We welcome everyone to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of McQuixote Books & Coffee on Sunday, September 15th, from 9am to 3pm in the Historic Portland Neighborhood of Louisville. McQuixote will offer free house-made ice cream with mug purchase, free drip coffee with book purchase, along with live music to enjoy.
The anniversary gathering is not only a celebration of McQuixote’s success, but a celebration of Portland. By maintaining its longevity, McQuixote offers proof that new businesses can and will succeed in the neighborhood with hard work and dedication to one’s craft. We hope this celebration will encourage other businesses to join us in making our neighborhood that much better.
The McQuixote Books & Coffee 5-Year Anniversary Celebration is a free event held on Sunday, September 15, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Historic Portland neighborhood at 1512 Portland Ave, Louisville, KY 40203. Please come through the front of the building on Portland Ave instead of through the back entrance on Lytle Street.
McQuixote Books & Coffee will be present at the Louisville Sharefest to provide information about Little Free Libraries Louisville.
The Louisvile Share Fest brings together many aspects of sharing in Louisville, with a focus on alternative economy solutions and community organizations that are supportive of economic resiliency in Louisville.
Featuring: a Really Really Free Market @ Louisville ShareFest https://www.facebook.com/events/468012570068909/ where you can bring and swap goods of all kinds, a bike bring and fix, seed and plant swap, seed starting station to learn to sow seeds and take your plant home, and many local organizations and businesses working in new and innovative ways.
More information can be found here.
Alexis-Rueal was born in Kentucky, raised in Marion, Ohio, and has been a fixture in the Columbus, Ohio poetry scene since 2011. Since moving to Columbus, she has authored the chapbooks "Letter to 20," (Poet's Haven Press) and "According to the Results," (Writing Knights Press) along with performing at festivals and venues throughout Ohio. In 2013, she competed at the National Poetry Slam as a member of the Writers' Block Slam Team. She won the Writing Knights Grand Tournament IV in 2015.
Please pick up tickets here. It is free to attend and $10 per team to compete.
It's that time again! The Spleling Be is back with a few small changes. We'd like to thank our primary sponsors at Falls City Brewing & the Courier-Journal for helping make this a reality.
How it Works
It's free to attend and $10 per team to participate. Only one ticket is needed per team whether you have 1, 2, or 3 members! We'll get your team name the night of the Spleling Be.
The Spleling Be operates like every other spelling bee, except it's for adults. Spleling Bes are held in bars and participants are encouraged to imbibe responsibly and enjoy themselves. This is about having fun, not getting stressed.
You may enter the Spleling Be in a team of up to 3 people. It is not required to have teammates but it could increase your chances of winning a big cash prize. $250! As grown ups we don't have the time to study months in advance. A little help from your friends might give you the edge you need.
Another key difference from a traditional spelling bee is that we want you to dress in costume! Make it something relevant to a spelling bee. Dress like a bee, a teacher, letters, a nervous little kid. Use your imagination!
There are 2 benefits to dressing up:
- If your whole team is in costume it could earn you one round of immunity.
- We'll have a separate prize for the best costume as decided by the audience.
Who Can Participate
Participants in the Spleling Be must be 21 or over. The venue is all ages.
When & Where
Tim Faulkner Gallery is located at 1512 Portland Ave. Follow 15th St north until it turns into Portland Ave. The building will be immediately on your left after the turn.
Doors for the event will open at 6 and the Be will begin promptly at 7. If you are participating in the Be make sure to get there early to check in. Late arrivals may be disqualified without a refund.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Join us for an evening of allstar poets in celebration of the homecoming of Louisville treasure, Nathaniel Caleb Perry. On the bill for the evening are Charlene Ashley Taylor, Jake Curtis, Kiki Petrosino, Adam Day, Sean Patrick Hill, & Nathaniel Caleb Perry. The poetry will begin shortly after 7pm.
Charlene Ashley Taylor
Charlene Ashley Taylor is a recent graduate with a BA in English from the University of Louisville. She is a former editor for The White Squirrel and is a Mentor for the Sarabande Writing Labs. Ranging from horror to sexuality, her work has appeared in Aphelion Sci-fi Webzine, The Bitchin' Kitsch, Limestone Journal, Coe Review, Transcendent Zero Press, as well as the upcoming issues of The Bitter Oleander and Spry Literary Journal. Her first collection of poetry and fiction, titled Escapism (2015), is currently available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lulu.com and at Carmichael's Book Stores.
Jake Curtis graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor's Degree in English. His works have been published in several smaller local zines and newspapers. He plays in different bands around town, and works on new music constantly. Currently, he is planning and working towards teaching English in Korea in Spring 2017. He writes whenever he is able and enjoys taking part in all parts of the Louisville art scene. He loves you all very much.
Kiki Petrosino is the author of two books of poetry: Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border (2009), both from Sarabande Books. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, FENCE, Gulf Coast, Jubilat, Tin House and elsewhere. She is founder and co-editor of Transom, an independent on-line poetry journal. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she directs the Creative Writing Program.
Sean Patrick Hill
Sean Patrick Hill is the author of three books of poems, including Hibernaculum and The Imagined Field. He was awarded an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and a Zoland Poetry Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. He lives in Louisville.
Adam Day is the recipient of a 2010 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and is also the recipient of a 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award. His work has appeared in the Boston Review, Guernica, AGNI, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, APR, and elsewhere. He coordinates The Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia, Scotland, and Kentucky.
Nathaniel Caleb Perry
Nathaniel Caleb Perry is the author of three chapbooks: The Universe Is Listening, Intently (2011), ESTRANGE (2012), and All My Favorite People Are Sleeping (2015), available soon on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Lulu.com. He currently teaches English as a Foreign Language (EFL) through the JET Program(me) in Kudoyama, Wakayama, Japan. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Louisville.
One day, your little one will ask the question, "How do babies come to be?" On that day, you can say, "lt was a love triathlon, just like me."
Mommy‘s Triathlete is a creative approach that considers the science and spiritual nature of conception. Packed with life lessons, this book has something for children and parents.
TIA L. BROWN is the founder of the Coming Woman, a virtual ministry dedicated to helping women release the emotional residue of past trauma.
Tia experienced tragedies of her own, but she never gave up. As an ex-fashion model turned corporate sales associate, she knows firsthand the struggles women face.
She is an advocate for women's issues and shares that her highest achievement is becoming a mother.
Join us as we celebrate the first year of the Portland Poetry Series. We will be listening to Amelia S. Robinson, Alexis Stix Brown, and Mackenzie Berry. All three have been shaking up the scene in Louisville with their talents.
As usual, we will have a small open mic portion for those that wish to contribute. McQuixote Books & Coffee will be open for drinks and snacks and the reading will take place in the common room just behind the shop.
Amelia S. Robinson is an author, artist, teacher, and therapist. She has found writing to be a vital part of her life. She remembers writing even as a child. In addition to composing poems and stories, she creates visual and performance arts. She presents spoken word under... the name Dawn’s Early Light and continues to work toward her dream of returning to the nature and country living that so deeply influenced her youth.
The Hand That Holds The Earth Book is the first publication of writing by Amelia S. Robinson. She presents this collection of poetry and prose with the intention of raising the vibration of love and magic in our daily lives and reminding us of the precious gifts of Earth and Spirit that surround us and are within us all.
Alexis Stix Brown is a poet, author, storyteller, mural artist, body painter, therapist, and more. She studied drawing at Bellarmine University and currently produces events around Louisville to better the lives of those in our community, especially those centered around family. She has recently celebrated the release of her second publication, His World: Part 2.
Mackenzie Berry is a senior at duPont Manual High School and the Founder & Executive Director of Young Poets of Louisville, a nonprofit organization which offers free writing workshops and poetry slam opportunities for young people between the ages of 13-19. An alumnus of the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, her work has been published in Spalding University's WORD HOTEL as well as One Blue Wall Literary Magazine.
We are celebrating Pride Month with this installment of the Portland Poetry Series. "Our Mythology" will highlight poets from Louisville's LGBTQ community, some returning and some new faces. Join special guest host Chris Hartman, Director of the Fairness Campaign, and the Portland Poetry Series as we celebrate our sameness, our differences, our pride, and our mythology.
This month's featured poets are Aletha Fields, Maree Ecrevan, Tucker Keel, Adriena Dame, Tyler Curth, Rosella Pearl, and Robin Herrington.
Join us for a book signing with David Joiner and his debut novel, Lotusland.
Nathan Monroe is a 28-year-old American living in Ho Chi Minh City who falls in love with a poor but talented Vietnamese painter. When he fails to protect their love from her desperate chase for a better life in America, his safety net appears in the form of Anthony, an old domineering friend in Hanoi who hires Nathan at his real estate firm. Only much later does Nathan discover that Anthony has intended all along for him to take over his job and family so that he, too, can escape and start his life over in America.
Lotusland dramatizes the power imbalances between Westerners living abroad and between Westerners and Vietnamese – in love and friendship, in the consequences of war, and in the pursuit of dreams.
David Joiner was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Earlham College and majored in Japanese Studies. During his junior year he made his first trip to Asia – a five-month study abroad program in Sapporo, Japan. Nine years and several trips to Asia later he earned his MFA from the University of Arizona where he studied fiction, nonfiction, and playwriting. He has been shuttling between the US, Vietnam, and Japan for all of his adult life.
David has lived and worked in Vietnam seven different times. His earliest experience in Vietnam was as a volunteer teacher in 1994 when he became the first American since the end of the Vietnam War to live and work in Dong Nai province. He has spent more than 10 of the last 20 years in Vietnam, making his home in such places as Saigon, Hanoi, Mui Ne, and Bien Hoa.
His debut novel Lotusland was published in March 2015 by Guernica Editions. He currently lives in Saigon where he is working on a second novel set on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Time for some poetry!
Come down easy from Derby by joining us for the Portland Poetry Series. Our featured artists this month are Drew Pomeroy, Jesse Capobianco, Rachel Short, and Jimmy Besseck. Both McQuixote and the Crescendo Bar will be open. Entrance as always is free, but there will be a $5 suggested donation in order to keep this great event running. No one will be turned away.
Short will be performing her piece "Nature: Industry: Self", a soundscape that explores healing and destructive patterns.
A separate event will begin at 8pm in the event space, Joshua Heuttig will be holding arTalks, the first in a series of conversations about art. Guest speaker Ashley Brossart will be featured.
We're going to fill this building with art of all kinds!
Drew Pomeroy is a graduate of Spalding University's MFA in Writing program (Poetry). He is the Poetry Editor for Winter Tangerine Review, and his work was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize by The Louisville Review. Born and raised in Selma, Alabama, Drew now lives and works in Louisville.
Edward Jesse Capobianco grew up in Rhode Island, surrounded by homeschoolers and ocean. He wrote his first poem on a soccer field at 13 and has been writing ever since. After filling notebooks with terrible poetry, he escaped to Chicago, where he got his BA in writing, literature, and philosophy at Wheaton College. Jesse has had work published in several publications, including Polaris, The Prairie Light Review, Solipsist, Kodon, The North Central Review, and in the upcoming The White Squirrel. He has served as Editor-in-Chief for the literary journal The Pub, been a Lowell-Grabill finalist in poetry, and won 2nd place in Short Fiction in this year’s Literary LEO competition.
Currently, Jesse lives in Louisville, works as a ghostwriter, and leaves too many voicemails on David Foster Wallace’s phone. In the Fall, he will begin an MFA in poetry at George Mason University and remain convinced that, like himself, Derrida is a panentheist.
Rachel Short is a musician and composer who experiment with sounds and words in Louisville, KY. She finished her undergraduate coursework with an emphasis on composition and score writing, but early in her collegiate meanderings she only paid attention in creative writing classes. While her own poetry is performance inspired she likes to score academic poetry into chamber ensembles and has written art songs using poems by Michael Jackman, Mark James, Conyer Clayton, and Steve Smith. As a horn player she has performed with various orchestras, rock bands, experimental musicians, and chamber groups. She has recorded on albums with Huh Robots, Insect Policy, Tim Barnes/Jeph Jerman, Plastic Bubble, and more. Her piece ‘Nature: Industry: Self’ pulls together all elements of her creative process with field recordings, loops, live improve, and spoken word all folded into a 30 min soundscape that explores both healing and destructive patterns. She hosts Keeping Louisville Literary on ARTxFM radio, Thursdays at 1pm.
Jimmy Besseck is a writer of poetry and short stories who lives in Louisville Kentucky with his wife Sarah. His first Chapbook, The Lead Standard, was released by Goodwill Publications in 2011. Besseck is currently an unemployed waiter and DIY bookmaker. He considers lottery scratch games a form of prayer.
SpreadLove and the Portland Poetry Series welcome The Asia Project to Louisville. Not often are poets able to prevail purely on language alone. The Asia Project is a prime example of someone living their dream. Come get inspired!
Local poets Rheonna Thornton and John James will also be reading. We'll have some open mic spots available for audience participation! Both McQuixote Books & Coffee and the Crescendo Bar will be open.
This brand spanking new poet blew our minds at last months KMAC poetry slam- her first ever. Portland Poetry Series is proud to be a part of Rheonna's evolution. Prepare yourself for a rhythmic and poignant layering of powerful and sometimes taboo topics.
John James is the author of Chthonic, winner of the 2014 CutBank Chapbook Award. His work appears or is forthcoming in Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Hayden's Ferry Review, Massachusetts Review, Best New Poets 2013, and elsewhere. He holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University, where he received an Academy of American Poets Prize. Starting this fall he will serve as Graduate Associate to the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University, where he will pursue an M.A. in English.
The Asia Project
As an aspiring novelist / astronaut / oil painter / brain surgeon / ninja, Asia never thought spoken word poetry would be his calling. But as with everything else we encounter in life while dealing with the elusive astrological joke we've come to know as destiny, here Asia stands: a spoken word artist fortunate enough to make poetry a lucrative career.
Asia's gripping words have never been less than an honest and genuine testimonial to his life. His uncanny ability to combine humor and inspiration while provoking thought and self-reflection has won audiences all over. Ranging from crowds as intimate as 40 to crowds as energetic as 1000, he delivers all of himself each time, making sure never to skim on what many have testified as one of the most jaw-dropping shows they've been fortunate enough to witness.
But it wasn't always this way.
In the early months of 2006, Asia faced a battle with cancer. With his poetry at a standstill around that time, Asia had spent the few months prior considering retiring from poetry convinced that his voice wasn't unique enough to stand out amongst the multitude of poets already blazing a trail ahead of him. So persistent was this conviction that Asia slowly began taking small steps away from poetry and towards an active search for a stable full time job in graphic design.
He didn't know it then...but it would be cancer that would save his life.
While recuperating from surgery, Asia made a vow to God that if he became healed, he would no longer take life for granted- that there is an insurmountable amount of truth in the cliché "Get busy living or get busy dying."
Now, in the post-cancer years, Asia has been featured on Russell Simmons HBO Def Poetry and Black Family Channel's Spoken, was named 2006 Performer of the Year by the Association of the Promotion of Campus Activities, was named 2011 College Poet of the Year by the Association of the Promotion of Campus Activities, took 1st Place at the 2008 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Championships with his team MinoriTEAM and many more. Asia has had the privilege to perform with great musical artists such as Mos Def, Jill Scott, DMX, KRS-One and Dead Prez and currently hosts Mello Mondays, an open mic venue, whenever he's in town. Continuing to elevate his craft, he now tours with his guitarist and brother-in-law Jollan Aurelio and together they bring poetry to an experience that is both inspirational and moving. And what of his attempt to find that stable job? It no longer holds any relevance, as Asia is proud to be considered one of only a handful of poets who can claim they perform poetry for a living gracing one college after another with his one-man show.
This is Asia today: professional spoken word artist, HBO Def Poet, college circuit performer of the year, Southern Fried champ, Miami Master member, commanding host, Filipino born and bred, newlywed, dog owner, burglary victim, former pop-locker, fan of old school hip hop, fan of 90's rock, fan of 80's pop, avid shopper, memory collector, hibachi restaurant obsessive, Japan punk stylist, organization compulsive, peculiarly meticulous, sleep talker, #1 supporter of Red Bull Energy Drink, #1 supporter of Dunkin Donuts coffee, #1 supporter of caffeine, gym phobic cancer survivor and above all else, God's faithful servant. Okay, so maybe he never became the ninja he wanted to be but ask him if there's anything about his life he would change if he could do it all over again and his reply would be, "Not a damn thing."
Missy C Luckett will be at the shop with her book "Comatized". Come pick up a copy for yourself or a friend and get it signed by the author!
The Troubadours of Divine Bliss will be here to help celebrate with their special brand of music that celebrates the idiosyncrasies of life! Don't miss this great evening.
Join us to help support Tracking Fire, the non-profit documentary film that chronicles the worst mass-killing in LGBT history in the U.S.
"On a June night in New Orleans, 1973, hate raged up the steps of a gay men’s bar and consumed thirty-two people. The authorities called it arson. Other’s claimed it was God’s own hand. No one was ever charged for the crime."
Original watercolors and photography by Sheri L Wright will be available for purchase and auction, along with signed posters of the film, Tracking Fire.
Music provided by Susi Wood, Evan Bailey of Second Story Man, Eva Morse and more to be announced.
Tracking Fire is a non-profit project under the fiscal agent of the Louisville Visual Arts Association.
Louisville boasts many award-winning fine dining restaurants, but long before Derby City mastered upscale cuisine, it perfected the diner. Explore Louisville’s tasty offerings with local food writer Ashlee Clark Thompson as she surveys the city’s impressive variety of greasy spoons from the Highlands to the West End and everywhere in between. Enjoy home cooking done right at Shirley Mae’s Café and Bar, breakfast at Barbara Lee’s Kitchen, lunch to go at Ollie’s Trolley and so much more. Packed with insightful interviews and helpful tips that only a local can provide, Louisville Diners is a delectable look into the best the city has to offer. Join us to celebrate the release of Ashlee Clark Thompson's new book, "Louisville Diners".
Ashlee is a treasure to our lovely city, a freelance writer, and a food blogger. She is the creator of AshleeEats.com, where she documents her search for good, cheap food in Louisville, Kentucky. Her work has appeared in Food and Dining Magazine and LEO Weekly and on WFPL.org.
When she's not writing, Ashlee watches way too much Golden Girls, dabbles in vegetarian cooking and pretends that as he will have time to get back into knitting. Ashlee lives in Louisville with her husband, Robert, and their dog, Roscoe.
Join us for a spectacular St. Patrick's Day Celebration!
Folk/Horror Punk from Harley Poe!!!!
Live Celtic Punk Rock from Frankfort Kentucky's
Presented in partnership with The Event Company so you can expect the best!
Irish Stew from McQuixote's with every paid entry!
Doors at 7pm
Music at 8pm
Have you ever wondered why your dog has never done well with the training skills you have tried to teach him or Her? Or wondered why it works at home and not outside? Do you find yourself being more frustrated than you are being proactive at teaching your dogs the manners and boundaries you expect from her?
Edwin Ramirez of Edwin's Canine Academy invites you to an afternoon of discussion about balanced training, achieving solid bonds with dogs new and old, and pointing out the differences between many training techniques and how they can be used in combination to ensure solid communication with your dog in any environment. The influence you develop over time is how your dog will respond in the field. This is dependent on the kind of training you use based on his or her personality type, and how you can integrate it into your daily life.
Join the discussion afterwards, and please leave your furry friends at home!
Client testimonials, live dog demonstration and an open Q&A will follow the discussion!
**All are welcome, this event is free!**
See you there :)
Blueprint Coffee visits Louisville
Blueprint Coffee from St. Louis will be in the shop tomorrow, Monday, March 9 at 4pm to do a coffee cupping demo. Blueprint Coffee seeks a mutually beneficial relationship loop among their producers, vendors, wholesale partners, and customers. Good coffee must be good from the start, so they dedicate a tremendous amount of time selecting a few coffees that are fresh and exciting. The beauty in these coffees is maintained through precise roasting, brewing, and training methods. Their company was born because a handful of baristas knew there was a need for a more transparent way to serve and present coffee.
One piece of that puzzle will be on display at McQuixote Books & Coffee during their special cupping demo. You'll have a chance to learn about how coffees are selected, roasting profiles are determined, and flavor notes are named. Come see the nuts and bolts of the coffee industry at work. Best of all, it's free!