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2019 Summer Reading Series

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All events are free and open to the public!

We’d love to see you there!


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Monday, July 8 • 6:00 p.m.  Priscilla Long

2018 Summer Reading Series

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Bluegrass Writers Studio
Low-Res MFA
in Creative Writing

Summer Reading Series

Our 2018 Summer Reading Series kicks off on Tuesday July 10th! All readings are free and open to the public. We'd love to see you there! Check out our infographics and schedule below.

Lisbon Conversation: Part II

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Jelly Bucket speaks with BGWS MFA Graduate Assistant Ellen Mitchell about her 2017 Summer Residency in Lisbon, Portugal

Q. Why did you decide to satisfy the MFA residency requirement abroad?

A. I viewed the Lisbon writing residency as a major luxury (which it is, in objective terms). This may seem surprising coming from someone who spent 14 years living in France, but maybe for that reason, I saw Lisbon as a stretch. That said, I recall Robert-Dean Johnson’s remarks about how there is nothing like writing far away from your daily distractions and routines, and this is far more true than I understood before going to Lisbon. My three weeks there were especially productive and replete with insights. I made major breakthroughs on the plotline for my novel, and big strides in developing each of the characters in the story’s psychological triangle.

Lisbon Conversation: Part I


Lisbon Conversation

Jelly Bucket speaks with BGWS MFA Graduate Assistant Ellen Mitchell about her 2017 Summer Residency in Lisbon, Portugal


Q. So, how did you make the decision to attend the 2017 Lisbon summer residency?

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.

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