An Evening of Poetry

One of the many benefits of a local bookstore is the ability to celebrate local authors. This Saturday, September 22, we will be hosting An Evening of Poetry from 4-8PM.

Join us as we listen to the work of these local poets and artists, visit with fellow book lovers, enjoy refreshments, and browse our favorite local bookstore.

Check out information on our featured guests:

Tom Gibbs, author of the recent book, The Water Gospel: A Long Poem.Tom Gibbs grew up in Waco, Texas. Besides Texas, he has lived and written in West Virginia, Florida, and Kentucky. He holds both a BA and an MA from Marshall University. His book, No Willow: For the Zen Cowboy, (Appalachian Writers Project, 1978; Sullen Art Press, 1986) received the Teel Award for Poetry at Marshall University in 1978. His recent book, The Water Gospel: A Long Poem, was published in 2011 by Tekton Press with an introduction by Larry E. Maze, former Episcopal Bishop of Arkansas. Gibbs’ work has appeared in America, Concho River Review, Crossroads: A Southern Culture Annual, Et Cetera, and other magazines and journals. Gibbs lives and writes in rural Kentucky.

Jim McGarrah’s poems and essays have appeared most recently or are forthcoming in Bayou Magazine, Breakwater, Café Review, Cincinnati Review, Connecticut Review, Elixir Magazine, GreenBriar Review, and North American Review. He is the author of two books of poetry, Running the Voodoo Down, which won a book award from Elixir Press in 2003 and When the Stars Go Dark, which became part of Main Street Rag’s Select Poetry Series in 2009. He has also written a memoir of the Vietnam War entitled ATemporary Sort of Peace (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2007) that won the Eric Hoffer Award for Legacy Nonfiction and The End of an Era, a nonfiction account of life in the American counter-culture during the 1960’s and 1970’s, published in 2011 by Ink Brush Press. McGarrah has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a finalist twice in the James Hearst Poetry Contest.

Danny O’Bryan is the host of “Jazz Insights,” on 91.9 WFPK Radio Louisville. Considered “The Renaissance Man of Everything,” Danny O’Bryan is a singer, saxophonist, poet, playwright, actor, English Professor, and former contributing entertainment columnist and jazz critic for the Louisville Times and Courier Journal, The Lexington Herald, and the Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO). Listen to Jazz Insights on Sunday mornings from 8-10!

Brett Eugene Ralph spent the better part of his youth in Louisville, Kentucky, playing football and singing in punk rock bands. He holds degrees from the University of Evansville and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where his poetry was twice awarded prizes from the Academy of American Poets. His work has appeared in journals such as Field, The American Poetry Review, Conduit, Exquisite Corpse, Willow Springs, and McSweeney’s, and his first full-length collection of poems, Black Sabbatical, was published by Sarabande Books in 2009. Brett is a professor of English at Hopkinsville Community College, where he also directs the Hoptown Reading Series and oversees publication of The Round Table, HCC’s literary magazine. The debut album by Brett Eugene Ralph’s Kentucky Chrome Revue is available from Noise Pollution.

Ron Whitehead is a poet, writer, editor, publisher, organizer, scholar, professor. He attended Georgetown College, Western Kentucky University, The University of Louisville, and Oxford University (England). Ron has taught college for 15 years at The University of Louisville, Spalding University, Jefferson Community College, St. Catharine College, and Bellarmine University. In 1992 Ron founded The Global Literary Renaissance, a non-profit organization, supporting the global literary community. Ron’s work has been exhibited round the world from New York City to Louisville to New Orleans to San Francisco and from India to Czech Republic to Italy to Portugal to Ireland to The Netherlands to Iceland and beyond. The UN/UNESCO “Poetry on the Peaks” program selected The Dalai Lama/Ron Whitehead “Never Give Up” message/poem poster as its theme for 2002.

See you on Saturday!!

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