The Kentucky Arts Council presents Kentucky Writers’ Day on or around April 24 each year in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. Citizens devoted to the literary arts gather to hear readings from Kentucky’s current and former poets laureate and recitations by Kentucky’s young Poetry Out Loud state champions. The festivities include a public reception where visitors can mingle with the authors and others who share their interests.
The Kentucky General Assembly established Kentucky Writers’ Day in 1990 to honor Kentucky’s strong literary tradition and to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Kentucky native Robert Penn Warren, the first poet laureate of the United States and winner of three Pulitzer prizes. In odd-numbered years, a new Kentucky Poet Laureate is inducted as a part of the Kentucky Writers’ Day ceremony.
Kentucky Writers’ Day is celebrated by individuals, bookstores, writers’ groups, universities, high schools, elementary schools, libraries and others across the Commonwealth.
The Kentucky Arts Council encourages those interested in celebrating Kentucky Writers’ Day but unable to attend the ceremony in Frankfort to create their own event. Consult the Writers’ Day Planning Guide for ideas suitable for schools, colleges and universities, organizations, writing and reading groups, businesses, community centers and state and local agencies.
Read more about Robert Penn Warren.