Literary Cocktail Hour

The Literary Cocktail Hour is an fun, informal monthly event featuring a pair (or more) of speakers in an entertaining, illuminating virtual event that opens with cocktails!

Friday July 9 at 5:00 pm- Home on the Range
We continue our 20th anniversary year with a home on the range trip to Elko, Nevada. KT Sparks book, Four Dead Horses. On May 1, 1982, eighteen-year-old Martin Oliphant watches a horse drown off the shore of Lake Michigan—the first of(almost) four equine corpses marking the trail that will lead Martin out of the small-minded small town of Pierre, Michigan, onto the open ranges of Elko, Nevada, and into the open arms, or at least open mics, of the cowboy poets who gather there to perform. Along the way, he nurtures a dying mother, who insists the only thing wrong with her is tennis elbow; corrals a demented father, who believes he’s Father Christmas; assists the dissolute local newspaper editor; and serves stints as horse rustler and pet mortician. For thirty years, Martin searches for an escape route to the West, to poetry, and to his first love, the cowgirl Ginger. Laugh-out-loud funny, darkly sardonic, overflowing with heart, Four Dead Horses is an exquisitely crafted romp through one man’s life in the Upper Midwest and the dreams of versifying cowboys that carry him through. KT will be in conversation with local writer Stephanie Greene. Free and open to the public….register at the link below:

KT Sparks is a writer and farmer whose work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Pank, and elsewhere. KT received an AB in Politics, Economics, Rhetoric, and Law from University of Chicago,  an MA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University, Brasenose College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University in Charlotte, an educational grounding that matches her lifelong interest in everything and mastery of nothing. She spent twenty-five years in Washington DC, most of it in the US Senate, as a policy analyst and speechwriter and continues to be involved in progressive politics, most recently with President Biden’s campaign. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband, dog, a fluctuating population of barn cats, and no horses, dead or alive. Four Dead Horses is her first novel.



Stephanie Greene’s short fiction has been published in Nostoc Magazine, Green Mountains Review, Sky Island Journal, The New Guard and Flash Fiction Magazine. Her work has been long-listed for the Lascaux Prize for Short Fiction, nominated for inclusion in the Best of the Net Anthology and for a Pushcart Prize. A contributor to Vermont Public Radio for nine years, she is revising her second novel (the first being safely locked in a drawer). She lives on the family farm with her husband, writer and artist Marshall Brooks.




Below are links to Cowboy Poetry resources:

Bibliography for Four Dead Horses


Resources for Cowboy Poetry

KT Sparks Links