Kentucky, Writing Residency

2015 Sarabande Writer in Residence D. A. Powell reads at bernheim forest


Acclaimed poet and 2015 Sarabande Writer in Residence D. A. Powell offered a reading Sunday afternoon at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest Visitors Center. He read previously-published poems as well as a selection of new work, including one poem dedicated to Bernheim Forest, the 14,000-acre private nature reserve where he is spending his month-long residency.

Powell is the fourth Sarabande Writer in Residence since the program was founded in partnership with Bernheim Forest in 2012. The Sarabande Writing Residency offers an annual retreat, two to six weeks in length, to a poet, fiction writer, or essayist at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest near Louisville, Kentucky. Residents receive a $500 travel stipend and lodging in a private, fully equipped cottage on the Bernheim grounds. Residents offer two public readings or discussions during their tenure and may devote the rest of their time to writing in Bernheim's extensive forest, gardens, and arboretum. 

D. A. Powell is the author of five collections, including Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. His honors include the Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry and an Arts & Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Critic Stephen Burt, writing in the New York Times, said of D. A. Powell “No accessible poet of his generation is half as original, and no poet as original is this accessible.”


One Day, Eighty Donors, $80K


All our thanks to the writers, readers, and book lovers who showed support for Sarabande Books during Give Local Louisville, a one-day-only, online philanthropy event. Together you gave over $80,000 to insure that we can continue our work of publishing emerging writers and innovative, groundbreaking projects.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your generosity. Our biggest and best are still ahead. We can't wait to share what we're planning: our upcoming titles, projects, and partnerships. Now, more than ever, we depend on the support of donors who believe in our mission. 


Give Local Louisville was a one-day-only event. Look what we accomplished together in just twenty-four hours!

  • Sarabande donors gave over $80,000!
  • Sarabande placed fourth out of three-hundred sixty-two Louisville nonprofits in total dollars raised!
  • Bonus: we won two cash prizes from the Community Foundation of Louisville: for most states represented, and most individual donors in our bracket!


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Kentucky, Sarabande in Education, Student Poets, Bruckheimer Series

Why Support Sarabande on October 1?

We create vital local programming.

Our educational and outreach projects reinforce our mission to connect new audiences with literature. While our web-based Sarabande in Education program serves as a global resource, the majority of our initiatives are aimed at engaging the Louisville community. Click below to learn more about our local programming.

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On October 1, 2015, Sarabande Books is participating in Give Local Louisville, a one-day-only philanthropy event. Learn more and donate RIGHT HERE!