Did you know April is National Poetry Month? Me either, we learn something new everyday.

The InKY Reading Series is excited to celebrate National Poetry Month with readings by Danville poet Lisa Williams and Indianapolis poet Chris Forhan on Friday, April 10 at the Rudyard Kipling in Old Louisville. Nashville-based singer/songwriter Korby Lenker will also perform. InKY performances are free and open to the public, and Carmichael’s Bookstore will be selling the featured books and related items.

In honor of National Poetry Month, InKY will distribute pocket-sized versions of poems by Williams and Forhan as part of the Academy of American Poets initiative “Poem in Your Pocket Day.” (More information: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/406)

Lisa Williams is the author of Woman Reading to the Sea, which won the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and The Hammered Dulcimer, which won the May Swenson Poetry Award. She was awarded the Rome Prize in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2004. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Virginia, where she was awarded a Henry Hoynes fellowship in poetry. Williams’ poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Orion, The Missouri Review, Measure, Virginia Quarterly Review and other magazines, Best American Poetry 2009, and The Best American Erotic Poems: 1800 to Present. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, she is Associate Professor of English at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Chris Forhan is the author of the poetry collections The Actual Moon, The Actual Stars and Forgive Us Our Happiness, as well as two chapbooks, x and Crumbs of Bread. His poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry 2008, Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology, Poetry, Paris Review, and many other journals and anthologies. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the Samuel French Morse Prize, and the Pushcart Prize, he teaches creative writing at Butler University in Indianapolis.

Our musical guest in April will be Nashville-based singer/songwriter Korby Lenker.

Friday April 10, 2009
Open mic at 7:00
Music at 7:30
Featured readers at 8:00

The Rudyard Kipling
422 W. Oak Street
Louisville, KY