poetry

Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Sun June 15, 2014

What You Need to Know About Charles Wright, the New U.S. Poet Laureate

Charles Wright, the newly-appointed U.S. Poet Laureate, reading at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice, Georgetown University, 2013.
Credit S L O W K I N G. / Wikimedia Commons

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. 

Wright is a Tennessee native, and succeeds Natasha Trethewey, an Atlanta-based poet with roots in Kentucky. 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, tells NPR that he'll "probably stay here at home and think about things."

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Arts and Humanities
11:24 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker to Speak Tomorrow in Spalding University Festival

Frank X Walker
Credit Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Frank X Walker, who made Kentucky history last year when he became the first African American writer to be named poet laureate of the Bluegrass state, will speak and read from his newest collection of poems, "Turn Me Loose: the Unghosting of Medgar Evers," which won the NAACP Image Award earlier this year, Thursday in Louisville. 

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Local News
4:03 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

The Gary Snyder Interview: Buddhism, Beat Poetry and Environmentalism

Gary Snyder and WFPL's Jonathan Bastian

Born in 1930, Gary Snyder is one of the last surviving writers of the Beat Generation — a generation that included Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

Snyder is a naturalist, an essayist and devout Buddhist. At the age of 26, he said goodbye to the Beats in San Francisco, and lived for seven years in Japan, studying at a Zen monastery. He won the Pulitzer prize in poetry in 1974.

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Arts and Humanities
2:45 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Poets Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder Share their Letters at Festival of Faiths Live Event

Literary giants Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder will discuss their new book Wednesday at Louisville's annual Festival of Faiths, which takes place this year at Actors Theatre of Louisville. The poets are avid letter-writers, and their shared correspondence has been collected and published as "Distant Neighbors: the Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder," out next month by Counterpoint Press. Publisher Jack Shoemaker will moderate. 

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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
4:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Listen | Tom C. Hunley Reads a Poem for Simpsons Bus Driver Otto

The InKY Reading Series returns to The Bard's Town tonight at 7 p.m. with readings by Kentucky poet Tom C. Hunley and Spalding University MFA in Writing alum Marci Rae Johnson, with a special emerging writer reading by Louisville poet John James. 

The monthly reading series is free and features an open mic.

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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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Local News
11:00 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Frank X Walker on Black Jockeys From Isaac Murphy to Kevin Krigger

In today's Kentucky Derby, jockey Kevin Krigger will have a chance to become the first African-American jockey to win the Derby since 1902. African-American jockeys were dominant in the Derby's formative years. Most of the jockeys in the first Derby were black, including the winner.

One of the most legendary African-American jockeys was Isaac Murphy. Murphy rode to victory in three Kentucky Derby races and is considered one of the best jockeys of all time. Murphy is the subject of a collection of poems by Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker.

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Arts and Humanities
11:57 am
Fri April 12, 2013

National Poetry Month: Frets, Beats and Breaks

Mitchell L.H. Douglas
Credit Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Louisville native Mitchell L.H. Douglas returns home tonight to read from his new collection of poems, “\blak\ \al-fə bet\,” which won the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award from Persea Books. Douglas reads from his new work tonight at the InKY Reading Series, 7-9 p.m. at The Bard's Town on Bardtown Road.

Douglas' first collection, "Cooling Board: a Long-Playing Poem," a finalist for the 2010 NAACP Image Awards, explored the life and death of soul singer Donny Hathaway, but “\blak\ \al-fə bet\” is a more personal collection of poems about Douglas' Southern family after the death of its matriarch. 

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