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Portland Poetry Series: Epiphany

  • McQuixote Books & Coffee 1512 Portland Ave Louisville, KY, 40203 United States (map)

Join us for another installment of the Portland Poetry Series. This month we explore “Epiphany.” Our featured poets will be exploring the concept through their work, some old and some new. Bring a friend out for an engaging night celebrating language and its elusory nature.

Our featured poets this month are Amber Burns, Jeremy Clark, Adam Day, and Yolantha Harrison-Pace.

Amber Burns was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She earned her BA in English and Pan-African Studies from the University of Louisville. Amber first began performing her poetry in 2008 as a member of the feminist choreo-poetry troupe, S.H.E.! (Solidifying Her Evolution). She is now a seasoned poet and uses the stage as a platform to discuss the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality. Amber is the Assistant Director of New Roots, Inc., a Louisville based non-profit working to make fresh local food affordable for those who need it most. 

Jeremy Clark was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He recently graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Pan-African Studies. In 2014, he was chosen to attend the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and his work is forthcoming in PLUCK! and Callaloo. 

Adam Day’s forthcoming collection is Model of City in Civil War (Sarabande Books, April 2015). He is the recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a PEN Emerging Writers Award. His work has appeared in the Boston Review, American Poetry Review, Poetry London, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He coordinates The Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia, Scotland, and Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest. 

Yolantha Harrison-Pace was born in Tacoma, Washington, but lived her early childhood in Amarillo, Texas during segregation until her family moved to Champaign, Illinois in 1966. There integration became a part of her everyday life, often just because her family of 7 attended an event or she and one of her 4 brothers were the only African American student in the classroom. This unique legacy of having lived on both sides of the track, segregation and integration, has been influential in her love for and artistic portrayals of her precious home, America. Pace uses her art forms as tools and strategies for supporting her platform of unity through the pursuit of cultural excellence. Her focus group emphasis is underserved populations in America and beyond. Yolantha is an advocate for abused family members, especially concerning hate crimes against women and children. She has been a Children's Ambassador for Haiti since the year 2000. She is a teaching artist, playwright, poet and author and has had her play THE WHOLE SKY premier at Berea College. Her multitude of writings have gleaned her such honors as Poet of the Year, Book of Poetry of the Year, and won her the personal accolade of Humanitarian Author of the year. Her works have gone international through her postings as an adjunct writer for University of Southern California's Art Institute for Genetic Medicine. In addition, as an Urban Folk Artist, Pace's primitive Angel dolls are owned by collectors around the world. Her newest release: UNCLE THAXTER is a children's book celebrating friends and family of wounded warriors.

Pace has her AA degree from Columbia College, her BFA from University of Texas, Austin and did her Masters work at Penn State University. Her area of study was Theater and the Performing Arts.

Earlier Event: March 1
Local Author Limelight: Jettie Necole
Later Event: March 9
Cupping with Blueprint Coffee