Spalding University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Writing program announces The Literary Salon, a monthly reading series hosted by Hillbilly Tea in NuLu (120 S First Street). The series launches on November 6 at 7 p.m. with an open mic session (sign-up at 6:30 p.m.), followed by readings from featured poets Makalani Bandele (Kentucky) and Kristin Prevallet (New York) at 7:30 p.m.
Bandele is a Louisville, Ky., native. 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 has one full-length book of poems, Hellfightin, published by Willow Books in 2012.
Prevallet’s writings on poetics and consciousness have appeared in a variety of publications including Spoon River Review, The Chicago Review, Fourth Genre, and Reality Sandwich. She is the author of four books of poetry including I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time (Essay Press) and most recently, Everywhere Here and in Brooklyn: A Four Quartets (Belladonna).
“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 Merle 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.”
The series is slated throughout early 2014, with additional spring readings to be announced. Future featured readers include Bryan Schicilone and James Leary on December 4; and Merle Bachman and Adriena Dame on February 5. These events are free and open to the public.