Bianca Spriggs

Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow, Bianca Spriggs, is a freelance instructor of composition, literature, and creative writing. She holds degrees from Transylvania University and the University of Wisconsin. She is a Kentucky Humanities Council Lecturer and the creator and programmer of the Gypsy Poetry Slam featured annually at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference.

Christabel and the Jons

Christabel & the Jons is currently on tour from Louisiana to Maine and everywhere in between, promoting their album “Custom Made for You” and singing a bunch of new bossa nova and country swing tunes which will soon be recorded on their third CD, "The Same Mistake." Lead singer and songwriter Christa DeCicco is earning a reputation as one of the southeast's finest laid-back jazz singers. Old suitcases and vintage clothes from the 1920s-1950s give the performance a nostalgic ambiance, but it's the songs that really captivate. They can often be found in thrift stores as they travel from town to town, hunting for clip-on ties and cocktail dresses.

Jeremy Paden

Jeremy Paden was born in Italy and raised in Central America and the Dominican Republic. He is a member of the Lexington-based writers collective, the Affrilachian Poets and is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American literature and culture at Transylvania University. His poems have been published in or accepted for publication in "Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review," "Atlanta Review," "Christianity and Literature," the "Transylvanian," "Lone Star Legacy," a couple of anthologies. He has also published a number of essays on Colonial Latin American literature and history.

Lauren Houston

Lauren’s multi-genre blend naturally comes through in her Americana song writing style. Lauren’s song subjects are personal, deep and thought provoking. Her sound is an expressive, eloquent portrayal of life through music. She feels her broad personal interest in music has helped her create a mix of folk, country, bluegrass, pop, blues and soul. Lauren says “I never wanted to be nailed down to one specific genre. I like the fact that I am all across the board.”