Once a City Said: A Louisville Poets Anthology

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About the Author
Joy Priest was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky across the street from the world's most famous horse racing track. She is the author of Horsepower (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, and is a National Endowment for the Arts fellow. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day series and The Atlantic, among others, as well as in commissions for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Her essays have appeared in The Bitter Southerner, Poets & Writers, and ESPN. Priest received her MFA in poetry with a certificate in Women & Gender Studies from the University of South Carolina. V. Joshua Adams is the author of a chapbook, Cold
Affections (Plan B Press, 2018). Work of his has appeared or is forthcoming in
Bennington Review, Posit, Painted Bride Quarterly, Tupelo Quarterly, and
elsewhere. A former editor of Chicago Review, as well as a translator and
critic, he teaches literature and writing at the University of Louisville. makalani bandele is a Louisville native and
Affrilachian Poet. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation,
Millay Colony, Kentucky Arts Council, and Vermont Studio Center. Currently a
candidate for the MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Kentucky,
bandele's work has been published in several anthologies and widely in literary
journals. The author of hellfightin' and under the aegis of a winged mind,
awarded the 2019 Autumn House Press Poetry Prize, poems from under the aegis
have been published in Prairie Schooner, 32poems, and North American Review. Mackenzie Berry is from Louisville, Kentucky. Her
poetry has been published in Vinyl, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Hobart, and
Blood Orange Review, among others. A graduate of the University of
Wisconsin-Madison through the First Wave Program and Goldsmiths, University of
London, she is currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry at Cornell University. Her
debut poetry collection 'Slack Tongue City' is forthcoming from Sundress
Publications in 2022. You can find her work at mackenzieberry.com. Steve Cambron's poetry has appeared in
Literary Leo, Word Hotel and Heartland Trail Review and have one two Green
River Writers awards. His poetry was choreographed and featured in the
Louisville Ballet's 2018 Choreographer's Showcase. He is the creator and host
of Flying Out Loud, a monthly reading series featuring some of Louisville's
finest writers and poets. He is currently working on an MFA at the Eastern
Kentucky University Bluegrass Writer's Studio. Jeremy Michael Clark's poems have appeared in West
Branch, Poetry Northwest, Southern Review, and elsewhere. He holds degrees from
the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice and
Rutgers University-Newark, where he received his MFA. Born and raised in
Louisville, Kentucky, he is a licensed social worker living in Brooklyn. Bernard Clay is a Louisville, Kentucky, native who
grew up in the shadow of the now demolished Southwick housing projects on the
"West End" of town. He has spent most of his life in Kentucky cultivating an
appreciation, over the years, for the state's disappearing natural wonders and
unique but sparse urban areas. ​
Bernard received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Kentucky
Creative Writing Program and is a member of the Affrilachian Poets collective.
His work has been published in various journals and anthologies. He currently
resides on a farm in eastern Kentucky with his wife Lauren. English Lit is his
first book. Darcy Cleaver, teacher, poet, and playwright, lives
in Louisville, Kentucky with her wife and four dogs. Darcy moved away in the
'80s to pursue the gay agenda; she was overjoyed to return years later to a
much more inclusive city. Ron Davis is a poet and visual artist whose narrative
works range from social commentary to afrofuturism, often intertwining the
societal with the speculative. a louisville native, he now resides in
lexington, ky with his partner Crystal Wilkinson. A native of Louisville's West
End, Mitchell L. H. Douglas is the author of dying in the scarecrow's
arms, \blak\ \al-fə bet\, winner of the
Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award, and Cooling Board: A
Long-Playing Poem, an NAACP Image Award and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award
nominee. He is a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow
in poetry, a Cave Canem alum, and Associate Professor of English at Indiana
University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI). Hannah Drake is a blogger, activist, public speaker,
poet, and author of 11 books. She writes commentary on politics, feminism, and
race and her work has been featured online at Cosmopolitan, The Bitter
Southerner, The Lily, Harper's Bazaar and Revolt TV. Hannah is the author of
several works of poetry, Hannah's Plea-Poetry for the Soul, Anticipation, Life
Lived In Color, In Spite of My Chains, For Such A Time As This and So Many
Things I Want to Tell You-Life Lessons for the Journey. Hannah was selected as
one of the Best of the Best in Louisville, Kentucky for her poem Spaces and
recently was honored as a Kentucky Colonel, the highest title of honor bestowed
by the Kentucky Governor recognizing an individual's noteworthy accomplishments
and outstanding service to community, state, and nation. In 2021 Hannah
work as an activist and poet was profiled in the New York Times, highlighting her work and the (Un)Known
Project that seeks to recognize the known and unknown names of Black people
that were enslaved in Kentucky and throughout the nation. Jessica Farquhar is the author of Dear Motorcycle
Enthusiast, a chapbook published by The Magnificent Field in 2020. She holds an
MFA from Purdue, where she was the assistant director of Creative Writing. You
can find her work in recent issues of Can We Have Our Ball Back? and Bear
Review. Isiah Fish is a queer poet & performer from
Louisville, Kentucky. He holds an M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University
Carbondale where he worked as an editor for Crab Orchard Review. His work has
been published in Albion Review, Blood Orange Review, Foglifter, & Miracle
Monocle. Robin Garner is a spoken word artist, published poet,
host & keynote speaker. She utilizes her passion for poetry & spoken
word to uplift, encourage and ignite her audience. Inspired by own adversities
and triumphs, she is best known for her raw, transparent and uncensored
narrative in regards to women and their struggle with loving, living and
maintaining their own identity. Martha Greenwald is the Founding Director of WhoWeLostKY.org, a project
encouraging Kentuckians to write about loved ones lost to Covid-19. She is the
winner of the 2020 Yeats Prize for Poetry. Her first collection of poetry,
Other Prohibited Items, was the winner of the Mississippi Review Poetry Series.
Her work has appeared in such journals as New World Writing, The Threepenny Review,
Slate, Poetry, The Sewanee Review and Best New Poets. She has held a Wallace
Stegner Fellowship at Stanford and been awarded fellowships from the North
Carolina and Kentucky Arts Councils, the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writer's
Conferences, Yaddo, and the Vermont Studio Center. She taught as an adjunct
professor for eighteen years at the University of Louisville. David Haydon is a poet and essayist originally from
Springfield, KY. David is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of
Southern California, studying nonfiction. David's work explores Southern
queerness, maternity, and significations of the body. David Higdon is a writer from Kentucky. His work has
been published or is forthcoming in Exposition Review, Lucky Jefferson, Coffin
Bell Journal, Naugatuck River Review, and the tiny journal. He is the 2021
winner of The Grand Prix Prize from the Kentucky State Poetry Society. He lives
with his family in Louisville, Ky. John James is the author of The Milk Hours (Milkweed,
2019), selected by Henri Cole for the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. His poems appear
in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, PEN Poetry Series, Best American
Poetry, and elsewhere. Raised in Louisville, he is pursuing a PhD in English at
the University of California, Berkeley.

Erin Keane is the author of three collections of poems and is the editor of
The Louisville Anthology from Belt Publishing. She is editor in chief at Salon.com and is on the faculty of
Spalding University's School of Creative and Professional Writing. She lives in
Louisville. Anna Leigh Knowles is the author of Conditions of The
Wounded (Wisconsin Poetry Series, 2021). Her work appears in Blackbird, Indiana
Review, Memorious, The Missouri Review Online, Poetry Northwest, RHINO,
storySouth, Hunger Mountain, Thrush Poetry Journal, and Tin House Online. A
recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Agency Award, she has also received
scholarships from the Appalachian Writers' Workshop, Bear River Writers'
Workshop, the New Harmony Writers' Workshop, the San Miguel de Allende Writers'
Conference, and a Female Leadership Residency at Omega Institution. She holds
an MFA from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a BA from University of
Colorado-Denver. For more information, visit annaleighknowles.com. Kristi Maxwell is the author of seven books of poems,
including My My (Saturnalia Books, 2020); Realm Sixty-four, editor's choice for
the Sawtooth Poetry Prize; Hush Sessions, editor's choice for the Saturnalia
Books Poetry Prize; and Re-, finalist for the National Poetry Series. She's an
associate professor of English at the University of Louisville. Kentucky poet, folklorist, and educator Sarah
's work has appeared in Bellingham Review, Indiana Review,
Journal of American Folklore, The Maine Review, Tidal Basin Review, The
Louisville Review, and others. She is the recipient of an Al Smith Individual
Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, and has served as
artist-in-residence for four National Parks: Great Smoky Mountains, Acadia,
Catoctin Mountain National Park, and Homestead. She is the author of Stonelight
(Airlie Press), which won the Phillip H. McMath Award, Weatherford Award in Poetry,
and Airlie Prize. Her chapbooks include Calf Canyon (selected for publication
by Louisville poet Kiki Petrosino), Vein of Stone, and Children Born on the
Wrong Side of the River. She is an elementary school teacher in Jefferson
County. Erin L. McCoy holds an MFA in creative writing and an
MA in Hispanic studies from the University of Washington. Her work has appeared
in the "Best New Poets" anthology twice, selected by Natalie Diaz and
Kaveh Akbar. She won second place in the 2019-2020 Rougarou Poetry Contest,
judged by CAConrad, and is currently a finalist for the Missouri Review's 2021
Miller Audio Prize. Her poetry and fiction have been published or are
forthcoming in West Branch, Narrative, Bennington Review, Conjunctions,
Pleiades, DIAGRAM, Nimrod International Journal, and other publications. She is
from Louisville, Kentucky. Her website is erinlmccoy.com. Glenna Meeks is an emerging poet and filmmaker from
Louisville, Kentucky. She lives in NYC and comes back to Louisville yearly. Her
poems have been published in The London Reader and Taunt Magazine. She is
writing a memoir about the people and places that have made her. Sunshine Meyers is a self-professed Louisville
native, speech-language pathologist, artist, and closet poet. While these titles
may seem disparate, they each convey her primary passions of communication and
self-expression. As a bisexual woman and survivor of long-term abuse with PTSD,
Sunshine aims to use her poetry to embolden the voice of others who are all too
used to living in silence. Marta Miranda-Straub is a poet and storyteller who
has spent her life working towards equity and inclusion and advancing social
and economic justice for marginalized communities. She is the author of Cradled by
Skeletons: A Life in Poems and Essays (Shadelandhouse
Modern Press 2019). Until the age of twelve Marta was raised in Pinar del Rio,
Cuba. Marta now lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky, and she describes
herself affectionately as a Cubalachian--a combination of Cuban and
Appalachian. She was inducted into the Affrilachian Poets by Frank X Walker in
2009. For many years she was the director of the Center for Women &
Families in Louisville. Marta is a queer Latinx woman who lives and works at
the intersection of identities, ethnicity, race, gender, and
sexualities--applying an intersectional feminist lens to all she does. She has
over forty years of experience in organizational and clinical social work
practice, during which she has held multiple roles, including professor, social
researcher, author, psychotherapist, executive leader, fundraising
professional, community organizer, advocate/activist, executive coach,
facilitator, trainer, and public speaker. Ellen Birkett Morris is the author of Surrender, a
poetry chapbook, Lost Girls, a short story collection, and Abide, a poetry
chapbook forthcoming from Seven Kitchens Press. Her poetry has appeared in The
Clackamas Literary Review, Juked, Gastronomica, and Inscape, among other
journals. Morris won top prize in the 2008 Binnacle Ultra-Short Edition and was
a finalist for the 2019 and 2020 Rita Dove Poetry Prize. Lance G. Newman is a 'Renaissance Man' who wears
several hats; the writer, the poet, the actor, the playwright, the artist, the
teacher and the student. He is affectionately refer to as 'Mr. SpreadLove, ' and
for the past twenty years, he's been trying to put the l-o-v-e in Louisville. Nguyễn Vũ Ngọc Uyên is a Vietnamese-American immigrant, a social worker
and a therapist. She lives in South Louisville with her husband and their two
cats and two dogs. The work of Robert L. Penick has appeared in The
Louisville Review, The Pikeville Review, Kudzu, Literary LEO and Trajectory
within Kentucky, and journals like The Hudson Review, North American Review and
Plainsongs without. More of his work can be found at theartofmercy.net Joy Priest is the author of Horsepower (Pitt Poetry
Series, 2020), selected as the winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry by
U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. She is the recipient of a 2021 National
Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the 2019-2020 Fine Arts Work Center
fellowship, and the winner of the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from the
American Poetry Review. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous
publications, including the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day series, The
Atlantic, and Kenyon Review among others, as well as in commissions for the
Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
(LACMA). Joy is currently an Inprint MD Anderson Foundation fellow and doctoral
student in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Houston. Ryan Ridge was born and raised in Louisville,
Kentucky. He is the author of four chapbooks as well as five books, including
*New Bad News* (Sarabande Books 2020). His writing has appeared in American
Book Review, DIAGRAM, Denver Quarterly, Passages North, Post Road, Salt Hill,
Santa Monica Review, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. An assistant professor at
Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, he codirects the Creative Writing
Program. In addition to his work as a writer and teacher, he edits the literary
magazine Juked, and lives in Salt Lake City with the writer Ashley Farmer. He
plays bass in the Snarlin' Yarns. Alex Shull is a long time Louisvillian, lifelong poet
and software developer by trade. Rheonna Nicole is a poet, artist, spoken word
competitor and entrepreneur. A native Louisvillian, she graduated from Valley
High School and studied commercial arts at Murray State University. Rheonna has
been a featured speaker at The National Council of Negro Women's Martin Luther
King Jr. brunch, Girls IdeaFest, World Festival, Kentucky Women's Writers
Conference, Louisville Literary Arts reading series and Indiana University
Poetry Festival. She has been featured in Today's Woman Magazine, Leo Weekly,
Insider Louisville, Courier Journal, and Spalding University's Art &
Literary Hotel. In 2016 she competed in the Women of the World Poetry Slam,
ranking sixth place amongst 96 other female spoken word artists in the nation.
Now a published poet, she has created her own organization called Lipstick Wars
Poetry Slam (a partnership with ArtsReach of the Kentucky Center for the Arts),
an all-woman poetry slam competition where she offers a platform for poets to
speak out against the injustices and celebrations of womanhood. Aileen Tierney is currently based in Louisville,
Kentucky. She holds a BA in English from the University of Kentucky. Alissa Vance is a community activist, poet, and
writer, born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. In her daily life, Alissa
fights for housing and racial equity, freedom and liberty for all people, and
justice still for Travis Nagdy and Breonna Taylor. Ken Walker is the author of Twenty Glasses of Water
(Diez, 2014) and Antworten (Greying Ghost, 2017). His work can be found in
Boston Review, Hyperallergic, The Poetry Project Newsletter, The Brooklyn Rail,
The Seattle Review, Atlas Review, Lumberyard, Tammy, and many other
publications. Jasmine Wigginton is a youth worker and a writer from
Louisville, Kentucky, and is currently located in Baltimore, Maryland. Through
her writing, she explores intergenerational trauma, her ancestors, and the
inherent magic of being Black and from Kentucky.

"Once A
City Said
is not
only overflowing with brilliance and beauty in terms of language,
world-crafting, and a harmonious collision of voices, but it is also a work
overflowing with generosity. To offer a reader the breadth of talent that a
place can hold is to allow a reader to restructure that place in their own
world. This is a mighty collection of work that I believe will endure for
Abdurraqib, New York Times-bestselling
author of Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to
A Tribe Called Quest
represent! I'm excited to see that Joy Priest has compiled a textured range of
contemporary River City voices that capture the traditions, protests, memories,
and spirit that is uniquely Louisville. This anthology is an engaging read that
spans voices, styles, and experiences. A wonderful accomplishment that says
once and for all that Louisville has its own dazzling slice of Kentucky's
literary legacy."--Crystal
Wilkinson, Kentucky's Poet Laureate and author of Perfect Black "Poignant,
heartbreaking and uplifting, this collection of poetry is something wonderful
to live with, grapple with and absorb for generations to come."--Edward Lee,
chef and winner of the James Beard Award for Buttermilk Graffitti