Tommy Womack’s first non-fiction work since 1995’s Cheese Chronicles is a rollicking, hair-raising, and damned funny, journey through the center of Tommy Womack’s battle-scarred mind. Zipping back and forth in time, from childhood to trying to find the gig in Boston to waking up in jail to memories of dad and high school, dust bunnies is about ADD, alcohol, Jesus, rehab, small-town Kentucky, depression, Tourette’s, masturbation, rock and roll, life on the road, and life off the road.
Anthony Harkins is a professor of history at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he teaches courses in popular culture and twentieth-century United States history and American studies. He is the author of Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon.
Travis Linnemann teaches in Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University.
Richard Hague is Writer-in-Residence at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky and author of Studied Days: Poems Early & Late in Appalachia.
Dwight B. Billings is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Appalachian Studies at the University of Kentucky and author of Appalachia in Regional Context: Place Matters.
Ivy Brashear is is the Appalachian Transition Coordinator at the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development in Berea, Kentucky.
As a performer, songwriter, and actor, Will Oldham has carved a singular path through the worlds of indie folk and cinema. Now the critically acclaimed, enigmatic artist presents his life’s work: the lyrics to more than two hundred songs spanning the 1980s to the present, each with annotations that impart new meaning to his music.
Oldham’s aphoristic meditations―on death, patience, and turning carelessness into a virtue―are, like his lyrics, profound, earthy, and often funny. They reveal flashes of Oldham’s philosophy, the sources and circumstances that inspired his lyrics, and the literary ambition of his songwriting. Separated from their aural form, Oldham’s lyrics become a new kind of poetry―candid, awkward, and wise―with influences as diverse as Rabindranath Tagore and The Mekons.
A book that will delight his longtime fans and inspire young songwriters, Songs of Love and Horror reveals an artist who has captured extraordinary poetry in music despite being "a stranger among my own language."
David E. Orberson earned a Master of Theological Studies from Saint Meinrad School of Theology and a PhD from the University of Louisville's Comparative Humanities program. He has taught theology part time at Bellarmine University in Louisville since 2007 and has been working in the insurance and risk management industry for nearly three decades.
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.