
Free Poetry Events
















This month, there are quite a few events in Lexington, Kentucky celebrating National Poetry Month. Here are a few of them.

If you would like any events added to our event calendar, please click here to contact us.

Teen Howl 52 featuring Josh Rivera

Teen Howl 52 with Josh RiveraThis 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.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
6pm @ the Morris book shop
882 E High Street,
Lexington, KY 40502 (more…)


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.

Click here for the Facebook Event page.

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

Holler 92: DaMaris Hill, Nettie Farris, The Woodsheep
Poetry Readings





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 LexPoMo 2015Nettie 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 bandcamp album coverThe 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.

Facebook Event page.

When: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 @ 8pm
Where: Al’s Bar
601 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 309-2901

Interview with Eric Scott Sutherland about the Holler Poets Series
video


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.


Holler Poets Series 90: Maggie Smith, Jay McCoy, Squeaky Feet
Free Poetry Events




The 90th Holler Poets Series will feature award-winning poet Maggie Smith, Accents’ newest poet Jay McCoy, and musical guest Squeaky Feet.

Maggie Smith (photo by Lauren Powers)

Maggie Smith
(photo by Lauren Powers)

Maggie Smith has won awards for her books The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015) and Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005). She is from Columbus, Ohio and received her Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University.

Jay McCoyJay McCoy is co-founder of the Teen Howl Poetry Series in Lexington, Kentucky (along with Elizabeth Beck). Teen Howl is an open-mic for the under-21 crowd and always hosts a teen and adult feature. Jay’s newest collection, The Occupation (Accents Publishing, 2015), is currently available from the Accents Store.

Squeaky Feet is a band featuring Arlo Barnette and Zoey Barrett. They also played at Holler 71 with GA Smith and Sherry Chandler. You can visit their Bandcamp page here or like them on Facebook.

Check out the Facebook Event page for more information.

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 @ 8pm
Where: Al’s Bar
601 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 309-2901

Holler Poets Series 89: Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Pauletta Hansel, & DeBraun Thomas
Free Poetry Events




image by John Lackey

image by John Lackey

The 89th Holler Poets Series will feature Accents Publishing’s Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel’s Pauletta Hansel, and the musical guest will be WUKY’s DeBraun Thomas.

 

 

 

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer is Accents Publishing’s Senior Editor and founder; she also starred and co-wrote Thomas Southerland’s Proud Citizen.

 

 

 

pauletta-hansel-closePauletta Hansel is celebrating her fifth book of poetry, Tangle (Dos Madres Press, 2015) which came out in September.

 

 

 

image by Bev Denton

image by Bev Denton

Also, DeBraun Thomas is celebrating the release of his debut album All My Colors Are Blind.

 

 

 

 

Check out the Facebook Event page for more information.

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 @ 8pm
Where: Al’s Bar
601 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 309-2901