Writer Adriena Dame and poet Merle Bachman will be the featured readers at the Mar. 5 Literary Salon organized by Spalding University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Creative Writing program. 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 readings from Dame and Bachman at 7:30 p.m.
Dame is a writer, publisher, educator, and activist. Her quirky first book is titled The MOO: Stories and a Novella. She publishes two literary journals: 94 Creations and Iris Brown Lit Mag; teaches undergraduate creative writing courses at Spalding University, where she also earned her MFA in Writing; serves on the Kentucky Foundation for Women board; and has recently extended her creative work into the sock design business (SOSAJI.com is scheduled to launch on January 11, 2014).
Bachman is a long-time poet and sometime translator and literary critic with many publications, who directs the BFA program in Creative Writing at Spalding University. Her most recent poetry collection, Wrecker’s Ball, is due out from Finishing Line Press this month.
“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.”