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Constance Alexander: No application required for one of the best jobs in Kentucky

Jeff Worley’s job history is as checkered as the shirt he wears in the ID he carried when he was a taxicab driver in Wichita. Since those days in the 1970s, he has worked as an offset pressman, folk singer, research magazine editor, and university professor. Now retired from University of Kentucky, a new career opportunity recently came his way, via a phone call from the Kentucky Arts Council. “You’ve...

Lexington writer Jeff Worley to be inducted as Kentucky’s next Poet Laureate April 24

Award-winning writer Jeff Worley of Lexington has been appointed 2019-2020 Kentucky Poet Laureate. Worley will be inducted as the next state poet laureate as part of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Writers’ Day celebration, 10 a.m. April 24 at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, 300 Coffee Tree Road in Frankfort. “I’m grateful for the recognition and I’m very eager to...

Constance Alexander: Celebration of Kentucky writers attracts words for all seasons

A realtor, two feminists and an elected public official walk into a public meeting room… It could be the beginning of a joke, but those four — plus about 40 more random individuals — showed up last week to celebrate Kentucky Writers Day, National Poetry Month, and Shakespeare’s Birthday at the Calloway County Public Library. Dr. Bob Davies, President of Murray State University,...

Arts Council invites residents across state to celebrate Kentucky Writers’ Day in Louisville April 24

The Kentucky Arts Council and Poet Laureate Frederick Smock invite all Kentuckians to celebrate Kentucky Writers’ Day, April 24, at Spalding University in Louisville. April 24 is the birthday of Kentucky writer and first United States Poet Laureate Robert Penn Warren. A celebration of Kentucky Writers’ Day at Spalding University in Louisville will cap off a week of literary events around the state...

George Ella Lyon aims for ‘a poem from every county’ with Where I’m From writing project

    In the summer of 1993, Kentucky poet George Ella Lyon started working on the piece that would become her award-winning and internationally acclaimed poem “Where I’m From” (see below). It has since become one of the foremost poetry writing models in the world.   Lyon, Kentucky poet laureate for 2015-16, is using “Kentucky’s ‘Where I’m From’: A Poetry...

George Ella Lyon aims for ‘a poem from every county’ with Where I’m From writing project

    In the summer of 1993, Kentucky poet George Ella Lyon started working on the piece that would become her award-winning and internationally acclaimed poem “Where I’m From” (see below). It has since become one of the foremost poetry writing models in the world.   Lyon, Kentucky poet laureate for 2015-16, is using “Kentucky’s ‘Where I’m From’: A Poetry...

Louisville, Northern Kentucky students win 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing awards

More than 30 Kentucky students were recognized recently by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers for medaling in the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.   The awards, sponsored by Scholastic Inc., and presented annually by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, identify young creative leaders and provide students with strong artistic and literary skills recognition, publication...

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...

Kentucky Writers’ Day is state’s twenty-third, begins April 24 with poet laureate induction

For the 23rd year in a row, Kentucky will celebrate our strong literary heritage with Kentucky Writers’ Day, April 24. The annual celebration involves individuals, writers’ groups, schools, universities and libraries across the state.   Frank X. Walker (Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths) The Kentucky Arts Council has created a guide for teachers and group leaders who wish to get their...