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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. 

University Press of Kentucky: The Marketing Internship Experience

University Press of Kentucky

By Darian Bianco, Bluegrass Writers Studio

When I was interviewing for an internship position in the marketing department at the University Press of Kentucky, I was asked, “What do you hope to get out of this internship?” I believe my answer was something along the lines of experience, pure and simple. I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity I could get my hands on, and I wanted to be entirely submerged in my field. As long as I could be involved with books, with reading and writing and creativity, I would be happy. I hadn’t been expecting to get an email later that very same day, letting me know the position was mine if I wanted it—beyond that, I hadn’t expected just how fruitful this internship would become. 

Introducing Jelly Bucket's guest editor for the Black Lives Matter special section, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon!

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LYRAE VAN CLIEF-STEFANON is the author of Open Interval, a finalist for the National Book Award and the LA Times Book Prize and, and Black Swan, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well as co-author of chapbooks Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, with Elizabeth Alexander, and Leading with a Naked Body with Leela Chantrelle. She is currently at work on The Coal Tar Colors, her third poetry collection, and Purchase, a collection of essays. She has been awarded fellowships from Cave Canem, the Lannan Foundation, and Civitella Ranieri. She was one of ten celebrated poets commissioned to write poems inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series in conjunction with the 2015 exhibit One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works for MoMA. She has written plays and lyrics for The Cherry, an Ithaca, NY, arts collective.

BGWS Professors' novels selected for The Women’s National Book Association 2020 Great Group Reads

Great Group Reads for 2020
Recent novels by two Bluegrass Writers Studio professors have been honored as Great Group Reads for 2020. Nancy Jensen's In Our Midst (Dzanc, 2020) and Carter Sickels's The Prettiest Star (Hub City, 2020) join an elite list of just twenty books being promoted by the Women's National Book Association throughout the month of October as part of National Reading Group Month. 
Both books are available now. For more information about the books and upcoming events, visit each author's website:
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