One Blue Wall is a creative publication that values diversity, freedom of expression, and a sense of community within the youth of Louisville. Through our biannual literary magazine, our website, and our events, we strive to provide a spotlight for various forms of creative media and an outlet for like-minded, passionate people to connect with each other.
In the latest issue, Diary of First Mate John, each piece of writing concerns a man named John, whether it speaks from his perspective, builds a world around him, or recounts an interaction or relationship that he has created with another person. Each writer was given the character knowing only his name and his loose relationship with the sea. The result was a wide variety of pieces illustrating who John was. Ultimately, it is an amalgamation of styles, in which the pieces read like a collaged anthology that recounts the life of the consistent character, first mate John.
Co-editors Bonnie Omer Johnson and Kimberly Crum, announce the publication of The Boom Project: Voices of a Generation—a collection of stories, essays and poems by writers, born between 1946 and 1964, who have lived (or are living now) in communities along the Ohio River, between Pittsburgh, PA and Cairo, ILL.
In this collection, readers will find writing that is provocative, lush, witty, accessible and universal. More than forty writers speak on a variety of topics—the river, home, cultural and historical events, coming of age and the coming of aging. Some writers have extensive publishing histories; for others, this is their first publication. All speak in voices that will resound.
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Published: Penguin Press - October 15th, 2019
From one of the most distinguished admirals of our time and a former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, a meditation on leadership and character refracted through the lives of ten of the most illustrious naval commanders in history
A yacht races to outrun a tsunami. A young man jailed on a drug charge forms a relationship with his cellmate that is by turns tender and brutal. A family buys a rural slaughterhouse, and tensions with their religious neighbors quickly escalate. A teen raised by his eccentric gay father, a Turkish immigrant, finds his life fractured by violence. A fictionalized Coretta Scott King, surveilled and harassed by the FBI, considers the costs of her life with her husband.
Here Is What You Do is a bravura, far-ranging collection, its stories linked by sorrow and latent hope, each one drilling toward its characters’ darkest emotional centers. In muscularly robust prose, with an unfailing eye for human drives and frailties, Chris Dennis captures the raw need, desire, cruelty, and promise that animate our lives.
Chris Dennis holds an MFA in Fiction from Washington University in St. Louis, where he also received a postgraduate fellowship. His work has appeared in Granta, West Branch, and New Stories from the Midwest.
Idris Goodwin uses the written and spoken word to incite and inspire. An award-winning writer/performer who coined the term “break beat poet,” Goodwin is the author of the Pushcart–nominated essay and poetry collection These Are The Breaks (Write Bloody). He’s had several publications with Haymarket Books including Inauguration (cowritten with Nico Wilkinson),winner of the 2017 Literary Arts Award from the Pikes Peak Arts Council, Human Highlight: Ode to Dominique Wilkins,and the controversial play This Is Modern Artboth cowritten with Kevin Coval.
When Samantha Miller started working at Carmichael's four years ago, she asked if we could sell an older book, Jim The Boy, published in 2001. It was one of her favorite books, and she swore that if we carried it, we could sell it. Now, we've sold over 100 copies of this beloved book, and we are going to celebrate. Tony Earley himself will be here, along with actors from the Kentucky Shakespeare Company, and we'll also have cake and live music. So, even if you've never read the book, join us to celebrate a fabulous bookseller and one of her favorite writers of all time.