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    Presented as part of The Jazz Factory’s Jazz & Spoken Word monthly series, the event will feature readings by an all-star cast of the region’s best-known writers, including poets Jane Gentry Vance (Kentucky’s Poet Laureate), Frank X Walker, Sarah Gorham, Leatha Kendrick, Kathleen Driskell, Maureen Morehead and Frederick Smock. Poems by Aleda Shirley, a former Louisvillian and cancer survivor

    now living in Mississippi, will be read, in her absence, by poet Emma Aprile.

    Also reading will be Dr. Donald Miller, head of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center; writer Dianne Aprile, producer of Jazz & The Spoken Word, and Clint Morehead, the University of Louisville fourth-year medical student who created The Kentucky Books for Patients Project to establish book collections in cancer centers of hospitals and clinics throughout the state.

    With support from Brown Cancer Center, U of L, Carmichael’s Bookstore and Spalding University’s MFA in Writing Program, Morehead has launched his Kentucky Books for Patients Project at the Brown Cancer Center’s outpatient clinics and University Hospital’s inpatient cancer and bone marrow transplant units. For more information about the project, go to the website:

    Doors open at 5 p.m. at The Jazz Factory. Readings begin at 7:30 p.m. As always, jazz musicians Jacob Duncan (saxophones/flute) and Brian Vinson (bass) provide improvisational accompaniment. And Carmichael’s Bookstore will be selling books that night for authors to sign.

    Although admission is free, reservations are recommended, and donations of new or gently used book by Kentucky authors will be accepted at the door. The Jazz Factory is located in The Glassworks Building, 815 W. Market St. , between Eighth and Ninth Streets.

    For more information,

    call 992-3242 during business hours or .

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