Polls are open for the Ohioana Library Readers' Choice Award and Amy Gustine needs your vote, and a new interview with Mark Jarman

Mark Jarman was interviewed for the next issue of Five Points. He speaks to his poetry in The Heronry, his childhood in Scotland, and poetry as politics. Here's a brief statement on The Heronry from Mark Jarman: 

The poems in The Heronry, for me, continue to consider the intersection of the human and the natural worlds, and the point of the intersection, where I think human beings are constantly rediscovering their souls. 

Ohioana Library launched its second annual Readers' Choice Award poll, which lets readers choose their favorite book from among the thirty finalists. Polls close Monday, July 3, at noon. 

Amy Gustine's You Should Pity Us Instead needs your vote! Vote here

Welcoming Our 2017 Summer Interns!

 (Left to right) Anne, Justin, and Hannah Rose strike curious poses.

(Left to right) Anne, Justin, and Hannah Rose strike curious poses.

We'd like to introduce and extend a warm welcome to our latest batch of interns:

Justin Allard will be returning to Sarabande Books for the summer development internship. Justin is excited to further explore this role as well as continue writing stories and poems about dinosaurs, dragons, Bowser, jazz, and haunted coffee shops in spare moments.

Hannah Rose Neuhauser, the educational programs intern, is from Louisville, Kentucky. Helping to amplify the voices of underrepresented writers makes Hannah Rose's heart glitter—and she is excited to do just that through the Sarabande Writing Labs. Hannah Rose has a cloud of a cat named Wishes who keeps her company as she writes lyric essays. 

Anne Aberle is from Nebraska but is joining us as editorial intern after spending the past five months in France. Nothing brings her more joy than a perfectly crafted sentence and she can't wait to encounter a multitude of them at Sarabande.

We are excited to work together this summer!


The 2017 season of Sarabande Writing Labs is here, and we are delighted to introduce the leaders, teachers, and artists in our community who will be involved with our writing workshops!



Tasha Golden is the frontwoman and songwriter for the critically acclaimed band Ellery. Her songs have been heard in major motion pictures, TV dramas, radio, and more. Her poetry, prose, and research have been published in Pleaides, Ethos Journal, and Coldnoon Poetics, among others. She researches the impact of the arts on social silences, and founds creative writing workshops for incarcerated teen women. She blogs for Ploughshares literary journal.

Tasha will be leading workshops through SWL's partnership with Youth Detention Services of Louisville.



Kiki Petrosino is the author of Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border (2009), both from Sarabande Books. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop. Her poems and essays have appeared in PoetryBest American Poetry, the New York TimesFENCEGulf CoastJubilatTin House, and online at Ploughshares. She is founder and coeditor of Transom, an independent online poetry journal. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she directs the Creative Writing Program. 

Kiki will be a guest performer at our workshop with Americana Community Center.




Kristen Renee Miller is Sarabande's Director of Educational Programming. In 2014, she founded Sarabande Writing Labs to help support writers in Louisville's under-resourced communities. Kristen received her M.A. in English from the University of Louisville, where she also taught creative writing for four years. She is a writer and translator with work appearing in Guernica, Tupelo Quarterly, The Offing, and elsewhere.

Kristen will be leading workshops through SWL's partnership with Wellspring.

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Hannah Rose Neuhauser is a writer and educator from Louisville, KY. Hannah Rose spent two years working at 826michigan, a non-profit dedicated to after-school tutoring and creative writing programs. She is now helping to launch a similar organization, and is excited to be a part of amplifying underrepresented voices through Sarabande Writing Labs. Her poems and essays have appeared in Cactus Heart, apt, Luna Luna, Maudlin House, The Collagist, and So to Speak.

Hannah Rose will be leading workshops through SWL's partnership with Americana Community Center.



Brandon “B. Shatter” Harrison is a poet, spoken word artist, and teacher who competed in the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival in Texas as a young person. As a member of the poetry and music collective Roots & Wings, he coached the 2015-2016 Young Poets of Louisville Brave New Voices team with Naiyana Williams, which competed in Washington, D.C. in summer 2016.

B Shatter will be a guest performer at our workshop with Americana Community Center.



Auzzie Dodson is a poet from Louisville, KY who aims to use poetry as a medium for change. She is a duPont Manual and Youth Performing Arts School alumni and will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Fall. There she will be studying English, Psychology as a First Wave Scholar. Outside of school she is the President of the Board of Directors of Young Poets of Louisville. She is a Governor’s School for the Arts 2015 alumni, where she studied Creative Writing. She attended Brave New Voices in 2016 as a member of the Young Poets of Louisville team and will attend with them this year as well. If she’s not painting or slamming, this young wordsmith can be found fighting for minority rights.

Auzzie will be a guest performer at our workshop with Americana Community Center.



Ceanna Johnson is a 2017 Hardin County Schools graduate who has always had a love for language arts and the written language. She has been writing poetry since April 2016, when she discovered Young Poets of Louisville. She has been featured in the 2017 Girl Project Voices HEaRd and co-founded a club in her hometown, Brandenburg, called Meade Teen Arts Community for youth in Meade County who don't usually get to see art such as slam poetry. She competed in the international youth poetry slam, Brave New Voices in 2016 and will be competing again in July of 2017 with the Young Poets of Louisville slam team. She plans to attend Murray State University in the fall of 2017 to pursue political science. 

Ceanna will be a guest performer at our workshop with Americana Community Center.

Sarabande Writing Labs is an arts-education program that supports writers in under-resourced communities through free workshops, publication, and literary events. To learn more, click here. To sponsor a writer in our current season, click here

Starred Kirkus Review for Shawn Wen, Amy Gustine is 2017 Ohioana Book Award Finalist, Glowing Praise for McGlynn in Jet Fuel Magazine

Shawn Wen's new essay, A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause has earned a starred review from Kirkus! They write:

"A unique, poetic critical appreciation of Marcel Marceau…. A fascinating book…. Readers will marvel not only at Marceau, but at the book itself, which displays such command of the material and such perfect pitch." 

You can read the full review here. This essay is available for pre-order now, and will be officially released on July 11th, 2017.

Amy Gustine, author of You Should Pity Us Instead, is a finalist for the 2017 Ohioana Book Award. The Ohioana Book Award is given out yearly for outstanding books published each year in thecategories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, juvenile literature, young adult literature, and books about Ohio or an Ohioan.  

Lastly, Karyna McGlynn's electrifying new poetry collection, Hothouse, earned glowing praise from Jet Fuel Magazine. They write:

"Karyna McGlynn’s Hothouse is a breathtaking display of human growth, specifically of becoming a woman…. McGlynn's collection blooms wit and candor…. An arresting collection.”

You can read the full review here. Hothouse is available for pre-order now and will be officially released on June 13th, 2017.

Happy reading!

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