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Kentucky Poet Laureate Frederick Smock

Frederick Smock
Kentucky Poet Laureate
2017 — 2018

“In my teaching, I like to bring poetry to everyone. I imagine that will color
some of what I do as poet laureate.” — Frederick Smock, Kentucky Poet Laureate


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Fred Smock
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Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Louisville poet, author and teacher Frederick Smock as Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2017-18, the Kentucky Arts Council announced today. Smock, was formally inducted during a ceremony on Kentucky Writers’ Day, May 1, 2017 at the Old State Capitol, 300 W. Broadway St. in Frankfort.

“I’m thrilled,” Smock said shortly after learning of his appointment. “Jim Wayne Miller (2015 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame inductee) has said that Kentucky is a writerly state, and that’s so true. Many of our poets laureate have been writers I’ve looked up to, and I’m excited to join their company.”

Though he has only begun to think about goals for his two-year term as poet laureate, Smock said he wants to make poetry relevant to all Kentuckians.

“In my teaching, I like to bring poetry to everyone,” he said. “I imagine that will color some of what I do as poet laureate.”

The Kentucky poet laureate promotes the literary arts in Kentucky through readings of his work at community and educational events, meetings, seminars and conferences across the state. Since 1995, the governor has appointed the position in consultation with the arts council. Smock succeeds poet laureate George Ella Lyon, who was appointed in 2015. Smock will serve through the end of 2018.




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