Jelly Bucket, EKU's Literary Journal, Goes Nationwide

The third annual issue of Jelly Bucket, the international literary journal designed and produced by students of Eastern Kentucky University’s Bluegrass Writers Studio, is now available in Barnes & Noble, Hastings, and Bookstar outlets from coast to coast.

The issue includes fiction by Macarthur Grant recipient Stuart Dybek; poetry by award-winning Irish poet Eileen Casey; an essay by Father Joe Maier, director of The Mercy Centre in Bangkok, Thailand; haiku and art by master haijin Kunihari Shimizu, and much more. The cover art was donated by painter Joe DeCamillis, whose works are collected nationally and internationally. Full-color text-as-art features grace the issue from cover to cover, including 13th-century illuminated manuscripts collected by Dr. Bruce MacLaren, professor of history at EKU.

Novelist Derek Nikitas directs the Bluegrass Writers Studio, which grants master’s of fine arts (MFA) degrees in creative writing. Russell Helms, the coordinator of the program, serves as managing editor of the publication, coordinating design and production, and working closely with students in the MFA program to produce each issue. Lindsey Frantz, the 2012 editor and a graduate of the program, used her publication skills to recently land two prize editorial positions, one for a major publisher and the other with

To purchase a copy of Jelly Bucket using your credit card, visit, or visit one of the 232 U.S. retailers that carry Jelly Bucket (the website includes a complete listing). The publication cost is $12.

Applications for EKU’s Bluegrass Writers Studio, a division within the Department of English and Theatre (chaired by Dr. James Keller), are accepted year-round, and students may enter the program during any fall or spring semester. For more information about the program, visit or call 859-622-3093.

Published on January 20, 2012

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