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November 2013

Beatty in our Back/Yard

By Jay McCoy, Bluegrass Writers Studio

    A few years ago, when I first got my hands on Jan Beatty’s poetry collection, Red Sugar (2008), I was captivated. Certain poems like “When Foucault Entered the Body” absolutely entranced me. I lost count of the number of times I read it aloud to myself or to any poet that would listen. I was on a mission. I immediately went in search of my next fix and found an earlier collection, Boneshaker (2002). Not only did it not disappoint, it intensified the craving. I grabbed her latest collection, The Switching/Yard (2013), as soon as it was available and devoured it in one sitting. Today, I find myself returning to Beatty’s work often for inspiration, writing instruction, and for pure unadulterated pleasure; I always discover some new insight with each reading.

Unmovable Feast

By Kristen Thompson, Associate Coordinator, Bluegrass Writers Studio

    In the tradition of Dorothy Parker at the Algonquin Hotel and Hemingway at Le Falstaff, Bluegrass Writers Studio has The Village Idiot. During the ten days of winter residency in Lexington, Kentucky, you'll find us there for dinner more often than not. It started innocently enough, when Anne Panning’s (Butter) and Kevin Wilson’s (The Family Fang) visits overlapped. More than a few Bluegrass Writers Studio participants wanted to join them for dinner, so we needed to walk to a place that could feed a crowd.

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