Writer’s Block Festival 2014

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Since 2011, Louisville Literary Arts has transformed Louisville’s dynamic NuLu shopping and entertainment district on East Market Street into a writer’s block.  We are pleased to announce the next festival will be Friday and Saturday,  November 14 & 15.
The Writer’s Block Festival celebrates literature and the writing craft.  The event is free and open to the public (except for craft workshops, which are available for a small fee). We invite all persons who share a love of  reading and/or writing.
The festival begins with the INKY Reading Series on Friday night, November 14 at 7 PM, at the Bard’s Town Tavern with poet, Dave Baker (Treatise on Touch, Arc Publications, 2007), and novelist, Jacinda Townsend (Saint Monkey, Norton, 2014) Both of these featured readers will conduct workshops on the following day. 
Beginning at 9 AM on November 15,  participants will attend lectures, readings, workshops and panel discussions by local and national writers in various genres.
Nick FlynnNick Flynn
Our keynote speaker on November 15 is poet and memoirist Nick FlynnThanks to University of Louisville and its Anne and Bill Axton Reading Series, for making Nick Flynn’s visit possible.  Mr. Flynn will be at the U of L Cressman Center, on 1st and Main Street, beginning with a reception at 5 PM following days activities in NULU.  The reading is free but reservations are required.
“Flynn is the author of three memoirs, The Reenactments (Norton, 2013), The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment (2010) and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004)—the latter currently published as Being Flynn—which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir and has been translated into fifteen languages. He is also the author of three books of poetry, The Captain Asks For a Show of Hands (Graywolf, 2011); Some Ether (Graywolf, 2000), which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award; and Blind Huber (Graywolf, 2002). His fourth book of poetry, My Feelings (Graywolf), is forthcoming in 2015.
Flynn’s memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City has been made into a film, Being Flynn, starring Robert DeNiro as Flynn’s father,  Julianne Moore as his mother, and Paul Dano as Nick.
Flynn has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Amy Lowell Trust, and The Fine Arts Work Center. Some of the venues his poems, essays, and non-fiction have appeared in include The New Yorker, the Paris Review, National Public Radio’s “This American Life,” and The New York Times Book Review. (http://www.blueflowerarts.com/nick-flynn)
The Green Building will be host to the Writer’s Block Festival. There will be a print fair, place to be announced, where small publishers, literary journals and writing programs will share their wares. Various NuLu businesses and restaurants will host  workshops.  


If you have any questions, please contact co-chairs, Amy Jackson or John James at murettewalker@gmail.com and
john.james2113@gmail.com, respectively.
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