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Jelly Bucket #14's Guest Editor: Nathan Spoon!

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We welcome Nathan Spoon as Jelly Bucket's guest editor for issue 14's special section, Neurodivergent Voices.

Nathan Spoon is an autistic poet with learning disabilities. The author of The Importance of Being Feeble-Minded (Nine Mile Books, 2023), his poems and essays appear in Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, American Poetry Review, Bennington Review, Gulf Coast, Poetry, Poetry Daily, The Southern Review, and swamp pink, as well as the anthologies The American Sonnet: An Anthology of Poems and Essays, How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope, Mid/South Sonnets: A Belle Point Press Anthology, and The Wonder of Small Things: Poems of Peace and Renewal. He is editor of Queerly and an ally of

Summer 2023 Press Internship Reflection by Susanna Spearman

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My Time on the Acquisitions Team
Susanna Spearman

Meet Jelly Bucket's Alumni Editor

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Our alumni editor for issue #13's special section: Non-Binary/Trans Voices is Edy Thomas!

Edy Thomas is a nonbinary lesbian artist from rural Appalachia with an MFA in Creative Writing from the Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University. Their work has appeared in EKU’s literary journal Aurora, as well as EKU’s Archives After Dark 2020: Unlocking Possibilities, The STAY Project’s Appalachian Love Story zine, and is forthcoming in Kentucky Philological Association’s Kentucky Philological Review and Improbable Quarterly. They were a finalist in fiction for the Bluegrass Writers Studio’s 2020 Emerging Writer Awards, a semi-finalist for Ember Chasm Review’s novel excerpt contest, and a James Still Short Story Contest judge for the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.

Bluegrass Writers Studio Adds Two More Program Honors 

Bluegrass Writers Studio Adds Two More Program Honors

On November 21, Eastern Kentucky University’s Low-Res MFA in Creative Writing program, Bluegrass Writers Studio, was named an Editor’s Choice for Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing programs by

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.

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