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Summer Reading Series

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Our Summer Reading Series is free and open to the public. We hope you'll join us!

Shouts & Murmurs 6: The Light

Shouts & Murmurs 6: The Light

Join us this Thursday, May 25th, for our sixth Shouts & Murmurs! Come read your poetry and prose about light, and come hear our guest reader, Tina Parker, author of Mother May I and Another Offering.

Camille Dungy: Poet

Camille Dungy

The countdown to our first domestic summer residency continues: t-minus 10 weeks til our first day! Time to introduce our third visiting writer and speaker (and our Keynote Speaker for the residency) Camille Dungy.

Camille Dungy (a poet) will be giving a reading, open to the public, on July 15th in the Noel Studio Discovery Classroom at 1:45 in the afternoon. Her Keynote Address, a closed event, will be held later that evening.

Amy Greene: Novelist

With only three months until Bluegrass Writers Studio's first Domestic Summer Residency begins, it's time to introduce another visiting writer.

Amy Greene (a novelist) will be giving both a craft lecture and a reading on July 13th!

Amy Greene is the New York Times bestselling author of Bloodroot (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010) and Long Man (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014). Her first novel, Bloodroot, won the 2010 Weatherford Award for Fiction. Her second novel, Long Man, won the 2014 Willie Morris Award for Southern Literature and was named a Best Book of the Year by both the Washington Post and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Both novels were New York Times Editor’s Choice picks. Her articles and essays have appeared in Glamour Magazine and the New York Times, among other publications. She has lectured on writing and conducted writing workshops across the country.

Andrea Avery: Memoirist

Bluegrass Writers Studio's first domestic summer residency is quickly approaching. As we prepare, take a moment to get to know some of our visiting speakers—writers, editors, agents, and others. 

First up is Andrea Avery, who will be giving both a craft lecture and a reading on July 10th. 

Carter’s Credo: Meet the Bluegrass Writers’ Studio Newest Faculty Member

(by Leslie Scheuler)

Anyone who has been in a graduate program knows that some professors are outstanding in terms of their accomplishments and contributions to the field while others are particularly memorable for the amount of time and energy they invest in their teaching.

Carter Sickles, the newest faculty member of the Bluegrass Writers Studio (BGWS), is one of those instructors who embodies both aspects—writer and teacher—with thoughtfulness and a quiet intensity.

Being new to the BGWS myself, I was fortunate to take Carter’s class this past semester, "Topics in Creative Writing: Introduction to MFA Graduate Studies." We had the opportunity to talk about his teaching as well as his creative work during a recent interview.

Shouts & Murmurs 4: "The Redemption"

Join us on December 1st at Babylon Garden for our fourth open mic event in our Shouts & Murmurs series: "The Redemption." Come read your poems, essays, and stories about redemption, and come to hear our special guest, Libby Falk Jones, read some stunning poetry!

Shouts & Murmurs 2: "The Mistake"

Come join us at Babylon Garden on Thursday October 6th for the second Shouts and Murmurs Open Mic event! This month's theme: the mistake! Come read your stories, poems, and essays about mistakes! Our special guest is Susan Kroeg (Susanna Craig) author of the historical romance novel "To Kiss a Thief." You don't want to miss it.

Shouts & Murmurs 1: "The Fall"

Join us on Thursday, September 1st at Babylon Garden here in Richmond for the kick-off to our Open Mic series SHOUTS & MURMURS. We want to hear your stories, your poems, and your essays about fall, falling, the fallen (you get the idea). We'll get started at 8 PM. Hope to see you there!

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