Poetry Critique Night- Summer 2022

Celebrate Lexington Poetry Month (#LexPoMo) by receiving feedback on your poem from a panel of published poets.
Bring one poem (12-point font; only one submission per person). Submissions will be accepted between 5:00 and 5:25 pm, and poems will be selected at random. Please come prepared; we cannot print your poem for you. A moderator will read your piece aloud so it remains anonymous. We will get through as many submissions as possible. Even if we don’t read your poem, you will still benefit from listening to the feedback on others’ poems.
This event is modeled after our popular prose Writing Critique Nights. Space is limited. Hope to see you there!
Panel of judges will include published poets: Katerina Stoykova, JC McPherson, and Ron Davis.
Katerina is the founder of poetry and prose groups in Lexington, Kentucky that have been meeting since early 2007. She hosts Accents—a radio show for literature, art and culture on WRFL, 88.1 FM, Lexington. In January 2010, Katerina launched Accents Publishing—an independent press for brilliant voices. Katerina’s first poetry book, the bilingual The Air around the Butterfly / Въздухът около пеперудата (Fakel Express, 2009), won the 2010 Pencho’s Oak award, given annually to recognize literary contribution to contemporary Bulgarian culture. She is the author of the chapbook, The Most (FinishingLine Press, 2010) and Indivisible Number (Fakel Express, 2011, Bulgarian only). Katerina is the editor of the anthology Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems, (Accents Publishing, 2011). Her poems have appeared in publications throughout the US and Europe, including The Louisville ReviewMargieAdirondack Review and others. Katerina's latest full-length poetry book, The Porcupine of Mind was released in May, 2012 by Broadstone Books.
Col. JC McPherson, Kentucky Colonel Goodwill Ambassador, has a background in writing, electricity, and general troubleshooting. During his time at the Carnegie Center, he has worn many hats. Currently he is an agent for the Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative, Creative Writing Instructor, Rental Staff, and Staff Support. He is the author of On My Mind (blacoetry press), Jupiter’s Child (Winged City Chapbooks), and Hey Batta Batta (Lefthanded JuJu). In his spare time, he likes to cook, drink ice cold Pepsi, garden, build model rockets, and listen to music.
upfromsumdirt (Ron Davis) is a Louisville artist currently residing in Lexington, Kentucky, with his partner and their way too many books for their small house. An autodidactic, “brothadirt”aka Ronald Davis, is an award-winning artist (Kentucky’s Al Smith 2010 Award for Visual Art; the 2010 African American Art Exhibition at Actors Theatre of Louisville) and has galleried in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee, and participated in curator Tewodross Melchishua’s traveling art exhibit entitled MCs, MICS, AND METAPHORS;his work has also been featured on the covers of African American Review and Tidal Basin Review and he has created book cover designs for Crystal E. Wilkinson (The Birds Of Opulence and the reissue covers for Blackberries, Blackberries and Water Street), Dr. Adam J. Banks (Digital Griot), Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (The Glory Gets), Keith Gilyard (The Next Great Old-School Conspiracy), The Workhorse Lexington Poetry Month Anthology (2017 and 2018), Makalani Bandele (Hell-Fightin’), Bernard Clay (English Lit), as well as for his own chapbook collections (Caul & Response, Argus House Press 2015 and Tangerine Tubman: A Long-Playing Poem, Left-Handed JuJu Press 2016). upfromsumdirt’s art or poetry has been featured online at Connotations Press, About Place Journal, New Southerner, Accents Radio, and Nat Creole Magazine.
June 14th, 2022
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Carnegie Center
251 W. Second Street

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