Lynnell Edwards discusses The Bearable Slant of Light with Anita Barbee

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Thursday, May 16, 2024 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Carmichael's Bookstore is excited to host Lynnell Edwards for her latest poetry collection, The Bearable Slant of Light. She will be joined in conversation by Anita Barbee of the Kent School of Social Work and Family Science. This event will be held at our Frankfort Ave location.

Carmichael's is thrilled to announce that this event is sponsored by THE BIG STOMP Music Festival. In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, THE BIG STOMP will be providing 4 free General Admission Weekend Passes (parking not included) to their music festival. Lynnell will do the drawing at the end of the event. There will be two separate drawings, each for two tickets. Only attendees who stay for the duration of the reading will be eligible for the drawing. ATTENDEES MUST BE PRESENT AT THE EVENT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DRAWING. 

THE BIG STOMP will run from July 26 to July 27, and feature a wide array of musicians and speakers in a family-friendly environment. You can learn more about the festival at

About the Book: 

What can we bear and what can we lift when a beloved, when our world, is light-struck and mad? The Bearable Slant of Light documents a web of clinical assessments, medications, the terrible beauties of delusion, and the fragile gifts of darkness. Poems that reach across the history of writers and artists who fought and sometimes lost their own battles against mental illness are set against the urgencies of our anxious world and the intimate struggle of one family.

About the Authors:

Lynnell Edwards’ collections include: This Great Green Valley (Broadstone Books, 2020), a chapbook of documentary poetry based on revisionist narratives of Kentucky’s pioneer founding in the 18th century. Three additional full-length poetry collections, Covet (2011), The Highwayman’s Wife (2007), and The Farmer’s Daughter (2003), were published by Red Hen Press. A chapbook, Kings of the Rock and Roll Hot Shop, from Accents Publishing (2014), chronicles the work and art of a glass-blowing studio. Her short fiction, book reviews, and essays have appeared in Plume, Another Chicago Magazine, New Madrid, Connecticut Review, Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, and elsewhere. Awards include a 2007 Al Smith Fellowship and a fellowship at The Hermitage in Sarasota, Florida, for 2020-2021. She currently serves as faculty in poetry and Associate Programs Director for the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University where she is also book reviews editor for the program's literary journal Good River Review.  She is a founding member and past president of Louisville Literary Arts and also served on the Kentucky Women Writers Conference Board of Directors. She holds the Ph.D in Rhetoric and Composition as well as the MA with Creative Writing Thesis, both from the University of Louisville. Her work often investigates the deep connections between a people and their place, including the natural, political, and family narratives in its history.

Anita Barbee, PhD, MSSW is Professor, Distinguished University Scholar and Director of the PhD Program at the Kent School of Social Work and Family Science at the University of Louisville. She majored in English and Psychology at Agnes Scott College then went on to receive a PhD in Social Psychology with an emphasis on Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. Some of Dr. Barbee's closet family members have severe mental health issues so between that experience, her Social Work degree, and working in the field of trauma and child welfare, she has gained some insights and loves hearing the accounts of those with lived experience. 



The Bearable Slant of Light By Lynnell Edwards Cover Image
ISBN: 9781636281285
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Published: Red Hen Press - April 23rd, 2024

The Bearable Slant of Light asks what the burden and gift of madness brings to a family, to our world.

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Carmichael's Bookstore is excited to host Lynnell Edwards for her latest poetry collection, The Bearable Slant of Light. She will be joined in conversation by Anita Barbee of the Kent School of Social Work and Family Science.