poetry

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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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
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
4:20 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Poet Maurice Manning Opens Natural Habitat Reading Series

Typecast Publishing, founded in 2006, is a boutique publishing house based in Louisville, which WFPL's Erin Keane says, "has blossomed into a bit of grassroots mini media empire." Thursday night, they kicked off their summer reading series with Kentucky poet Maurice Manning.

Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon April 30, 2012

National Book Award Winner Reads at 21C

Poet Nikky Finney
Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Lexington poet Nikky Finney has been on the road, visiting 20 cities in three months. It’s her second tour for “Head Off & Split,” her fourth collection of poems that won the National Book Award last fall.

Finney will read in Louisville tonight at 21C Museum Hotel.

Throughout her tour, Finney says she’s heard from people who saw her powerful acceptance speech during the November awards broadcast and went wild.

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