Kentucky Literary Events

Our True Colors: The Rainbow of Science
Friday, February 28th, 2020
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Pivot Brewing (1400 Deleware Ave)
 
Rainbow (Part I)
Elbow of Capture: Poetry and Geology | Julia Johnson, UK College of Arts & Sciences (English)
"Bright Brown-Edged Sword" The Science of Strange Colors in Old English Battle Poetry | Matthew Giancarlo, UK College of Arts & Sciences (English)
How Words Do (and Don't) Color Our View of the World | Kevin McGowan, UK College of Arts & Sciences (Linguistics)
 
 
Accents Reading Series
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
6:00pm - 8:00pm
UK Art Museum
 
Join us for a monthly reading series with open mic time organized by Katerina Stoykova and Accents Publishing.
 
 
Literary Migrations: Gaines Center for the Humanities
Thursday March 5th, 2020
6:00pm
Hardymon Theatre
 
Greetings from the Gaines Center for the Humanities! We are pleased so announce that for our 2020 Lafayette Seminar, the Gaines Center for Humanities at the University of Kentucky will be hosting a conversation with bestselling authors Sena Jeter Naslund and David King. This event will take place on March 5 at 6:00pm in the Hardymon Theatre at 329 Rose Street.   Naslund is a co-founder and program director of the Spalding University (Louisville) brief-residency MFA in Writing, where she edits The Louisville Review and Fleur-de-Lis Press. A winner of the Harper Lee Award and the Southeastern Library Association Fiction award, she is the author of eight previous works of fiction, including Ahab's Wife, a finalist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formally the Orange Prize). She is retired from her position as Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville. Naslund is a 2020 Kentucky Writer’s Hall of Fame inductee and keynote speaker. David King is a Gaines alumnus and best-selling author of four books of history and narrative nonfiction, including Death in the City of Light and The Trial of Adolf Hitler. A Fulbright Scholar with a master's degree from Cambridge University, King taught European history at the University of Kentucky. He has been honored as a Fellow of the American-Scandinavian Foundation and a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society. The theme of the evening will be “Literary Migrations: Kentucky Authors Writing Beyond Place.” Additional details for the event can be found below. This event is free and open to the public—however space if limited so we are requiring guests to pre-register via our Eventbrite page.  We hope to see you there!
 
 
Visiting Writers Series - Madeline ffitch
Thursday March 12th
7:00pm
Worsham Theater-Gatton Student Center
 
Madeline Ffitch is the author of the novel Stay and Fight (FSG 2019) and the story collection Valparaiso, Round the Horn (2014). She was a founding member of the punk theater company The Missoula Oblongata and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo and at the MacDowell Colony. She writes and organizes in Appalachian Ohio. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Kentucky MFA Visiting Writers Series and the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center and Appalachian Studies Program.
 
 
W.D. Ehrhart Poetry Reading
Tuesday March 31st
3:00pm
Lexmark Room, Main Building, UK's campus
 
William Daniel Ehrhart served 13 months in Vietnam. He subsequently earned bachelor's and master's degrees, and (at the age of 52) a doctorate. He has published in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Winning Hearts and Minds: War Poems by Vietnam Veterans. Exclusively a poet until he was almost 30, he has since written and published a wide variety of nonfiction prose from 400-word newspaper commentaries to 40-page scholarly essays to 400-page personal narratives.The influence of Ehrhart's encounter with the Vietnam War can readily be seen in his writing, but though he is known primarily as a "Vietnam War poet," in fact his subject matter ranges widely. He has written essays and articles on such topics as radio disc jockeys, tugboats on the Delaware River, the Internal Revenue Service, and a variety of modern and contemporary poets from William Wantling to Daniel Hoffman. His wife and daughter are major sources of inspiration for his poetry. His poems also reflect his respect for nature, his love of friends, his active engagement with the world around him, and his consternation at the human condition.
 
 
An Evening with Bernard Clay, author of English Lit
Thursday April 2nd
6:30 
Niles Gallery-
 
Clay is a UK MFA  alum and a recipient of a Nikky Finney fellowship and a Lyman T. Johnson fellowship. He will read from his newly published collection of poems, English Lit, published by Old Cove Press and discuss his experiences as an African American graduate student at UK. Current candidates for the MFA in Creative Writing degree who are also recipients of the Nikky Finney and/or Lyman T. Johnson fellowships will also share their work.
 
 
2019-2020 Kentucky Great Writers Series
Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
6:00pm
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

Jeff Worley, Lucky Talk
John James, The Milk Hours
Savannah Sipple, WWJD and Other Poems

The Kentucky Great Writers Series connects authors to readers and writers in an intimate atmosphere. Each event starts at 6:00 pm with a 25-minute open-mic session to give the audience a chance to participate. At 6:30 the readings by featured authors will begin. Each author will read for 15-20 minutes from a work of their choice. After the readings, the audience will have the opportunity to purchase and have books signed by the authors.

 
2019-2020 Kentucky Great Writers Series
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
6:00pm
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

Jeffrey Skinner, I Offer This Container: New and Selected
Michael Croley, Any Other Place: Stories
Carter Sickel, The Prettiest Star

The Kentucky Great Writers Series connects authors to readers and writers in an intimate atmosphere. Each event starts at 6:00 pm with a 25-minute open-mic session to give the audience a chance to participate. At 6:30 the readings by featured authors will begin. Each author will read for 15-20 minutes from a work of their choice. After the readings, the audience will have the opportunity to purchase and have books signed by the authors. 

 
2020 Books-in-Progress Conference 
June 5th - 7th, 2020
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

The 2020 Books-in-Progress Conference featuring keynote speaker Ada Limon is June 5-7, 2020, with optional pre-conference sessions and a welcome reception. Immerse yourself in craft and business workshops led by top authors and writing professionals, Topics include revision, fiction, nonfiction, YA, publishing, and more.

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

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