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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.

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

Pat Owen & Audrey Rooney at the Wild Fig
Poetry Readings

sky bridgePat Owen and Audrey Rooney will both read from their debut books at the Wild Fig on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

Pat Owen’s Crossing the Sky Bridge (Larkspur Press) is a poetry collection about love, loss, family, and the natural world. Owen started writing as a way to deal with the illness and eventual death of her partner of 30 years, Ellen Bourke Ewing. The book was recently recommended in the Courier-Journal by Jayne Moore Waldrop.



Fountains for Orpheus by Audrey RooneyAudrey Rooney’s Fountains for Orpheus is Accents Publishing’s newest poetry collection. Covering such topics as love, loss, and the natural world, Audrey’s shares some similarities to Pat Owen’s. However, Orpheus also contains several translations of Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus along with responses by the author.

For more information, click here to see the Facebook Event page.

When: Thursday, August 20, 2016 @ 2:30pm
Where: Wild Fig Books + Coffee
726 N Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 252-3052

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

Poetry Reading: Frank X Walker’s ENG 407 Students
Free Poetry Events

The Wild Fig Coffee & Books will host a reading by students of Frank X Walker’s ENG 407 class. The University of Kentucky students include Chris Best, Lauren Chelsea Comberger, Sabirah Rayford, and Shannan Slone.

For more information, check out the Facebook Event page.

When: Friday, December 11, 2015 @ 6pm
Where: The Wild Fig
726 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 252-3052

Accents Radio 10/17/14: Amanda Johnston
Free Poetry Events,

Amanda Johnston sits in to talk with Katerina and read some of her own poetry. She’ll also be reading this evening at The Wild Fig with fellow Affrilachian Poets Jeremy Paden and Bianca Spriggs.

Don’t forget to tune in at 2pm on WRFL 88.1FM on the radio, or you can stream it live on the web.

For the reading at The Wild Fig:

When: Friday, October 17, 2014 @ 6:30pm
Where: The Wild Fig
1439 Leestown Road
Lexington, KY 40511
(859) 381-8133


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