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Kentucky Poet Laureate Jeff Worley


Jeff Worley
Kentucky Poet Laureate
2019-2020

“I’m grateful for the recognition and I’m very eager to spread the gospel of poetry around the state,” — Jeff Worley, Kentucky Poet Laureate

 

To request a reading or other activity, email the poet laureate at jworley@uky.edu. Include "Poet Laureate Request" in the subject line.

Jeff Worley

 


Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Lexington poet Jeff Worley as Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2019-20, the Kentucky Arts Council announced March 27. Worley was formally inducted during a ceremony on Kentucky Writers’ Day, April 24, 2019, at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, 300 Coffee Tree Road in Frankfort.

Here are Jeff Worley’s remarks from the ceremony.

“I’m grateful for the recognition and I’m very eager to spread the gospel of poetry around the state,” Worley said.

During his tenure as Kentucky Poet Laureate, Worley plans to promote Kentucky writing and writers.

“I picture going to high schools, colleges, libraries and various civic groups to help spread the word,” he said. “I’m retired after 22 years at UK, so I have time to do this. I’m looking forward to it tremendously.”

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. Worley succeeds poet laureate Frederick Smock, who was appointed in 2017. Worley will serve through the end of 2020.

Watch the entire ceremony on YouTube at https://youtu.be/394wQDtHTB4

 


 

 

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