2017-2018 Kentucky Great Writers Series

Crystal Wilkinson and Marcia Thornton Jones signing books after the May 2017 reading.

The Kentucky Great Writers Series connects authors to readers and writers in an intimate atmosphere. Each event starts at 6:00 pm with a 30-minute open-mic session to give the audience a chance to participate. At 6:30 the readings by featured authors will begin. Each author will read for 15-20 minutes from a work of their choice. After the readings, the audience will have the opportunity to purchase and have books signed by the authors.

Is there an author you would like to see featured in the 2018-2019 series of readings. Complete the nomination form to let us know.

2018 Readings:

February 6

Hannah PittardListen to Me
Keith Stewart, Bernadette Peters Hates Me: Tales from a Delusional Man
Ian Stansel, Last Cowboys of San Geronimo

Reading sponsored by Dr. Bruce and Jeannette Lucas

April 10

Richard Taylor, The Feast of Silence
J.D. Daniels, The Correspondence: Essays
Kayla Rae Whitaker, The Animators

May 22

R. Dean Johnson, Californium
Shayla Lawson, I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean
Kathryn Ormsbee, Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Learn more about the authors we’ve been honored to have in the past:

Christopher RoweTelling the Map
Richard UnderwoodCrimeSong: True Crime Stories From Southern Murder Ballads
Amelia MartensThe Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat
Marcia Thornton Jones, Multi-Award-Winning Bestselling Children’s Book Author, Woodford Brave
Robert Gipe, Weatherford Award in Fiction Winner, Trampoline
Crystal Wilkinson, Al Smith Fellow & Award-Winning Author, The Birds of Opulence
Christoper McCurry, Bread Loaf School of English Fellow, Nearly Perfect Photograph: Marriage Sonnets
Kathleen Driskell, Al Smith Fellow and Bestselling Poet, Next Door to the Dead
Julie Hensley, Everett Southwest Literary Award Winner, Viable
Ada Limόn, National Book Award Finalist, Bright Dead Things
Margaret Verble, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Maud’s Line
Manuel Gonzales, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award Winner, The Regional Office is Under Attack!
Fenton Johnson, Stegner, Michener, & NEA Fellow, The Man Who Loved Birds
David Harrity, Rivendell Writers Colony Fellow, Our Father in the Year of the Wolf
Jesse Donaldson, Michener Center for Writers Fellow, The More They Disappear
Jay McCoy, The Occupation
Jason Howard, A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music
Gwyn Hyman Rubio, Love and Ordinary Creatures
Tania James, New York Times Editor’s Choice Author, The Tusk That Did the Damage
Rebecca Gayle Howell, Pushcart Prize Winner, Render/An Apocalypse
Kiki Petrosino, University of Louisville Creative Writing Program Director, Hymm for the Black Terrific
Nickole Brown, National Endowment for the Arts Grantee, Fanny Says
Sharon Mauldin ReynoldsWalking Air
Tom C. Hunley, 2014 New Southern Literary Award Semifinalist, Plunk
Paulette Livers, Elle Lettres Readers Prize Winner, Cementville
David Arnold,
Milton C. Toby, Canonero II: The Rags to Riches Story of the Kentucky Derby’s Most Improbable Winner
Gwenda Bond, Lois Lane: Fallout
Joe Survant, The Land We Dreamed
Eric Scott Sutherland, Holler Poet Founder, Pendulum
Erin Keane, Demolition of the Promise Land
MaryJean Wall, Madam Belle: Sex, Money & Influence in a Southern Brothel
Julie Kibler, Calling Me Home
Fred MinnickWhiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey
Lisa Williams, Barnard Women Poets Prize Winner, Gazelle in the House
Courtney StevensFaking Normal
Don Lichtenfelt, Goodbye Lake Huron
Sarah Combs, National-Award Winner, Breakfast Served Anytime
Holly Goddard Jones, National-Award Winner, The Next Time You See Me
Angela CorrellTGrounded
Leatha Kendrick, Almanac of the Invisible
David Cazden, The Lost Animals
Jeremy Paden, Broken Tulips
Brian Lueng, Take Me Home
Mary Hamilton, Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies
Alison AtleeThe Typewriter Girl
David Bell, Never Come Back
Kelly Norman Ellis, Cave Canem Poetry Fellow, Oerings of Desire
James C. Nicholson, Kentucky Literary Award Winner, Never Say Die
Sarah Gorham, Bad Daughter
Kim HustonSmall Town Sexy
Georgia Green Stamper, Butter in the Morning
Fred SmockThe Bounteous World
Lynnell EdwardsCovet: Poems
Kathleen DriskellPeck & Pock: A Graphic Poe
Al SmithWordsmith: My Life In Journalism
Nancy JensenThe Sisters, a #1 Indie Next Pick
Frank X WalkerIsaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride
Cynthia Rice EllingsenThe Whole Package
Kirby GannGhosting
Jeff WorleyBest to Keep Moving
T. CrunkNew Covenant Bond
Maurice ManningThe Common Man
Sherry Chandler Weaving a New Eden
Nikky Finney, National Book Award Winner, Head Off & Split
Bobbie Ann MasonThe Girl in the Blue Beret
Ed McClanahanI Just Hitched in From the Coast
Sallie BinghamMending
Kim EdwardsThe Lake of Dreams
Maureen MoreheadThe Melancholy Teacher
Nickole BrownA Book of Birds
Tori Murden McclurePearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean
Katerina Stoykova, The Air Around the Butterfly
Sena Jeter NaslundAdam and Eve
Holly Goddard JonesGirl Trouble
Elizabeth OakesThe Luminescence of All Things Emily
Alex TaylorThe Name of the Nearest River