Gonzofest Louisville 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Louisville Free Public Library (301 York St.)
Spoken Word | Poetry | Music | Art
On Saturday, April 15, 2017 GonzoFest Louisville will celebrate the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson, creator of Gonzo journalism, at the Main branch of Louisville Free Public Library. The festival will take place both on the exterior grounds of the downtown branch and inside the library.
From an early age Hunter developed a love of literature and writing, which was inspired by his time spent at the LFPL. Thompson's mother, Virginia Thompson, retired from being a librarian at the Main Library. The Main Library is the perfect place to celebrate the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson, Gonzo journalism, and the lasting mark Thompson made.
The Louisville Free Public Library is the largest library system in Kentucky, comprised of 18 branch locations serving more than 3 million visitors per year. From eBooks to author visits, storytimes to streaming music, the library continues to engage the community in new and exciting ways through innovative programs and services.
2017 LITERARY CONTEST:
The judges, which include prominent journalists from across the U.S. and Europe, encourage work that is reported with a keen eye for detail and written in a bold and elegant style, as Thompson’s best work was.
No type of story is preferred over another — so long as it’s true. The emphasis should will be on the quality of the writing, and the significance of the story it tells.
The winning entry will be considered for publication in the GonzoFest edition of the Louisville Eccentric Observer, Louisville’s venerable alternative weekly, and the author will be honored during the festival, scheduled for April 15, 2017, in Louisville.
Entries must be submitted as word files, double-spaced, and as an attachment to an email sent to [email protected] Entries are encouraged to be between 1,500 – 2,000 words and must be unpublished non-fiction, based on the author’s original reporting, observations or insights. The entry should include a cover page containing the author’s name, address, and contact information — as well as a brief statement attesting to entry’s originality. All entries are due by 11:59pm EST on March, 24, 2017. Additional details about the 2017 literary contest can be found here: http://bit.ly/2m3NOxB
2017 ART CONTEST:
When honoring Hunter S. Thompson, Gonzofest Louisville strives to capture the essence and spirit of Hunter’s legacy. One way we accomplish this is through our Annual GonzoFest Art Contest. With a plethora of subject matter permeating the social climate, a proper piece of work should jump out at the artist.
There is no set theme this year. We are simply looking for the best overall artistic piece. Any medium and size will be accepted. Entrant must pay shipping costs. All pieces will be judged on; originality, technique, and composition.
All entries must be physically submitted via mail to:
GonzoFest Art Contest
4016 Summer Place, New Albany, IN, 47150.
Please include a brief description, as well as your name and best contact information. If you live locally in Louisville, pickup/drop off arrangements can be made. Please email [email protected] for Louisville residents. Deadline for entries is March 24th, by 11:59pm.
Additional details about the 2017 art contest can be found here: http://bit.ly/2kRRClD
Stay tuned for more details to come soon about this year’s musical lineup and more!
ABOUT GONZOFEST LOUISVILLE
GonzoFest Louisville is a festival honoring the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson and the lasting mark he made on literature, journalism, art, and music. Through spoken word, poetry, music, and art GonzoFest Louisville celebrates the life and times of Hunter S. Thompson in his hometown of Louisville, KY. 2017 will mark the seventh year of the festival.