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Kentucky Writers' Day Schedule


Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Kentucky Room
Spalding University Library
853 Library Lane
6-7 p.m. EDT

The building entrance is off of Library Lane, just north of Breckenridge St. between 3rd and 4th streets. Meter parking is available on 3rd and 4th street, as well as in a lot outside the Public Library at York St. and Library Lane.

The Kentucky Room is located on the first floor of the library.

Kentucky Writers’ Day Celebration

The Kentucky Arts Council presents readings by Kentucky Poet Laureate 2017-2018 Frederick Smock and former poets laureate Maureen Morehead (2011-2012) and Joe Survant (2003-2004). The readings will be followed by a discussion moderated by Lynnell Edwards, poet and Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program associate program director.

Kentucky Writers’ Day and National Poetry Month will be celebrated across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, including:

Wednesday, April 18
Paul Sawyier Public Library
319 Wapping St.

6 p.m. EDT - open mic
6:30 p.m. EDT - Readings by Kentucky Poet Laureate 1999-2000 Richard Taylor, and poets Leatha Kendrick and Jeff Worley.

Information: or 502-352-2665

Monday, April 23
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
251 W. Second St.

6 p.m. - EDT, Readings by three past Kentucky poets laureate, Gurney Norman (2009-2010), Frank X Walker (2013-2014) and George Ella Lyon (2015-2016). Also invited to read are some of Kentucky's newest writers from the University of Kentucky’s MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Information: 859-254-4175

Monday, April 23
Calloway County Public Library
710 Main St.

6 p.m. CDT - This event is designed as a community gathering to honor Kentucky writers, celebrate National Poetry Month and observe Shakespeare’s 402nd birthday. Families are invited to select favorite poems to read aloud. The festivities will also feature poems by Kentucky’s Robert Penn Warren, and current Kentucky Poet Laureate Frederick Smock.

Information: or 270-753-2288

Tuesday, April 24
Robert Penn Warren Birthplace Museum
122 Cherry St.

11 a.m. CDT - Kentucky Humanities will present Paint the Town Red, a celebration of the birthday of Kentucky author Robert Penn Warren. During the event, the humanities council will announce an upcoming statewide literacy initiative featuring Warren’s work.

Information: or 859-257-4317



The Kentucky Poet Laureate promotes the literary arts in Kentucky through readings of their 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. Frederick Smock was inducted as Kentucky Poet Laureate in 2017 and will serve through 2018.


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