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Constance Alexander: New poems by Kentucky’s Frank X Walker are born out of a churning cauldron

After the dedication to all survivors of father loss, readers of poet Frank X Walker’s new book — “Last Will, Last Testament” — are confronted with a startling statement: “In a family of secrets, he who asks hard questions sounds like a gun.” These compelling poems seesaw between fathers and sons, examining how those relationships pass sorrow and strength from one generation...

Kentucky Humanities centers statewide literacy initiative on Wendell Berry’s ‘Hannah Coulter’

Kentucky Humanities has selected Wendell Berry’s Hannah Coulter for its 2020 Kentucky Reads. The novel will be at the center of statewide conversations on the changes in rural America, rural Kentucky and including what it means to be part of a rural community. Hannah Coulter was selected in conjunction with the arrival of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Crossroads: Change in Rural America coming...

Kentucky author Wendell Berry receives inaugural Kentucky Humanities Carl West Literary Award

Kentucky author Wendell Berry received the inaugural Kentucky Humanities Carl West Literary Award, presented in a ceremony last week at the Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort. Presented by Kentucky Humanities, the literary award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact on the literary culture of the Commonwealth. The award is named in honor of Kentucky journalist Carl West,...

Kentucky featured artist, local poet wishes to create meaningful community conversations

Staff report   Art comes in all shapes and sizes and if anyone knows that, none knows it better than multi-disciplinary artist Bianca Spriggs.   The Lexington poet has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council’s featured artist for June.   Spriggs is an all-around artist. She works in multiple mediums including written word, film and visual art. She was the recipient of a 2013...