Spalding will hold ‘The Literary Salon’ reading series

Spalding University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing program will hold a monthly reading series, called The Literary Salon, at Hillbilly Tea, a restaurant at 120 S. First St. The first session is scheduled for Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

It will include an open microphone session, with sign-ups at 6:30 p.m., followed by readings at 7:30 p.m. from two poets — Makalani Bandele, a native of Louisville, and Kristin Prevallet of New York.

“The Literary Salon at Hillbilly Tea is a space where writers can come to share their work in a relaxed and convivial setting,” said Merle Bachman, director of the bachelor of fine arts program, in a news release. “It’s a bit different from a traditional reading series in that — although there will be readers — the emphasis will be on ‘notebook’ work — new work that has not yet been shared in public.”

Bachman said The Literary Salon will allow time for questions and discussion.

“It will also be a way for experienced, published writers to do something a bit vulnerable — share new work — in a way that helps the audience learn more about the writing process,” Bachman said. “So in this sense, it’s a perfect expression of our BFA program’s commitment to supporting the development of young writers.”

Readings at Hillbilly Tea are planned through early 2014. Bachman is slated to appear along with Adriena Dame on Feb. 5. The next session, Dec. 4, will feature Bryan Schicilone and James Leary.

All sessions are free and open to the public.

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