poet laureate http://wfpl.org en What You Need to Know About Charles Wright, the New U.S. Poet Laureate http://wfpl.org/post/what-you-need-know-about-charles-wright-new-us-poet-laureate <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Library of Congress announced Thursday that the next U.S. Poet Laureate would be 78-year-old Charles Wright. Wright, who is retired from the University of Virginia, is the author of more than 20 collections of poems. His work has won nearly every major award, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Ruth Lilly Prize.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Wright is a Tennessee native, and succeeds Natasha Trethewey, an Atlanta-based poet with <a href="http://poetry.newgreyhair.com/post/44085400476/early-evening-frankfort-kentucky-natasha-trethewey">roots in Kentucky</a>. His appointment is for one year, though the Library of Congress may extend it for two. The duties of the position are left largely to the individual laureates to define. Wright, for his part, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/13/321586882/charles-wright-the-contemplative-poet-laureate">tells NPR that he'll "probably stay here at home and think about things."</a></p><p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 9563 at http://wfpl.org What You Need to Know About Charles Wright, the New U.S. Poet Laureate Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker to Speak Tomorrow in Spalding University Festival http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-poet-laureate-frank-x-walker-speak-tomorrow-spalding-university-festival <p>Frank X Walker, who made Kentucky history last year when he became <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/frank-x-walker-named-kentucky-poet-laureate">the first African American writer to be named poet laureate</a> of the Bluegrass state, will speak and read from his newest collection of poems, "Turn Me Loose: the Unghosting of Medgar Evers," <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-poet-laureate-frank-x-walker-wins-naacp-image-award">which won the NAACP Image Award earlier this year</a>, Thursday in Louisville.&nbsp;<a href="http://spalding.edu/frank-x-walker-speak-diana-m-raab-distinguished-writer-r Wed, 28 May 2014 15:24:21 +0000 Erin Keane 9432 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker to Speak Tomorrow in Spalding University Festival 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