Out of Opulence: An Evening with Crystal Wilkinson, Wiley Cash and DaMaris Hill
Kentucky Humanities is pleased to announce the 2021 Kentucky Reads selection is The Birds of Opulence, by Crystal Wilkinson.
How to host book a discussion
- Decide your organization would like to host a book discussion of The Birds of Opulence.
- Select who will serve as your scholar to lead a discussion about the book and relevant topics.
- Contact the scholar and set a date, time, and location for your group discussion and discuss any special arrangements.
- Book the program using the online booking form at least 6 weeks in advance beginning January 1, 2021 and pay the $50 booking fee.
- Kentucky Humanities will send you an agreement to sign and return.
- Kentucky Humanities will also send 10 flyers, 50 postcards, and 15 copies of Birds of Opulence to promote your event.
- Publicize your book discussion once it has been approved using the supplied materials.
- Host your discussion and have participants complete the provided evaluation forms.
- Complete the program coordinator's report.
- Return evaluation forms to Kentucky Humanities within 2 weeks of your program taking place..
- Brian Clardy, firstname.lastname@example.org, (270) 226-5064, Murray, KY. Brian is a History Professor at Murray State University and a Board Member of Kentucky Humanities.
- Elizabeth Glass, ELizabeth.L.Glass@gmail.com, (502) 552-0088, Louisville, KY.
Elizabeth Glass earned her PhD in Humanities from the University of Louisville. She is a scholar, creative writer, and teacher. She has received an Emerging Artist Award in Nonfiction from the Kentucky Arts Council and a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and has presented on The Birds of Opulence at conferences throughout the country.
DaMaris B. Hill, email@example.com, (859) 903-5597, Lexington, KY. DaMaris B. Hill is the author of A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland, The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the American Heartland, \Vi-z-bl\ \Teks-chrs\(Visible Textures). Similar to her creative process, Hill’s scholarly research is interdisciplinary. Hill is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kentucky.
- Mauri E. Systo, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 906-9000, Marion, KY. Mauri E. Systo is a University of Kentucky alumni who earned her PhD in Anthropology. Her research is conducted in the Southeast United States and Southern Appalachia, with a focus on economic justice, labor, and social inequalities.
- Jayne Moore Waldrop, email@example.com, (859) 494-8262, Lexington, KY. Jayne Moore Waldrop is a writer, attorney, and author of Retracing My Steps, a finalist in the New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition (Finishing Line Press 2019). She has two books forthcoming in 2021, a linked story collection, Drowned Town (University Press of Kentucky) and a poetry collection, Pandemic Lent: A Season in Poetry (Finishing Line Press). She's a former book columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal and literary liaison at the Carnegie Center of Literacy and Learning in Lexington.
- Marianne Worthington, firstname.lastname@example.org, (606) 521-7115, Williamsburg, KY. Marianne Worthington is a poet, editor, and educator living in southeastern Kentucky. She co-founded the online literary magazine Still: The Journal in 2009 and serves as its poetry editor. She wrote the "Afterword" for the republication of Crystal Wilkinson's Water Street (2017) and presented an oral history of Wilkinson for the annual Emory & Henry Literary Festival (2017).
Organizations are not limited to these scholars.