Frank X Walker
Kentucky Poet Laureate
2013 - 2014



Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Frank X Walker to serve as Kentucky Poet Laureate for the 2013 – 2014 term. As poet laureate,Walker will promote the arts and lead the state in literary endeavors through readings and public presentations at meetings, seminars, conferences and events, including Kentucky Writers' Day. Walker was formally inducted at a public ceremony and reception, in conjunction with Kentucky Writers' Day, on April 24, 2013, in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.

The Kentucky Poet Laureate nomination and selection process is coordinated and administered by the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency. An independent panel reviews the nominations and submits its recommendation to the Governor for appointment.


Watch Frank X Walker's Induction Speech



CLICK HERE to read National Endowment for the Arts interview with Frank X Walker.


CLICK HERE to see videos from previous
Poet Laureate Inductions
and Kentucky Writers' Day activities.





Kentucky Arts Council