poet laureate http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker Wins NAACP Image Award http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-poet-laureate-frank-x-walker-wins-naacp-image-award <p>Frank X Walker, Kentucky's first African American poet laureate, won the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry for "Turn Me Loose: the Unghosting of Medgar&nbsp;Evers," a collection of persona poems that explores <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">the life and assassination of the civil rights pioneer, who was murdered in Mississippi by Byron de la Beckwith 50 years ago last summer</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:30:33 +0000 Erin Keane 8680 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker Wins NAACP Image Award Strange Fruit: Poet Laureate Frank X Walker on Social Justice Through Poetry http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-poet-laureate-frank-x-walker-social-justice-through-poetry <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/130657327&amp;color=e6c350&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:26:56 +0000 Laura Ellis 8311 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Poet Laureate Frank X Walker on Social Justice Through Poetry 'Turn Me Loose': Ky. Poet Laureate Frank X Walker's New Book on Medgar Evers http://wfpl.org/post/turn-me-loose-ky-poet-laureate-frank-x-walkers-new-book-medgar-evers <p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:46:36 +0000 Erin Keane 6585 at http://wfpl.org 'Turn Me Loose': Ky. Poet Laureate Frank X Walker's New Book on Medgar Evers Kentucky Inducts First African American Poet Laureate http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-inducts-first-african-american-poet-laureate <p>In the annual Kentucky Writers' Day program at the Capitol, Governor&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Steve&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beshear</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;inducted poet Frank X Walker as the state's new poet laureate.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Walker is the first African American to hold the post, and at 53 years old, the University of Kentucky professor is also the youngest. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:35:41 +0000 Erin Keane 5126 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Inducts First African American Poet Laureate Something in the Water: Talking Kentucky Literature with Frank X Walker http://wfpl.org/post/something-water-talking-kentucky-literature-frank-x-walker <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Danville native Frank X Walker made history last week when <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/frank-x-walker-named-kentucky-poet-laureate">Governor Steve </a></span><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/frank-x-walker-named-kentucky-poet-laureate">Beshear</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/frank-x-walker-named-kentucky-poet-laureate"> appointed him the next Kentucky poet laureate</a>. Walker is the state’s first African American poet laureate, and at 51, he’s also the youngest.</span></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 22:12:38 +0000 Erin Keane 4159 at http://wfpl.org Something in the Water: Talking Kentucky Literature with Frank X Walker Frank X Walker Named Kentucky Poet Laureate http://wfpl.org/post/frank-x-walker-named-kentucky-poet-laureate <p>Gov. Steve Beshear appointed poet <a href="http://frankxwalker.com/">Frank X Walker</a> the 2013-14 &nbsp;Kentucky Poet Laureate today.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:35:27 +0000 Erin Keane 3997 at http://wfpl.org Frank X Walker Named Kentucky Poet Laureate Axton Reading Series Opens with Poet Laureate http://wfpl.org/post/axton-reading-series-opens-poet-laureate <p>Kentucky’s poet laureate will read from her new book in the Axton Reading Series at the University of Louisville tomorrow.</p><p>Morehead will read from her new collection of poems, “Late August Blues: the Daylily Poems,” in U of L’s Ekstrom Library, in the Chao Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>Morehead is also the author of "In a Yellow Room," "Our Brothers’ War," "A Sense of Time Left" and "The Melancholy Teacher." She teaches in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at Spalding University.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 1798 at http://wfpl.org Axton Reading Series Opens with Poet Laureate Kentucky Poet Laureate Nominations Open http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-poet-laureate-nominations-open <p>The Kentucky Arts Council will accept nominations for the state&#39;s poet laureate position for the 2013-15 term. The position is not limited to the Commonwealth&#39;s poets&mdash;accomplished fiction writers, playwrights and nonfiction and &nbsp;living in Kentucky with strong ties to the state also qualify. &nbsp;</p><p>Nomination forms and program guidelines are available <a href="http://artscouncil.ky.gov/Opportunities/PoetLaureate.htm">on the Kentucky Arts Council website</a>. The deadline for nominations is September 30.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:03:04 +0000 Erin Keane 1110 at http://wfpl.org