InKY Reading Series

The InKY Reading Series has been named a Top Ten Southern Reading Series. InKy is Louisville’s oldest independent reading series, begun in 2004 by Erin Keane, poet and (now) WFPL arts reporter. Louisville Literary Arts now coordinates InKy programming.  InKy readings are held on the second Friday of the month at the The Bard’s Town restaurant, theater and tavern in Louisville, KY.

Always free, never a cover.

6:30 Open mic sign-ups
7:00—7:30PM Open mic readings
7:30—7:50 PM First featured reader
7:55 – 8:15 PM Second featured reader

8:15-8: 35 PM  Question & Answer Session

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, region.  Contact Adam Day, InKy coordinator at 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?

Some InKy Reading evenings feature music.  If you want to perform for a modest honorarium, please contact our coordinator, Adam Day at Arts Council Logo