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Lesley Cissell: Late, great Jane Gentry Vance was, to me, so much more than just a poet

Jane always looked down those readers at you when making a point. (Photo from Ky. Arts Council)   I knew her before she was famous … before she was dean … before she was English chair … before she was Kentucky Poet Laureate. I knew Jane Gentry Vance when she taught my University of Kentucky Honors Program class in a hot attic room at the top of the old M.I. King Library and...

Frank X and six other poet laureates celebrate Kentucky Writers’ Day in Capitol Rotunda

A large crowd gathered in the Capitol Rotunda last year on April 24 for the induction of Frank X Walker as the Kentucky Poet Laureate. He and six others will celebrate Kentucky Writers Day again on April 24 in the same spot. (Photo from KAC)   Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker and six past poets laureate will gather April 24 in the Capitol Rotunda for readings and book signings in celebration...

Planning guide offers educators creative ideas to celebrate 2014 Kentucky Writers’ Day

The Kentucky Arts Council has released the 2014 Kentucky Writers’ Day Planning Guide to help schools, businesses and other community organizations plan their own celebrations to commemorate Kentucky writers.   The planning guide, separated by organization type, includes lists of helpful suggestions and creative ways to mark the day and recognize some of Kentucky’s finest literary...

Planning guide offers educators creative ideas to celebrate 2014 Kentucky Writers' Day

The Kentucky Arts Council has released the 2014 Kentucky Writers’ Day Planning Guide to help schools, businesses and other community organizations plan their own celebrations to commemorate Kentucky writers.   The planning guide, separated by organization type, includes lists of helpful suggestions and creative ways to mark the day and recognize some of Kentucky’s finest literary...

Newly-inducted poet laureate Frank X Walker receives standing ovation at capitol ceremony

Kentucky’s youngest and first African-American poet laureate was inducted yesterday in a ceremony at the State Capitol Rotunda.   Newly-inducted Poet Laureate Frank X Walker blows a kiss to the crowd who gave him a standing ovation following his remarks. (Photo from KAC) Frank X Walker will be the 2013-14 Kentucky Poet Laureate. He spoke and read from some of his work. Also reading were...