Spalding at 21c: Voice and Vision
On Thursday evening, April 21, the Spalding low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program resumes hosting a seasonal forum that provides an opportunity for writers to share samples of their work with each other and the public. Entering its third season with a new name, a new venue, and a new night of the month, the former“Spalding at the Speed” opens its 2016 April-September season as “Spalding at 21c: Voice and Vision,” at 6:00-7:15 p.m. Thursday, April 21, with a free reading, open to the public, at 21c Museum Hotel, 700 West Main Street.
“Throughout history, the separate arts have inspired and jump-started creative work in their sister arts. It’s very exciting for us and the diverse Louisville writing community to present contemporary writing in the context of the cutting-edge contemporary art on view at the 21c Museum Hotel,” Spalding MFA in Writing Program Director Sena Jeter Naslund said. “I believe there is a symbiotic relationships between new visions and new voices.”
Writers from all area universities, community writers’ groups, Spalding alums, and independent writers are welcome to participate. Readings take place on the third Thursday of each month April through September at 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Louisville. Writers and writing groups interested in participating in future readings should inquire with series coordinator Morgan Eklund at firstname.lastname@example.org. Naslund and Associate Administrative Director Katy Yocom emcee and host the event.
“When one of our MFA graduate assistants, Karyl Ann Geary, suggested that we provide a forum for a convivial town-and-gown monthly gathering of writers, extending over the summer, Katy Yocom and I decided to give it a try,” Naslund explains. “The readings held during the last two years, through the hospitality of the Local Speed, have been a glorious mix, representing all genres and providing some of the most rewarding literary events I’ve ever attended.”
Readers scheduled for April include Merle Bachman (Blood Party), Bianca Spriggs (Call Her By Her Name), Crystal Wilkinson (The Birds of Opulence), and Spalding University MFA alums Robert Sachs, Savannah Sipple and Leslie S. Townsend. The evening begins with a few open-mic presentations of 1- to 2-minute readings of works in progress. Individuals may sign up for an open-mic presentation on a first-come, first-serve basis just before the evening program begins; however, open-mic readings should be rehearsed and carefully timed at home not to exceed two minutes.
Free street parking is available, along with 21c valet parking for $6. Proof on Main welcomes those who would like to enjoy the culinary arts and further discussion and literary connection at the end of the evening. For more information and reservations, visit www.proofonmain.com or call 502-217-6360.
About the Readers
Merle Bachman is an associate professor of English and Director of the Spalding BFA in Creative Writing. She is the author of numerous books including Diorama with Fleeing Figures (2009) andBlood Party (2015). Robert Sachs is an award-winning writer living in Louisville. His flash fiction story, "A Mistake in the Parking Lot of the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport” appeared in the 10th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Collection. Savannah Sipple is a writer and assistant professor of English whose poems have appeared in Appalachian Heritage, The Pikeville Review, Southern Indiana Review, and Deep South Magazine. She is also a writer and co-creator at Structure and Style. Bianca Spriggs is the author of several poetry collections including Call Her By Her Name (2016) and the forthcoming The Galaxy is a Dance Floor (2016). She is the co-editor for Circe's Lament: An Anthology of Wild Women (2016) and Undead: Ghouls, Ghosts, and More(2017). Leslie S. Townsend is a licensed marriage and family therapist and award-winning writer. Her work has appeared in Louisville Eccentric Observer, New Southerner, The Louisville Reviewand more.
About the Spalding MFA Program
Spalding’s four-semester, low-residency MFA in Writing program combines superb instruction in creative writing with unparalleled flexibility. The program offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, screenwriting, and playwriting. Students begin the semester in the spring, summer, or fall with a 10-day residency in Louisville or abroad; then faculty and students return to their homes for an independent study focusing primarily of the student’s creative writing, with the mentor commenting on the strengths and weaknesses of the work. Students may customize the residency location, season, and pace of their studies. See spalding.edu/mfa for more information.
About 21c Museum Hotel Louisville
A multi-venue museum, 21c was founded by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, contemporary art collectors and preservationists who are committed to bringing works of art to the public through innovative exhibitions and programs that integrate contemporary art into daily life. 21c Museum presents a range of arts programming curated by Museum Director, Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites, including thought-provoking solo and group exhibitions that reflect the global nature of art today, site-specific, commissioned installations, as well as a variety of cultural events. The organization collaborates on arts initiatives with artists and cultural organizations worldwide, including The North Carolina Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, The Contemporary Art Museum Houston, The Barnes Foundation, The National Gallery of Ontario, The Creative Capital Foundation, and others. Since opening in Louisville, KY in 2006, 21c Museum has presented more than 85 exhibitions, including Cuba Now!; Alter Ego: A Decade of Work by Anthony Goicolea; Blue: Matter, Mood, and Melancholy; Aftermath: Witnessing War, Countenancing Compassion; Seeing Now; Wild Card: The Art of Michael Combs, a Fifteen-Year Survey; Dis-semblance: Projecting and Perceiving Identity; Albano Afonso: Self-Portrait as Light; and Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art.
For more information call 502-873-4400 or visit spalding.edu/mfa