Louisville Literary Arts coordinates the InKY Reading Series, Louisville’s oldest independent reading series. The InKY Reading series showcases diverse literary voices from the region and the nation. Since our first reading in 2004, we have featured writers from as far as Los Angeles and as close as our own Louisville neighborhoods. Our featured readers have published one or more book-length works of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or hybrids through a nationally distributed, literary or traditional publisher. We are also pleased to showcase emerging writers with completed manuscripts who are actively seeking representation or publication. All writers receive an honorarium.
The InKY Reading Series runs from September through May. We feature two artists per event, each with up to 20 minutes of time to share their work. Artists are welcome to sell copies of their books after the reading once coordinated with LLA staff. For virtual readings, we will offer links to purchase or pre-order books.
Each reading begins with an open-mic, followed by two featured readers. We end the evening with a Q & A with the emcee, featured guests, and audience.
6:30 Open Mic sign-up begins
7:00 Open Mic readers (up to 5 readers, 5 minutes each)
7:30 Featured Readers (up to 20 minutes each)
8:15 Q & A with emcee and audience
8:30 Book sales and signings
Changes to the InKY Schedule due to COVID-19 pandemic
During the 2020-2021 InKY series, we will be hosting the series through Zoom, unless otherwise noted. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate open mic readers. To compensate for this loss, we have added additional readers to the season. You may join the Zoom reading for free by registering ahead of time. This saves you a seat and will allow you to ask questions directly to our guests. We will allow broadcast the readings, beginning in November 2020, live on Facebook Live and post recordings of all past readings to our YouTube page. Please stay tuned and support our readers with book purchases.
The 2020-2021 Series is booked.
If you are interested in reading in the 2021-2022 series, please fill out the form below
2016-2017 InKY readers:
Sarah Anne Strickley & Jeff Worley
Norman Finkelstein & Kyle Coma-Thompson
Maggie Smith & Lan Samantha Chang
Julie Hensley & Crystal Wilkinson
Vu Tran & Tasha Golden
Sarah Combs & Gwenda Bond
T. J. Jarrett & Megan Kaminski
Julia Story, Philip White, Hannah Lillith Assadi
Ian Stansel & R. Dean Johnson
2017-2018 InKY readers:
Kristi Maxwell & DaMaris B. Hill
Constance Merritt & Richard Engling
Stephen Robert Stein & Martha Greenwald
Kayla Rae Whitaker & Kiki Petrosino
Frederick Smock & Noah Eli Gordon
Noley Reid & David Serchuk
Tom Hunley, Katie Dary Mullins, &
Pamela Garvey & Gayle Hanratty
Leesa Cross-Smith & Amelia Martens
2018-2019 InKY readers: