Village Lights Poetry Nights


Open sign-up; open mic. Everyone is invited to participate. Read your own work or that of a favorite poet. Readers are welcome to draw from our shelves. MC for Village Lights Poetry Nights is well-known Madison poet, Jill Kelly Koren. We are pleased to feature guest poet Chris Mattingly, who will be reading from and signing his latest book, The Catalyst, as well as several of his earlier works.


Chris Mattingly is a poet and bookmaker from Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of two full-length collections of poems: The Catalyst (Pickpocket Books, 2018) and Scuffletown (Typecast Publishing, 2013). He is also the author of the chapbooks A Light for Your Beacon (Q Avenue Press, 2012) and Ad Hoc (Q Avenue Press, 2010). Chris is a co-founding editor of alla testa, a subscription press specializing in design-heavy handmade books/objects as well as hard time find field recordings. Chris holds an MFA in Poetry from Spalding University and currently teaches literature and writing at Indiana University Southeast and Bellarmine University.

Books by Chris Mattingly:

This Poem Could Be Your Life; Or, The Island. Poetry. Chris Mattingly. alla testa: Louisville, KY, 2017. 16p. 4.25x5.75. Letterpress printed on a 1940s Chandler & Price at Hound Dog Press in Louisville, Ky. Exterior: 2-color print by Robert Ronk printed on Mowhawk Cardstock. Interior: set in Garamond and printed in silver on Mowhawk Superfine. Hand-bound, three-hole pamphlet stitch with waxed binder’s thread.

Light bulb. Poetry/Collage. Chris Mattingly. alla testa: Louisville, KY, 2016. 20p. 5x7. Exterior: four-color screen print by Brandon Swinehart at S.R.O. Prints, Cincinnati, OH. Interior: set in Arial and printed in red on Mowhawk at Derby City Litho, Louisville, KY. Hand-bound, five-hole pamphlet stitch with waxed binder’s thread.

The Ballad of Alice Leich of Louisiana. Collage. Chris Mattingly. alla testa: Louisville, KY, 2017. 28p. 5x5. Exterior: white cardstock with black and white collage, hand-colored with color pencil. Interior: photocopied collage narrative composed of black and white photographs from Walker Evans, family albums, and handwritten traditional lyrics from “Careless Love.” Created for “The Tenderness Project” curated by Shayla Lawson and Ross Gay. Stapled.

Feeling Fucked Up. Poetry/Collage. Chris Mattingly. alla testa: Louisville, KY, 2017. 4 p. 4x5. Exterior: red cardstock with black and white photocopied portrait, hand-painted with acrylic. Interior: photocopied rewrite of Etheridge Knight’s “Feeling Fucked Up.” Stapled.


Event date: 
Friday, August 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
110 East Main Street
Madison, IN 47250