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Lydia Conklin named as Guest Editor for Jelly Bucket #13's Special Section: Non-binary/Trans Voices

Lydia Conklin

Lydia Conklin has received a Stegner Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, three Pushcart Prizes, a Creative Writing Fulbright in Poland, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, a Creative Writing Fellowship from Emory University, work-study and tuition scholarships from Bread Loaf, and fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Djerassi, the James Merrill House, and elsewhere. Their fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, American Short Fiction, The Paris Review, One Story, and VQR.

Book Review: These Prisoning Hills

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On Southern Sci-Fi

By Darian Bianco

Growing up as an only child on my grandparents’ farmland, I was hungry for the impossible. I caught the bug early on, and any book called “unrealistic” was a book I wanted to get my hands on—give me mermaids, give me fairies, give me swords and robots and chosen one prophecies. I wanted it all.

Once I hit my tween years, my taste became a bit darker, perhaps a tad more bitter from all the coffee I was starting to drink; I wanted monsters, dystopia, darkness and uncertainty where people had to fight for the smallest sliver of hope.

Announcing the Editor-in-Chief for Jelly Bucket issue #13

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Bailey Vandiver is a third-year student in Creative Nonfiction at Eastern Kentucky University’s Bluegrass Writers Studio. Born and raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky, she now lives in Lexington with her two cats, Leo McGarry and George O’Malley. She owns 16 typewriters and too many books that she hasn’t read. She writes mostly about civil rights pioneer and fellow Kentuckian Alice Dunnigan.

Summer Reading Series

Bluegrass Writers Studio presents Summer Reading Series Free and Open to the Pub

All events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Monday, July 11

Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn   

6:00 p.m.  Madison County Public Library, 
507 W. Main St., Richmond

Wednesday, July 13 

Kris Lackey

6:00 p.m. Berea Arts Council, 444 Chestnut St., Berea

Saturday, July 16

Julie Marie Wade

2:00 p.m. Richmond Area Arts Center
, 399 W. Water St., Richmond

Sunday, July 17

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle named Guest Editor for Jelly Bucket's Indigenous Voices Special Section

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

Our guest editor for Jelly Bucket #12's special section, Indigenous Voices— Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle!

Announcing the Editor-in-Chief of Jelly Bucket Issue #12

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Eric Willis lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky.  He is a writer, reader, world traveler, visual artist, pharmacist, and avid amateur pickleball player.  As a student of the Bluegrass Writers Studio, he is the 2021 Emerging Writer Award winner in creative nonfiction.  He makes his home with one dog, one cat, one fish, and one amazing fellow human being.

What I Learned about Writing during the Pandemic

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by Crystal McQueen

For me, 2020 started just like any other year. Full of promise. Full of expectations, goals, and resolutions. Then, just when the weather started to warm up—boom! —enter the global pandemic. 
Vacations were canceled, plans were postponed, and suddenly, I had more time on my hands than I knew what to do with. After all, I could only walk the same loop around our neighborhood so many times. 
As I accustomed myself to the stark reality that my quarantine days would stretch far into the foreseeable future, the idea that I should write that book I have been thinking about for years seemed like a fitting project to fill the endless quiet hours. 
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