Every second Friday of the month, the Louisville Literary Arts Society celebrates literature and music at the InKY Reading Series. Its an intimate event in the downstairs theatre at the Bard’s Town. Typically it begins with a singer/songwriter or a band and then sandwiches an open mic event between two featured readers.
I’m not normally a fan of open mic nights, but the InKY open-mic is well-curated, blissfully short, and often features fresh, poignant voices.
In its seventh year, the event, according to the website, “showcases diverse literary voices both from around the contiguous region and from across the nation…. Most of our featured readers have at least one book from a nationally distributed, literary publisher, though we have been pleased to showcase emerging, local writers.”
This month, InKY celebrates two Kentucky women writers on November 9 starting at 6:30 p.m., novelist Lynn Pruett and poet Ellen Birkett Morris.
Pruett teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Murray State University. Her novel, Ruby River, has four stars on Amazon and is called by a reviewer, “a little slice of Alabama truck-stop life.” The reviewer goes on to say, “Imagine what would happen if Fannie Flagg (the author of Fried Green Tomatoes) had written one of Faulkner’s novels, and you’ll get a fair idea of the tone of Lynn Pruett’s first novel. The book crackles with fresh imagery, imaginative dialogue, and characters developed far beyond the usual small-town southern stereotypes.”
Morris is a poet who, according to the InKY press release, “is the author of Surrender. Her poetry is forthcoming in Thin Air Magazine, and has appeared in journals including The Clackamas Literary Review, Juked, The Pedestal Magazine Political Anthology, Alimentum, Gastronomica, and Inscape. Her poem, ‘Origins,’ was nominated for the 2006 Pushcart Prize. Ellen is a recipient of a 2013 Al Smith Fellowship for fiction.”
The schedule for the evening:
6:30 p.m. Open mic sign-ups
7:00—7:30 p.m. Pre-show entertainment
7:30—8:00 p.m. First featured reader
8:00—8:30 p.m. Open mic
8:00—9:00 p.m. Second featured reader
Go early for the Bard’s Town pre-InKY happy hour from 5 p.m. til 6 p.m., featuring $2 domestics, $3 wells, $4 house wines, and $5 appetizers. (Try the grilled shrimp!)