R120. Deep-Fried Mic: Running Reading Series and Building Literary Community Down South

Room 1, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


What do Atlanta, Birmingham, Knoxville, Orlando, and Tuscaloosa all have in common? They’re home to various reading series working to build literary communities and expand artistic diversity in the South. We seek to bring literature into new spaces and expand the canon through the reading series we curate. We’ll talk about the challenge of building community and audience and how we use our platforms to exercise resistance, which will create safer spaces in the South and in the country at large.



JD Scott is the author of two poetry chapbooks. Their poems and stories have appeared in Best American Experimental Writing, Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Salt Hill, Tampa Review, Sonora Review, Ninth Letter, The Atlas Review, Apogee, and elsewhere. jdscott.com.

Jennie Frost is a queer poet. She is the current literary arts director at Sundress Academy for the Arts where she works closely with visiting writers. Jennie runs the Sundress Reading Series in Knoxville, Tennessee, and will join the MFA program at Ole Miss in the fall.

Cathleen Bota is a qlatinx multimedia poet and performance artist based in Orlando, Florida.

Ashley M. Jones is the author of Magic City Gospel. She teaches at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Carrie Lorig is the author of The Pulp vs. The Throne. Her chapbooks include The Book of Repulsive Women, which was selected by Lily Hoang for the Essay Press Chapbook Contest, Reading as Wildflower Activist, and NODS.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center