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Welcoming our Fall 2018 Intern!

Tova Kranz grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and in Orlando, Florida. She escaped Disney World and graduated from Florida State University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with degrees in English. While excited to explore Louisville, she is most excited about the opportunity to learn more about publishing as an independent press. In her free time, she writes poems about the ocean, wanders around Louisville, and watches as many cat videos as possible.

She's excited to get started as a part of the team!

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We're proud to present our latest Sarabande Writing Labs anthology, One Day I’ll Rise. This hand-bound anthology features original work by young writers in our summer 2018 session held in partnership with the Louisville Metro Youth Detention Services.

The anthologies are lovingly handmade by volunteers and given to all Sarabande Writing Labs participants free of charge. They are also available for purchase here. Proceeds from anthology sales support the continuation of the program. 

Sarabande Writing Labs is an arts education program promoting writers in under-resourced communities through writing workshops and literary events.

About our partner: Workshops taught by author and health researcher Tasha Golden were held with seven young women on site at Louisville MetroYouth Detention Services. Golden has been working since 2012 to support the ideas, recommendations, and strengths of incarcerated girls. She has published peer-reviewed researcher regarding gender/intersectional inequities in the juvenile justice system, and includes the voices of incarcerated girls in her work; she also connects arts programming with community involvement, civic engagement, and policy influence.

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Sarabande Welcomes 2018 Summer Interns!

It's hard to believe that it's already the summer of 2018! A new season means a new set of interns, and new interns mean new intern bios:

Jacob B, our marketing intern, is a southerner in the north and a northerner in the south who looks forward to being able to walk over the Ohio River to cross from one to the other. He comes from a background in DIY publishing and is eager to learn the mechanics of professional publishing, especially in the context of independent non-profit presses.

Marcee, our editorial intern, is a native of Michigan. She comes to Sarabande from the Creative Writing MFA program at Western Kentucky University, where she is embarking on her second year. She looks forward to supplementing her knowledge of writing with experience in independent press publishing.

We're excited to be a part of the Sarabande team!

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The 2018 season of Sarabande Writing Labs is underway, and we are delighted to introduce the leaders, teachers, and artists in our community who will be involved with our writing workshops!

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Minda Honey's writing has been featured on Longreads, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Oxford American. A graduate of the MFA program at the University of California, she has led memoir workshops in the community as a Gluck Fellow, at the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, the Speed Art Museum, for Louisville Literary Arts, the Inlandia Institute and as the South Central Regional Library's March Artist-in-Residence. She is  the LEO Weekly's relationship advice columnist.

Minda will be teaching SWL essay-writing workshops at Louisville South Central Regional Library. 



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.



A 2017 Hadley Creative, Hannah Drake has shared the stage with Angela Davis, Nikky Finney, and Iyanla Vanzant. Her writing has been featured in Cosmopolitan, and, in 2016, her poem "Foundation" became a viral sensation and won the "Culturally Legit" award from the American Advertising Federation. She is the author of many volumes of poetry, two novels, and, most recently, an essay collection, Dear America, I Am Still Rooting for You.

Hannah will be teaching workshops on stage presence and poetry performance through SWL's partnership with Americana Community Center.

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Hannah Rose Neuhauser is a writer and educator from Louisville, KY. Her poems and essays have appeared in Cactus Heart, apt, Luna Luna, Maudlin House, The Collagist, and So to Speak. She is the Volunteer and Program Coordinator for Young Authors Greenhouse, a nonprofit organization that inspires students ages 6 - 18 from under-resourced communities to grow their imaginations through writing.

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



Kristen is Sarabande's Director of Educational Programming. In 2014, she founded Sarabande Writing Labs to support and celebrate writers in Louisville's under-resourced communities. Kristen is a writer and translator with work appearing in POETRY, Kenyon ReviewGuernica, The Offing, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and honors from Publishers Weekly, Vermont Studio Center, Blackacre Conservancy, The Kentucky Foundation for Women, and Fund for the Arts.

Kristen edits the Sarabande Writing Labs Anthology Series.

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