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the Rudyard Kipling • 422 W. Oak Street in Louisville

Featuring poetry by Leatha Kendrick and Nicole Moro, with music by Kate Larken

The InKY Reading Series is excited to welcome poet Leatha Kendrick, author of Second Opinion, on Friday, March 12 at the Rudyard Kipling in Old Louisville. She will be joined by Louisville writer Nicole Moro, author the new chapbook Almost. InKY performances are free and open to the public, and Carmichael's Bookstore will be selling the featured books and related items.

Leatha Kendrick is the author of three volumes of poetry – most recently, Second Opinion (2008). Her poems and essays appear widely in journals and anthologies including What Comes Down to Us – 25 Contemporary Kentucky Poets; When the Bough Breaks; The Kentucky Anthology—Two Hundred Years of Writing in the Bluegrass State; Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia, and I to I: Life Writing by Kentucky Feminists.  She co-edited Crossing Troublesome, Twenty-Five Years of the Appalachian Writers Workshop and wrote the script for A Lasting Thing for the World—The Photography of Doris Ulmann, a documentary film. A two-time recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship in Poetry, she has also received fellowships in both poetry and fiction from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

Poet and creative nonfiction writer Nicole Moro is the author of Almost, a chapbook of poems, forthcoming this year from Finishing Line Press. An instructor of composition, she teaches Interdisciplinary Core courses at Bellarmine University in Louisville, as well as writing classes at a Kentucky correctional facility. She holds an MFA in Writing (Creative Nonfiction and Poetry) from Spalding University and an M.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. Originally from NY state, she resides in Louisville's eclectic Highlands with a Schnauzer hybrid and an elderly yet spunky feline. She is actively seeking an agent for her memoir, Thick Skin, a quite funny book about fat and family.

Musical guest Kate Larken is a musician, writer, publisher, producer, educator and progressive activist who grew up in rural Kentucky and has lived in suburban and rural settings on the east and west coasts and points in between. Named one of the top three songwriters in North Carolina in the mid-1990s, she has recorded and toured nationally as a professional musician, songwriter, playwright, actor and producer.

Author photos are available online at http://inkyreadingseries.com/.

Copies of Leatha's books and more will be available for sale at InKY thanks to Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville's oldest independent bookseller, named 2009 Bookseller of the Year by Publishers Weekly. Both Carmichael's locations, one on Bardstown Road and one on Frankfort Avenue, are open seven days a week. 

The InKY Reading Series, featuring quality literature and live music, has served as a platform for emerging and established local and regional writers since February 2004. The reading series is a project of InKY, Inc., a Louisville-based 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. For more information on the free monthly series, visit www.inkyreadingseries.com.




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