Join your host, Ella Corder, in the historic Michler’s greenhouses for a monthly reading series to gather, sip on a Whiskey Sour, and listen to the spoken word.  

This reading series will begin in January with more details to follow. If you have questions in the meantime, feel free to reach Ella at

2024 Schedule:

Every last Monday of the month at 8 p.m.

January 29

To be announced

February 26

To be announced

March 25

Crystal Wilkinson was the Poet Laureate of Kentucky from 2021 to 2023. She is the award-winning author of Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts, a culinary memoir, Perfect Black (poems), and the three works of fiction The Birds of Opulence, Water Street, and Blackberries, Blackberries. Wilkinson's poems, short stories, and essays have appeared most recently in The Atlantic, The Kenyon Review, STORY, Agni Literary Journal, Emergence, Oxford American, and Southern Cultures, and she is currently a Bush-Holbrook Professor in creative writing at the University of Kentucky.

Julia Johnson, author of Naming the Afternoon (poems), The Falling Horse, and, most recently, Subsidence, directs the creative writing program at the University of Kentucky. Her poems have appeared in Third Coast, Poetry International, Cake Train, Blackbird, Washington Square, Sentence, Isle: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume IV: Louisiana (2012).


Free parking is available at 446 East High Street. (Look for the Kentucky Native Café sign). Limited parking is also available at Michler's main entrance at 417 East Maxwell Street. Kentucky Native Café is typically closed Mondays; doors will open at 7:45.