The Louisville Anthology

Edited by Erin Keane

What is Louisville’s identity in the twenty-first century? Is it the Southernmost Midwestern city, the Midwestiest Southern town, or somewhere in between? Living on the border of two regions creates a hybrid sensibility full of contradictions that can be difficult to articulate beyond “from Louisville, not Kentucky.” In this collection of evocative essays and poems by natives and transplants, The Louisville Anthology offers locals and visitors a closer look at compelling private and public spaces in an attempt to articulate what defines Louisville beyond—but also inclusive of—its most recognized cultural exports.

Erin Keane has lived in Louisville, where she currently teaches in Spalding University's School of Creative and Professional Writing and works as editor in chief at, for more than twenty years. The author of three collections of poems, Keane has also served as an arts reporter and critic for the Courier Journal, Louisville's daily newspaper, and WFPL, Louisville's NPR News Station.

Praise for The Louisville Anthology:

"This is a book that looks to stir emotions. It holds a lot of anger. Many of the pieces are timely — right up to the minute— and there are plenty of people who see this as a time of realization, if not reckoning. ... A lot of the joy in this bittersweet book is in nostalgia. But the bitterness is honest and earned."—T.E. Lyons in LEO Weekly

SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 | ISBN: 9781948742702 | REGIONAL INTEREST | PAPERBACK | 6 X 9 | 224 PAGES