Arts & Culture

UK Prepares for an 'Out of Body' Experience


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 8, 2010) Bianca Spriggs, freelance instructor of composition, literature and creative writing, will be the second artist to present in this year's Little/Gaines Artist Series, an event hosted by the University of Kentucky's Lucille C. Little Fines Arts Library and Learning Center and the Gaines Center for the Humanities. Spriggs' presentation, "Out of Body," is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the Niles Gallery of the Little Fine Arts Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Spriggs, an Affrilachian poet and Cave Canem fellow, has been recognized as "the new standard bearer for the Affrilachian Poets." Author of "Kaffir Lilly" and "How Swallowtails Become Dragons," Spriggs has also been published in anthologies such as "New Growth: Recent Kentucky Writings" and "America! What's My Name?" Her work has also appeared in Union Station Magazine, Caduceus, Alehouse, Torch and The Appalachian Heritage Magazine.

Spriggs holds degrees from both Transylvania University and the University of Wisconsin. She is also the creator and programmer of both the Kentucky Women Writers Conference Gypsy Poetry Slam and the Darkroom Showcase, and serves as a lecturer for the Kentucky Humanities Council.

Collaborating with Spriggs will be writer Kremena Todorova, assistant professor and program director of English at Transylvania University.

The Little/Gaines Artist Series is a popular collaborative series designed to showcase the work of Kentucky artists. A fusion of artists from varying genres and mediums, the series will feature six Little/Gaines artists accompanied by one or more collaborators in visual, literary, musical or dramatic arts. All series programs will take place on Tuesdays in the Niles Gallery of the Little Fine Arts Library. Each program will last approximately an hour and a half and will include a reception.

For more information on the Little/Gaines Artist Series or the Bianca Spriggs presentation, contact Gail Kennedy, director of the Little Fine Arts Library, at (859) 275-4631, or Lisa Broome-Price, associate director of the Gaines Center, at (859) 257-1537, or visit the series Facebook page at