Featuring: Katy Yocom & Michael Washburn
Katy Yocom is a writer, traveler, and animal lover who has lived in Louisville most of her life. Her debut novel, Three Ways to Disappear, won the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature and was a finalist for several other prizes. In researching the novel, she traveled to India, funded by a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. She is a 2019 recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship Award for artistic excellence from the Kentucky Arts Council. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Salon, The Louisville Review, Midlife at the Oasis, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in writing from Spalding University, co-hosts the Spalding at 21c reading series, serves on the board of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, and is associate director of Spalding’s School of Creative and Professional Writing.
Michael Washburn is the director of programs at Humanities New York, the New York State affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and former director of the Office of Public Programs at the CUNY Graduate Center. His essays, reporting, and criticism have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Boston Globe, Bookforum, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Guardian. His first book, Southern Accents, a volume in Bloomsbury Academic's long-running 33 1/3 music series, was published in April 2019. Michael was educated at the University of Louisville and the University of Chicago. He splits his time between NYC and Louisville, his hometown.