Richard Taylor is professor of English and Kenan Visiting Writer at Transylvania University and former Poet Laureate of Kentucky. Taylor has written over a dozen books, including Girty and Earth Bones. His new release, Elkhorn: Evolution of a Kentucky Landscape, has been named winner of the Thomas D. Clark Medallion. He lives near the banks of the Elkhorn outside of Frankfort.
Jeffrey Skinner is Professor Emeritus at the University of Louisville, where he began his teaching career in 1988. A Guggenheim Fellow, Skinner's latest full collection of poems, Chance Divine, won the Field Prize. His chapbook, White Boys from Hell, appeared in 2018 from C&R Press.
Randal Maurice Jelks is Professor of African and African American Studies and American Studies. He holds courtesy appointments in History, Religious Studies, and is the co-Editor of the Journal of American Studies. Jelks is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA in History), McCormick Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity) and Michigan State University (Ph.D.in Comparative Black Histories).
Picture: Muhammad Ali: An intimate look at the life and times of Louisville's most famous son, through the eyes of the Courier Journal photo staff. A revealing behind the scenes look at the champ from age 12 to the day he was laid to rest.
Picture: Kentucky: A love letter to the state, its people and places and the travels of the photo staff of the Courier Journal.
Please join us as we celebrate Muhammad Ali, Black History Month, the state of Kentucky, and the photographers featured in these two gorgeous books. This is not one to miss!
Dr. Kristi Maxwell is the author of six books of poetry: Bright and Hurtless (Ahsahta Press), Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta Press), Hush Sessions (Saturnalia Books), Re- (Ahsahta), That Our Eyes Be Rigged (Saturnalia), and PLAN/K (Horseless Press). Her scholarly publications include articles on experimental writing practices and the hybrid writing of Jenny Boully and Anne Carson, and her research interests involve theories of representation and difference, textual performance, and the body. A former Elliston Poetry Fellow, she received a PhD in Creative Writing & Literature, along with a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, where she served as editor-in-chief of Sonora Review. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department.
Jeffrey Skinner is Professor Emeritus at the University of Louisville, where he began his teaching career 1988. A Guggenheim Fellow, Skinner's latest full collection of poems, Chance Divine, won the Field Prize. His chapbook, White Boys from Hell, appeared in 2018 from C&R Press. He fully expects to see all his former U of L students at the reading, though he hastens to add that there will NO TEST afterward.
Joe Keith Bickett lives roughly sixty miles south of Louisville in Raywick, Kentucky near the small but beautiful Rolling Fork River. In 1989, he was one of many central Kentuckians who were convicted in federal court in Louisville for his role in infamous “The Cornbread Mafia.” He served over twenty years in federal prison for growing and selling marijuana.
Since his release from federal prison in 2011, Joe Keith has worked as a law clerk and paralegal in Lebanon, Kentucky and is an avid supporter of prison reform for nonviolent offenders and legalization of marijuana.
Flora K. Schildknecht has published fiction in The Louisville Review, 2nd & Church, The Chaffin Journal, and Sisyphus. Her work has been nominated twice for the Pushcart prize. She earned an MFA from Spalding University, where she studied fiction and screenwriting. Her love of travel has taken her to Japan, Tanzania, Argentina, Mexico, Great Britain, and to Scandinavia and much of Europe. She lives with her husband and their son in Louisville, Kentucky, and teaches at Bellarmine University.
She and her family often enjoy weekends at their condo in the Lakeview East neighborhood of Chicago.
Annette Allen is the author of two books of poetry: Country of Light, which recieved the Lee Witte Award, and What Vanishes, which was awarded the Dr. Guy Award by the Winston-Salem Arts Council. A MacDowell Colony Fellow, she is the recipient of three statewide arts council poetry awards, and recently, a Poetry Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council for 2018-19.
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Published: Louisville Review Corp. and Fleur-de-Lis Pres - November 1st, 2018
Bad choices, deliberate and otherwise, compose the terrain. The dark side of the human heart is in full nuanced display here. It is nothing short of wonderful to see the anger and self-regard of girls and women fully mounted
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Published: Negative Capability Press - January 14th, 2019
With depth, warmth, and a piquant play of detail, Annette Allen's splendid volume of new and selected poems, The Cruel Radiance of What Is, richly fulfills a life's work in poetry. All the contradictions and ambiguities of her title, both brilliance and the possibility of harm, vibrate with what it means to be alive in these readable--and re-readable--poems.