Speak Social

a reading series and open mic designed to surprise, stimulate and entertain

Adam Clay & Shane McCrae: November 15, 2013

Speak Social invites you to join us for a night of poetry, wine, and spirited revelry. Two poets—Shane McCrae and Adam Clay—will be traveling from out of town to be here, so be sure to catch them while you can. Event begins at 8:30 sharp. Open mic sign-ups at 8:00.

Java Brewing Company
1707 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40205

SHANE MCCRAE is the author of Mule, Blood, Forgiveness Forgiveness (forthcoming from Factory Hollow Press), and three chapbooks–most recently, Nonfiction. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Best American Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Fence, LIT, Pleiades and elsewhere, and he has received a Whiting Writer’s Award and a fellowship from the NEA. He teaches in the brief-residency MFA program at Spalding University.

ADAM CLAY is the author of A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World (Milkweed Editions, 2012) and The Wash (Parlor Press, 2006). A third book of poems, Stranger, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, New Orleans Review, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. He co-edits TYPO Magazine and lives in Kentucky.

For questions, comments and submissions, please contact John James and Sarah Maddix at speaksocialky@gmail.com.

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Writer’s Block Festival After Party: October 12, 2013

Scurry over from the Axton Keynote Reading to join Speak Social at Garage Bar for the official after party of the Louisville Writer’s Block Festival, featuring poets Ada Limón, Nickole Brown and Erin Keane. Grab yourself a drink, settle in, and be sure to stick around to hang after the reading.

When: 8:00PM
Where: Garage Bar
700 E. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202

ADA LIMÓN is the author of three collections of poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals including, Harvard Review, Poetry Daily, and The New Yorker. She is currently a judge for the 2013 National Book Award and is at work on a new book of poems, a novel, and a book of essays.

NICKOLE BROWN’s books include her debut, Sister, a novel-in-poems, and her upcoming collection, Fanny Says, will be published by BOA Editions in 2015. She graduated from The Vermont College of Fine Arts and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Kentucky Arts Council. She worked at the independent, literary press, Sarabande Books, for ten years and was the National Publicity Consultant for Arktoi Books. She has taught creative writing at the University of Louisville, Bellarmine University, and at the low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Murray State. Currently, she is the Editor for the Marie Alexander Series in Prose Poetry and lives in Little Rock, AR, where she is the Assistant Professor of poetry at University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

ERIN KEANE is the author of Death-Defying Acts and The Gravity Soundtrack, both from WordFarm. Her new collection of poems, Demolition of the Promised Land, is forthcoming from Typecast Publishing in February 2014. Recent work has appeared in Salon, Barrelhouse, PANK, and The Collagist. She’s the theater critic and arts reporter for WFPL, Louisville’s NPR station, where she founded and co-produces the fiction show Unbound.

There is no open mic for this event.

For questions, comments and submissions, please contact John James and Sarah Maddix at speaksocialky@gmail.com.

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Maurice Manning & Makalani Bandele: May 24, 2013

April is the cruelest month. But since April showers bring May flowers (or something like that), let Speak Social shower you with poems by two of Kentucky’s favorite native sons: Maurice Manning and Makalani Bandele. We’ll also be celebrating the release of Manning’s newest collection, The Gone and the Going Away, out now from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This event starts at 7:30, and as always, will be held at Java Brewing Company on Bardstown Road. Open Mic sign-ups begin at 7:00. Don’t forget, Java will have drink specials!

Java Brewing Company
1707 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40205

MAURICE MANNING was a Guggenheim fellow for 2011-2012. His fourth book of poetry, The Common Man, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. His first book, Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions (2001), was selected by W.S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Manning has also published A Companion for Owls (2004) and Bucolics (2007). Manning teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and at Transylvania University in Lexington. In 2009 Manning was awarded The Hanes Poetry Prize from The Fellowship of Southern Writers. Most recently Manning received the Lee Smith Award from Lincoln Memorial University. His next book, The Gone and the Going Away, will be published in the spring of 2013.

MAKALANI BANDELE is a Louisville, Kentucky native. A member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem fellow, his work is forthcoming or can be found in journals such as Sou’wester, Barely South Review, Louisville Review, The Platte Valley Review, and African-American Review. He is a 2012 Pushcart nominee, Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize and Literary LEO 1st Prize in Poetry winner. Hellfightin’, published by Willow Books in 2011, is his first full-length book of poems.

Hosted by John James and Sarah Maddix.

For questions or submissions, please contact us at speaksocialky@gmail.com. 

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This event is free and open to the public.

Matt Hart & Patrick Wensink: February 22, 2013

Valentine’s Day is long gone (or will be by the time of this reading), and whether you spent a romantic evening with your sweetie or sat home stuffing your face with ice cream, head on down to Java to hear some great writing and support some local literature. That’s right, Speak Social is back for yet another round, this time featuring poet Matt Hart and author Patrick Wensink. The event will begin at 7:30pm, open mic sign-ups at 7:00. As always, Java will be offering drink specials, and Matt Hart is coming all the way from Cincinnati. What more can you really ask for?

Java Brewing Company
1707 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40205

MATT HART is the author of four books of poems, most recently Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (Typecast Publishing, 2012). A fifth collection, Debacle Debacle, is forthcoming from H_NGM_N BKS in 2013. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band TRAVEL.

PATRICK WENSINK is the bestselling author of Broken Piano for President and three other books. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, Huffington Post and others. The New Yorker (Yes, THAT New Yorker) once wrote one, whole, entire sentence about him. He nearly choked on whatever he was eating at the time.

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Kyle Thompson, Kiki Petrosino & Mike James: September 21, 2012

Hey kids. Kick your school year off with a fresh taste of the Louisville arts scene by frequenting the third installment of the Speak Social Reading Series, this time featuring poets Kyle Thompson and Kiki Petrosino, as well as an acoustic performance by Mike James of Been to the Gallows. As always, the reading will be held at Java Brewing Company on Bardstown Road. Open Mic sign-ups at 7:00, event starts at 7:30.

Kiki Petrosino is the author of Fort Red Border (Sarabande, 2009) and the chapbook, The Dark is Here (Forklift, Ink 2011). She is an assistant professor at the University of Louisville, where she teaches creative writing. Her latest collection, Hymn for the Black Terrific, will be released by Sarabande in 2013. You can read her poems here, here, here and here.

Kyle Thompson writes short fiction and poetry. His work has recently appeared in Boston Review, New American Writing, and elsewhere. Read his poems here, here, here and here.

Mike James plays in Louisville band Been to the Gallows. His most recent recording is A Knock at the Door, available at Underground Sounds. He is Director of Media and Recordings at Cul de Sac King Records. Listen to him on his website.

Bianca Spriggs, Kirby Gann & Justin Lewis: August 10, 2012

Ladies, Men, Gentlefolk of Kentucky:

You are formally invited to the second installment of the Speak Social Reading Series, featuring performances by Bianca Spriggs, Kirby Gann and Justin Lewis. This event will start at 7:30 PM, open mic sign-ups at 7:00 PM. Come read, come drink, come listen to fine poetry and revel in good company!

This event will be held at Java Brewing Company on Bardstown Road. After party to follow.

Bianca Spriggs is the recipient of an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry and a Pushcart Prize Nominee. She is the author of Kaffir Lily (Wind Publications) and How Swallowtails Become Dragons (Accents Publishing), and her work may also be found in the anthologies, New Growth: Recent Kentucky Writings, America! What’s My Name? She holds degrees from Transylvania University and the University of Wisconsin, and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Kentucky.

Kirby Gann is the author of the novels Ghosting (Ig Publishing), The Barbarian Parade (Hill Street Press), and Our Napoleon in Rags (Ig). He is co-editor of the anthology A Fine Excess: Contemporary Literature at Play, finalist for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award. Gann is Managing Editor at Sarabande Books and teaches in the brief-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University. His work has appeared most recently in The Lumberyard and The Oxford American.

Justin Lewis has begun to make an impact at an early age. He is considered a “golden treasure” and “cultural mover and shaker” of the Kentucky music scene, and has shared the stage with veteran songwriters such as Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, and Lyle Lovett. Justin recently played the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX, and is currently in the studio working on his sophomore album with fellow Kentucky-based producer and songwriter, Ben Sollee.

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Jeffrey Skinner, Adam Day & Heather Summers: June 30, 2012

Speak Social invites you to join us in our early summer revelries as we welcome poets Jeffrey Skinner and Adam Day, and musical guest Heather Summers to the stage. Bring your friends. Buy some wine. Come to have a good time. Open mic sign-ups will begin at 7:00 PM. Spaces are limited, so be on time if you want to read!

June 30, 2012
7:30 PM

Java Brewing Company
1707 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 384-3555

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Jeffrey Skinner’s book The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets: A Self-Help Memoir, is just out from Sarabande Books.  His sixth collection of poems, Glaciology, won the Crab Orchard Open Poetry Competition, and will be published by Southern Illinois University Press, Spring, 2013. Also a playwright, Skinner’s play Down Range will be produced in Chicago this coming year.  He teaches creative writing and English at The University of Louisville.

Read poems by Skinner here, here, here and here.

Adam Day is the recipient of a 2010 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award. His work has appeared in the Boston ReviewAmerican Poetry ReviewPoetry LondonAGNI, The Iowa ReviewPoetry Ireland ReviewThe Kenyon ReviewGuernica, London Magazine, and elsewhere. He coordinates The Baltic Writing Residency, is an advisory editor for the literary & comics journal Catch Up, and is currently writer-in-residence at Earlham College.

Read poems by Day here, here, here and here.

Heather Summers, from the shiny shores of Lake Cumberland, performs her original songs, written with honesty in a dreamlike state. So honest, you’ll think it’s your own memories she’s recounting.

Listen to her music on SoundCloud.

This event is free and open to the public.

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