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Constance Alexander: Beloved Kentucky writer Jesse Stuart will open your eyes; just read one of his books

In 1954, beloved Kentucky writer Jesse Stuart made a presentation to a full house of teachers in Lovett Auditorium on the Murray State College campus. Afterward, as people lined to meet him and praise his works, he didn’t have time for pleasantries. He was in a hurry. His career was just starting to take off big-time, and a chartered plane was waiting to take him to another gig in Southern Illinois. Suddenly,...

New Jesse Stuart junior book ‘Bluetick Pig’ is first published in 48 Years; available now

The Jesse Stuart Foundation in Ashland, Kentucky is pleased to announce the publication of a new, never-before published junior book by Jesse Stuart. Bluetick Pigis the story of a small runt pig, Bluetick, who is adopted and raised by young Sarah Powell.  Bluetick and the Powell family share many fun adventures as Bluetick grows into a fine hog, but one with an uncertain future. Between 1953 and...

UK Cooperative Extension Service using arts, natural sciences to bring renowned writer’s works to life

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward The Greenup County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is using the arts and natural sciences to bring the works of a world-renowned writer to life for students in his native county. Anne Stephens, the county’s fine arts extension agent, collaborated with Greenup County Farm Bureau, Greenup County School District and Shawnee State...

Kentucky by Heart: Writing room provides many opportunities for virtual trips, enriching experiences

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist My sweet spot for leisurely travel destinations is almost always centered within the state of Kentucky. I don’t feel deprived at all in saying so about what might seem to be such modest expectations; Kentucky is a special place that I can both enjoy and feel a sense of pride as I travel it. Call me simple in tastes, but it won’t matter a bit to me. There’s...

Kentucky by Heart: Inspired to write, honor everyday people by David and Lalie Dick

  Lalie and David Dick have co-authored numerous books through their Plum Lick Publishing Co., which was named after David Dick’s ancestral Plum Lick home in Bourbon County. (Photo by David Perry)   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   I often present the word “inspire” to elementary school students I teach. I’ll usually start by asking if they ever imagine themselves as...

Seven writers added to Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, including a monk and a prisoner

Etheridge Knight (Photo from Poetry Foundation)   The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning inducted its second class of seven writers into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame including, for the first time, a children’s author, a spiritual writer, a historian and the first writer connected to a political movement.   Rebecca Caudill, from Adair County, was a children’s book author;...