Contact: Katy Yocom
Master of Fine Arts in Writing
Spalding University
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Award-winning Poet and Spalding Professor 
of Creative Writing Kathleen Driskell
Publishes Her Fourth Book of Poetry: Blue Etiquette

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (September 14, 2016)--Spalding University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program congratulates Associate Program Director and Professor of Creative Writing Kathleen Driskell on the September 17 release of her fourth book, Blue Etiquette: Poems, published by Red Hen Press of Pasadena. Red Hen describes Blue Etiquette as “a vividly imagined and inspired conversation between the poet and Emily Post about the rarely seen working lives of American women and tense interactions between the haves and have nots.”  

When Kathleen Driskell pulled an old edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette from the used bookstore shelf and blew dust off the blue linen cover, she instantly found herself and her family within those pages—not as the Worldlys, Oldlineages, or the Gildings (archetypes Post created to demonstrate how to properly manage a grand house full of servants), but as the housemaids, cooks, and useful men working for those very rich. The noted poet—whose collection Seed Across Snow was twice listed as a national bestseller by the Poetry Foundation—explores class, the workplace, and those tense interactions between the haves and the have nots in her new collection. As America watches its middle class quickly decline, Blue Etiquette rings with relevance.

Driskell reads from Blue Etiquette at Carmichael’s Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, on Thursday, September 29 at 7 pm. Other presentations can be found at

Blue Etiquette is available for pre-ordering from Red Hen through this exclusive link. For any orders received through this link by September 30, 2016, Red Hen will offer free shipping. Book orders will be shipped out within two weeks of publication. Books are also available to order at Carmichael’s Bookstore and on Barnes & NobleAmazon, and other independent bookstores.

Spalding’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, playwriting, and screenwriting. Fall and spring semesters begin in Louisville in November and May, respectively, while a summer semester with residency abroad begins in June or July and is designed to fit teachers’ schedules. The summer 2017 residency takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Spalding MFA program also offers a post-baccalaureate certificate in creative writing for those who are interested in graduate writing instruction but do not wish to pursue a degree. For more information, see