The Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative and 91.3 WUKY present the second installment of the Kentucky Black Writers Series, SAY IT LOUD 2.0: LOUDER & PROUDER. This a recurring live event and discussion designed to showcase both prominent and emerging Black writers of the Commonwealth. Audio recordings are gathered and published here at the conclusion of each event.

Enjoy readings by Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative members Amelia Zachry, Ellis Bryson, and Terrian C. Barnes.

Marcus Wilkerson will perform live with renowned musician Keith McCutchen.

This event is offered in partnership with WUKY. It is free and open to the public.

Amelia Zachry (she/her) is the author of Enough, a Memoir of Mistakes, Mania, and Motherhood  encompassing themes of family, life as an immigrant, mental illness, and surviving sexual assault.  When she’s not writing, she can be found enjoying time with her two rambunctious daughters. Originally from Malaysia, Amelia now calls Lexington, Kentucky, home, and she can be found on and on Facebook and Instagram at @browngirlcrazyworld

Ellis Bryson has always been fascinated with writing and has been in numerous writing programs, from the School for the Creative and Performing Arts to the Governors School of the Arts. His goal is to positively change the world by opening up discussions and viewpoints many people may not consider, adding a wider, more diverse conversation to the media narrative.

Terrian C. Barnes is the founder/principal of Fe-smart LLC, helping organizations shape the investments, policies, and practices that sustain inclusive, equitable communities. In 2020, she joined the D.C.-based Women’s Business Collaborative to push for equal position, pay and power for all women in every aspect of business. Previously, she was the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Yum! Brands, parent of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, a global role she created and held for 14 years. A graduate of Windham College, Ms. Barnes is a member of the Cherokee Roundtable writers group in Louisville, KY and the Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative.

Marcus Wilkerson is a singer and songwriter who hails from Louisville. He has performed at several local venues, and was the Artist in Residence for The Kentucky Hall of Fame. Marcus is also an entrepreneur whose products and services support health and wellness. He lives in Lexington, KY.

Keith McCutchen is a pianist, composer, conductor, and an Associate Professor in the College of Humanities and Society at Kentucky State University. He is the President of K JAM Collective, an organization dedicated to promoting Jazz Appreciation Month in the state of Kentucky.

SAY IT LOUD 2.0: LOUDER & PROUDER is sponsored by WUKY, Kentucky Arts Council, LexArts, National Endowment for the Arts, and Literary Arts Emergency Fund.

November 18th, 2022
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Carnegie Center
251 West Second St.

We hope to see you soon at the Carnegie Center, home to writers, lifelong learners, & the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.

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251 West Second Street
Lexington, KY 40507

(859) 254-4175

Monday – Thursday: 10:00AM – 7:30PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Sunday: CLOSED

Monday – Friday: 10:00AM – 7:30PM

Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED