Showcasing the Arts


Kentucky Poet Laureate

What is it?

The Kentucky Poet Laureate, a position established by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1991, is appointed by the Governor for a two-year term (based on nominations collected by the Kentucky Arts Council) and is expected to travel the state promoting the literary arts at meetings, seminars and conferences.

Who’s eligible?

Writers accomplished in any of the recognized literary forms, including poetry, fiction, biography, creative nonfiction, playwriting, etc., who are Kentucky residents with a long association with the Commonwealth.

What’s the deadline for nominations?

Oct. 1, 2020, 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. (for the 2021-2022 term)

How do I make a nomination?

  1. Carefully review the program guidelines.

  2. Complete the nomination form.

  3. Mail us a printout of your nomination with any supporting materials.

If my nominee is selected, what are his or her responsibilities?

If I have questions, who can help me?

Tamara Coffey
Organization Support and Individual Artist Director
888-833-278 (toll free)


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