The InKY Reading Series is a monthly music and literature event held on the second Friday of the month at the The Bard’s Town in Louisville, KY.
Always free, never a cover. View our current slate of authors and musicians scheduled to appear by clicking here.
6:30 Open mic sign-ups
7:00—7:30PM Pre-show entertainment
7:30—8:00PM First featured reader
8:00—8:30PM Open mic
8:00—9:00PM Second featured reader
Interested in being one of our featured readers?
The InKY Reading series showcases diverse literary voices both from around the contiguous region and from across the nation. In our seven years of second Friday readings, we have featured writers from Boston, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Atlanta, Portland, Chicago, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, as well as from every urban and rural region of Kentucky. Most of our featured readers have at least one book from a nationally distributed, literary publisher, though we have been pleased to showcase emerging, local writers. Are we looking for a particular “style” or “school” of writing? Not necessarily––though InKY writers have in common a love for literature worthy of being read out loud and for recognizing that our audiences have diverse and discriminating tastes in literature.
Featured readers receive a modest honorarium based on their location, defined as local, regional, or national. The InKY reading series takes place on the second Friday of the month, September through May. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about reading with the series or recommending a writer.
If you are a writer in the region, but without the kind of publication resume we describe above, come see us for open mic! Many writers who later make their InKY debut as featured writers, first strutted their stuff at open mic for an appreciative and substantial audience. We’ve also had lots of previously featured writers step into the open mic line-up with new material. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 for six to eight three minute spots. We cannot take sign-ups in advance so advance requests are not read or considered. Open mic slots are offered in order of sign-up, and are open to writers who did not read at the previous month’s open mic.
Want to sing us your song?
Each evening includes a 25 minute acoustic set featuring a local musician. Occasionally, we have hosted a small ensemble, but the logistics of getting everyone one and off stage in 25 minutes tends to limit interest from larger groups. Musicians also receive a modest honorarium. Please contact our music coordinator email@example.com for more information.