poet laureate

Arts and Humanities
10:30 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker Wins NAACP Image Award

Credit Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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 Evers," a collection of persona poems that explores the life and assassination of the civil rights pioneer, who was murdered in Mississippi by Byron de la Beckwith 50 years ago last summer. "Turn Me Loose" was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2013.

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Arts and Humanities
2:46 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

'Turn Me Loose': Ky. Poet Laureate Frank X Walker's New Book on Medgar Evers

Credit Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Kentucky's poet laureate Frank X Walker has a new book out. "Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers" (University of Georgia Press) is a collection of persona poems about the life and assassination of the civil rights pioneer, who was murdered in Mississippi by Byron de la Beckwith 50 years ago this summer. Evers was the first NAACP field secretary for Mississippi, and he was instrumental in the desegregation campaign at the University of Mississippi and the efforts to bring murdered Chicago teen Emmett Till's killers to justice. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:35 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Kentucky Inducts First African American Poet Laureate

Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker speaks at Kentucky Writers' Day in the Capitol.
Kentucky Arts Council

In the annual Kentucky Writers' Day program at the Capitol, Governor Steve Beshear inducted poet Frank X Walker as the state's new poet laureate. Walker is the first African American to hold the post, and at 53 years old, the University of Kentucky professor is also the youngest. The Kentucky Arts Council announced Walker's appointment in February.

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Arts and Humanities
5:12 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Something in the Water: Talking Kentucky Literature with Frank X Walker

Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Danville native Frank X Walker made history last week when Governor Steve Beshear appointed him the next Kentucky poet laureate. Walker is the state’s first African American poet laureate, and at 51, he’s also the youngest.

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Arts and Humanities
11:35 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Frank X Walker Named Kentucky Poet Laureate

Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Gov. Steve Beshear appointed poet Frank X Walker the 2013-14  Kentucky Poet Laureate today.

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Axton Reading Series Opens with Poet Laureate

Kentucky poet laureate Maureen Morehead, author of "Late August Blues: the Daylily Poems"
Barry Westerman Kentucky Arts Council

Kentucky’s poet laureate will read from her new book in the Axton Reading Series at the University of Louisville tomorrow.

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.

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.

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Arts and Humanities
4:03 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Kentucky Poet Laureate Nominations Open

The Kentucky Arts Council will accept nominations for the state's poet laureate position for the 2013-15 term. The position is not limited to the Commonwealth's poets—accomplished fiction writers, playwrights and nonfiction and  living in Kentucky with strong ties to the state also qualify.  

Nomination forms and program guidelines are available on the Kentucky Arts Council website. The deadline for nominations is September 30.

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