We're blessed in the Bluegrass State with a rich literary heritage featuring writers such as James Lane Allen, Harriette Arnow, Harry Caudill, John Fox Jr., Janice Holt Giles, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Jesse Stuart, Allen Tate, James Still, Hunter S. Thompson, and Robert Penn Warren (the nation's first poet laureate and the only three-time Pulitzer Prize winner).
Among the present day literary stars include Wendell Berry, Chris Holbrook, Bobbie Ann Mason, Sue Grafton, Karen Robards, Teresa Medeiros, Silas House, Gwyn Hyman Rubio, Sena Jeter Naslund, and Frank X Walker, the current state poet laureate.
And we have a few with strong Kentucky connections such as Barbara Kingsolver, Fenton Johnson, and Chris Offutt. The Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort has compiled an impressive list that includes websites.
A ceremony will be held in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort at 10 a.m., featuring Walker and past poets laureate Maureen Morehead, Gurney Norman, Jane Gentry Vance, Naslund, Joe Survant and Richard Taylor reading from their works.
It will be followed by a public reception at 11, in the Capitol mezzanine.
For Kentuckians, this is an excellent opportunity to celebrate literature, poetry, and writers in your communities. The Kentucky Arts Council has a planning guide to help libraries, schools, civic organizations, senior citizens centers and more to join the effort.
"Kentucky Writers' Day is celebrated uniquely all across the Commonwealth," Lori Meadows, arts council executive director, said in a news release. "Our hope is that communities will use this resource as inspiration to plan their own way to honor the day."
So let's get ready to celebrate!
Until the next time...