If you’re reading this, you’re a friend of literature, and it’s likely in this past year you joined Louisville Literary Arts for the InKY Reading Series or at the Writer’s Block Festival. Our mission at LLA is to engage readers and writers in order to enrich the literary arts in Louisville, and since 2004 we have been doing just that!

Here’s what your donations supported this year:

  • The Third Annual Writer’s Block Festival on October 12 turned the East Market district into a block for over 250 readers and writers with numerous free events including a print festival of regional independent publishers; workshops on creative writing; panel discussions about screenwriting, MFA programs, and breaking into literary publishing; and readings by local and nationally-renowned authors.
  • The InKY Reading Series has welcomed over 100 different writers from cities nationally, including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Austin, Portland, St. Louis, Nashville, Boston, Indianapolis,  and Cincinnati. And, of course, the best Kentucky writers, like Frank X. Walker, Silas House, Maurice Manning, Crystal Wilkinson, Anne Shelby, Sarah Gorham, Jim Tomlinson, Kirby Gann, and Jane Gentry Vance. We are also proud to have been the first public reading for numerous emerging writers in the region.
  Louisville’s literary community is diverse and extensive; we are a city of poets, screenwriters, best-selling novelists, essayists, historians, and literary chroniclers of all types. And we are a city of readers who support independent publishing, local bookstores, and local authors. Help LLA continue to provide resources that serve our community by clicking the DONATE button located in the right column on this page of our website.

Kimberly Crum and Lynnell Edwards pose with members of the Kentucky Arts Council

Kimberly Crum and Lynnell Edwards pose with members of the Kentucky Arts Council February 2014

“Thanks to Louisville Literary Arts for its work in helping our city thrive. Please join with me in supporting LLA whether by attending its monthly InKy Reading Series, participating in the annual Writers Block Festival, or by making a financial contribution to support these programs.”  
Mayor Greg Fischer
“One of the reasons we turn to literature is to feel less alone in our heads and hearts. For eight years now the Louisville Literary Arts has been going many steps further: placing writers and readers in contact with one another to forge a community of shared passion for the written word.  It’s the only organization of its kind in our city, and its existence is not only a tremendous boon for Louisville’s cultural identity, but an essential one.”
—Kirby Gann, author of Ghosting and Our Napoleon in Rags