Jun 092010

By Sunny Montgomery

Her husband won’t let her have a blowtorch.  Her anxiety can be crème-filled and self-indulgent and if she were a superhero she might be called Cheesecake Chippy.  These are the kinds of things one might learn of local poetess Renee Rigdon during one of her lively readings.  Rigdon, like many other local writers, has found her voice through the Holler Poet Series’ open-mike.

Certainly by now most Lexingtonians are familiar with the series, founded by Eric Sutherland and hosted by Al’s Bar.  Each month features a different Kentucky writer, from the nationally known Silas House to local celebrities like Donna Ison.  Since its beginning in 2008, Holler Poets Series has become a sort of haven for local poets, songsters and misfit writers alike to rally together, unstress with a few whiskey shots and then share their words during the no holds barred open-mic.  This is where I first met Rigdon last April when she “popped her Holler cherry,” as Sutherland so elegantly phrases it. Continue reading »