We are excited to host Kentucky poets Bianca Spriggs and Jeremy Paden in a joint reading and signing. Additionally, we are happy once again have Lynnell Edwards host an interview portion during this event.
Lynnell Major Edwards is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, The Farmer's Daughter (2003), The Highwayman's Wife (2007), and Covet (2011) all from Red Hen Press. Most recently her chapbook Kings of the Rock and Roll Hot Shop was released by Accents Publishing (2014).
Bianca Spriggs is a multidisciplinary artist, Affrilachian Poet, and Cave Canem Fellow who lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky. Named as one of the Top 30 Performance Poets in the country by The Root, Bianca is the recipient of a 2013 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry, multiple Artist Enrichment and Arts Meets Activism grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and a Pushcart Prize Nominee.
Jeremy Paden was born in Italy and raised in Central America and the Caribbean. He received his Ph.D. In Latin American literature from Emory University. His poems have appeared in such places as the Atlanta Review, Beloit Poetry Review, Cortland Review, Louisville Review, Naugatuck Review, pluck!, and Rattle, among other journals and anthologies.
In Call Her by Her Name, the poet and performance artist Bianca Lynne Spriggs creates a twenty-first-century feminist manifesto suffused with metaphoric depth. This collection is a call-and-response of women—divine and domestic, legend and literal—who shape-shift and traverse generations.