Poet Kiki Petrosino will be the featured reader at the Sept. 3 Literary Salon organized by Spalding University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Writing program. The evening will also coincide with the release party for the most recent issue of the BFA program’s literary journal, Word Hotel. This monthly reading series is hosted by Hillbilly Tea (120 S First Street) and begins at 7 p.m. with an open mic session (sign-up at 6:30 p.m.), followed by featured readings at 7:30 p.m.
Petrosino was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of an African American mother and an Italian American father. She earned a BA from the University of Virginia, an MA in humanities from the University of Chicago, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of Fort Red Border (2009) and Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013). She teaches at the University of Louisville (Poetry Foundation).
“The Literary Salon at Hillbilly Tea is a space where writers can come to share their work in a relaxed and convivial setting. It’s a bit different from a traditional reading series in that—although there will be readers—the emphasis will be on “notebook” work—new work that has not yet been shared in public,” says Bachman, director of the BFA program. “There will be time and space for listeners to ask questions about and discuss what they hear. It will also be a way for experienced, published writers to do something a bit vulnerable – share new work –in a way that helps the audience learn more about the writing process. So in this sense, it’s a perfect expression of our BFA program’s commitment to supporting the development of young writers.”