My Literary Heroes

Literary Heroes

by David Dominé

by Mary Popham (Contributor) While not all readers are writers, all writers read. It’s part of every interview to ask, “Whose work has influenced you? Which books do you read as guides for your own writing? What authors do you admire?” During Spalding University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing program, I had assignments—opportunities—to study […]

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Reading at The Bard’s Town with New Southerner magazine

Sat Jan 17, 2015 – Louisville  –  5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. New Southerner magazine will have a celebratory reading, free and open to the public, from their contest for Literary Prizes at The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205, Phone:(502) 749-5275. The work of finalists and semifinalists will be published in The New Southerner Literary Edition. Mary Popham will read along with others.

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Short Story–”Mickey Make-Out”

Oct 28, 2014 “Mickey Make-Out”- New Southerner Literary Contest – Honorable Mention- runner-up

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Spirituality on the Page – October 7 & 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

“Spirituality on the Page”

A workshop for writers of all skill levels
Led by Mary Popham of the Cherokee Roundtable

Cost: $45 ($55 at the door)

Ckick Here to Register

When pondering faith, each of us arrives at a custom-made spirituality. Sometimes, in order to figure out just what it is we believe, it helps to put it in writing.
During two week-night sessions with Interfaith Paths to Peace, we will discuss the creative writing of ideas, with time set aside to organize and write down our thoughts into a poem, an essay, or a piece of fiction.
Even if you’ve never written on this topic, these sessions will open up exciting avenues of thought.
Two evenings with Mary Popham: October 7 & 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, 4936 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville, KY 40222.

About Mary Popham
Mary Popham holds an MFA from Spalding University. Her fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays and book reviews have appeared in the Courier-JournalNew SouthernerAppalachian Heritageand The Louisville Review. She has done many readings, and has facilitated several writing workshopsRecently, her essay “The Kindnesses We Give Each Other” appeared in This I Believe: Kentucky and her novel Back Home in Landing Run was published by MotesBooks. She is currently writing a sequel and a collection of short fiction.
Terry Taylor
Executive Director, Interfaith Paths to Peace
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Local Speed Reading – Mary Popham and fellow readers tonight, Friday September 19, 2014

Dear Spalding at the Speed Participant:
We very much appreciate your reading during our new series combining Spalding MFA folks and community writers. The September event Friday, Sept 19 will be the final one for our late spring-summer-early fall series. We’d like to make it a GALA event, with as many readers from earlier sessions (as possible) returning to hear the closing session AND . . . I thought it would be fun if each of you returnees selected your favorite one (or even 2-3 but not 4) sentence(s) from what you read before to read again, as a kind of reprise. Choose the sentence for its stylistic vividness or felicitous turn of phrase, independent of context. I’m thinking that after the program, perhaps with a glass of wine in hand, while we’re standing around, people could step forward, introduce themselves and the title of the piece, and read. If you can, please bring a guest(s) who might himself/herself want to volunteer next year. 
    I’m going to join you in reading one of my own favorite sentences from my paperback edition of The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Women, which was published this spring.
     We do plan to continue this very successful gathering next year. I must say, personally, that I’ve never enjoyed a reading series more; the work has been superb, and the variety of readers has been inspiring. Thank you!
Hope to see you Sept 19. at 6:00 at the Speed on Market Street.
Cordially yours,
Sena Jeter Naslund
Program Director, Low-residency MFA in Writing, Spalding University & Editor, The Louisville Review and Fleur-de-Lis Press.

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Sixth and Main Coffeehouse, Shelbyville, KY

Saturday, September 13, from 2-4
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Review: David Domine in Literary Labors

Despite the postcard images, the Nelson County of Back Home in Landing Run is a place rife with tension. Moonshiners have to outsmart the revenuers, family feuds simmer, and there is no small amount of mistrust between Catholics and Protestants. In the midst of all this arrives Emmalene, a beautiful young woman who has entered into a marriage of convenience with a much older and wealthier man. Although he is mistrustful of his neighbors, the gruff and secretive man entrusts Emmalene with the care of his special-needs grandson and the affection she develops for the little boy becomes mirrored by the affection that the local community grows to have for her. When some of this affection starts coming from two local men who see Emmalene as a potential love interest, the story takes an interesting turn.

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