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Kentucky’s Poet Laureate, a Georgetown College graduate, returns to campus for a public reading

Kentucky’s Poet Laureate, Frederick Smock, Ph.D., Georgetown College Class of 1976, returns to campus on Tuesday, Nov. 7 for a reading. It is open to the public. The reading will be held in the Ward Room, first floor of the college’s Ensor Learning Resource Center located near South Mulberry and East College Streets, beginning at 11 a.m.

Fred Smock

Smock is a Louisville native and is now a Professor of English at Bellarmine University. He has published ten books of poems and essays. Two new books are forthcoming: Book of Earthly Delights, poems from Larkspur Press, and On Poetry: Palm-of-the-Hand Essays, from Broadstone Books.

For fifteen years, Smock edited The American Voice, an international literary journal. Those papers are housed in the Duke University Archives.

His Awards include the 2002 Henry Leadingham Poetry Prize, the 2003 Jim Wayne Miller Prize for Poetry, the 2005 Bellarmine University Wyatt Faculty Award, and the 2008 Kentucky Literary Award for Poetry. In 1995, the Kentucky Arts Council awarded him the Al Smith Fellowship in Poetry.

Nationally, his work has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Hudson Review, Poetry (Chicago), The Southern Review, Poetry East, Shenandoah, American Poetry Review, Arts & Letters, The Antioch Review, The Bloomsbury Review, and many others.

Internationally, his work has appeared in Russkya Mysl (Russia), Dublin Poetry Review (Ireland), Olivier (Argentina), Art-Interpres (Sweden), and others.

Smock was appointed Kentucky’s Poet Laureate for 2017-2018 by Gov. Matt Bevin.

From Georgetown College

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