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Eight winners from across state announced for 2019-2020 Poetry Unites Kentucky contest

Jeff Worley, Kentucky Poet Laureate 2019-2020, and Ewa Zadrzynska in coordination with the Kentucky Arts Council have announced the finalists of the 2020 Poetry Unites Kentucky contest for the best short essay about a favorite poem: The winners are: 1. Vicky Easterly, from Frankfort, for the loving description of the family farm where she was raised and her sad resolve in leaving, after “The Peace...

Poetry Unites Kentucky contest deadline extended to Oct. 1; contest on favorite poem open to Kentuckians

Responding to several requests from the prospect contest’s participants, the Poetry Unites Kentucky contest’s deadline has been extended to Oct. 1. The Poetry Unites Kentucky contest for the best essay on a favorite poem is open to all Kentuckians and is inviting them to write about their favorite poem. Eight finalists will be chosen from submitted essays and from those four will be selected to...

Constance Alexander: With so much division in our society today, can poetry really unite America?

Probably not but it gives you something to think about. Just a day ago I asked Facebook friends to name their favorite poems. They swarmed in like horseflies — agile, biting, high on sweet nectar of the madness we call poetry Poetry Unites America, an unscripted documentary film series, is based on the premise that sharing the poetry we love most can bring us together in these days of political,...