Maurice Manning & Makalani Bandele: May 24, 2013

by Speak Social

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.

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This event is free and open to the public.