River City Revue will have *two* readings during the month of April. This event is a National Poetry Month Special that is held outside of the regularly scheduled readings. This event will feature five phenomenal poets: Ashleigh Scarpinato, Emily Blair, Amy McCleese Nichols, Kathleen Driskell, and Nickole Brown. This will be a spectacular evening!
Ashleigh is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Louisville, where she studies creative writing. She received her BA in English with a Creative Writing specialization from Young Harris College, a small liberal arts school at the bottom of the Appalachian mountain chain. This past semester, she experimented frequently with location and body, often seeking to blend the two, in various verse forms.
Emily Blair is finishing her master's in English this semester at the University of Louisville. Originally from Fort Chiswell, Virginia, she plans to stay in Kentucky for a bit to continuing teaching, writing, and working toward her thirties. Her work can be found in The Lavender Review, Spry Literary Magazine, Crab Fat Magazine, and Maudlin House, among others.
Amy McCleese Nichols grew up in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, and remains invested in the places and experiences of her home region, where she explores the interplay of the sacred and the everyday. She was the 2016 recipient of the University of Louisville Creative Writing Award for Poetry, and her work has also appeared in Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel. Two poems will be forthcoming in Appalachian Heritage. Amy is currently a doctoral candidate and assistant director of the University Writing Center at the University of Louisville.
Kathleen Driskell’s newest poetry collections are Blue Etiquette (Red Hen 2016) and Next Door to the Dead, a Kentucky Voices Selection (UPKY 2015). Her book Seed Across Snow (Red Hen 2009) was listed as a national bestseller by the Poetry Foundation. She is Professor of Creative Writing and a director of the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University in Louisville.
Nickole Brown grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and Deerfield Beach, Florida. Her books include Fanny Says, a collection of poems published by BOA Editions in 2015; her debut, Sister, a novel-in-poems published by Red Hen Press in 2007; and an anthology, Air Fare, that she co-edited with Judith Taylor. She graduated from The Vermont College of Fine Arts, studied literature at Oxford University as an English Speaking Union Scholar, and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Kentucky Arts Council. She worked at the independent, literary press, Sarabande Books, for ten years, and she was the National Publicity Consultant for Arktoi Books and the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. She has taught creative writing at the University of Louisville, Bellarmine University, and was on faculty at the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference, the low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Murray State, and the Writing Workshops in Greece. She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for four years until deciding to write full time. Currently, she lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs. She teaches as part of UNCA's Great Smokies Writing Program each fall and will be on faculty at the Sewanee School of Letters MFA Program this coming summer 2017.