National Book Award Winner Reads at 21C

Lexington poet Nikky Finney has been on the road, visiting 20 cities in three months. It’s her second tour for “Head Off & Split,” her fourth collection of poems that won the National Book Award last fall. Finney will read in Louisville tonight at 21C Museum Hotel. Throughout her tour, Finney says she’s heard from […]

New Poet Laureate Always Encouraging Others to Write

Nations and states often bestow the title of poet laureate onto venerated writers and Kentucky is no different. The commonwealth created the position in 1926 and those named to the post are expected to promote the literary arts and lead the state in literary activities. While Gurney Norman was just appointed to the position in […]

Kentucky Student Places Second in Poetry Out Loud

A Kentucky high school student finished near the top in the National Endowment for the Arts’ Poetry Out Loud contest. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Barbara Gooding of Western Hills High School in Frankfort received $10,000 and her school got $500 to purchase poetry books when the high school junior came in second in Poetry Out […]

Governor's School for the Arts Launches Fundraiser

The Kentucky Center’s Governor’s School for the Arts is working to offset the cuts it’s taken in state funding. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Since 1987, hundreds of talented students throughout the state have participated in the program’s workshops and its annual residential program, where they receive rigorous instruction in the visual, performing and literary […]