Bluegrass Poet Laureates Celebrate Kentucky Writer’s Day


Across the Commonwealth, young people are encouraged to take up their pens in creative writing and poetry as Kentucky poet laureates of present and past commemorate their literary work and celebrate Kentucky Writer’s Day. 

Kentucky Writer’s Day is an annual tradition celebrating the commonwealth’s immense, extraordinary literary tradition from Louisvillian Hunter S. Thompson to Kentuckian Robert Penn Warren, who served as the first U.S. poet laureate and won three Pulitzer Prizes. 

Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker and 16-year old Virginia sophomore Alin Dolinh will celebrate Kentucky Writer’s Day with readings in Frankfurt.  Joined by six other past Kentucky poet lauearates, Dolinh serves as the Southeastern representative in the National Student Poets Program. 

The National Student Poets Program is part of the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities. 

Robert Penn Warren, a native Kentuckian, penned “All the King’s Men” which has made its way as a classic literary piece withstanding the test of time. 

 "We're honored to have Aline share her work with us during our annual celebration of Kentucky's strong and important literary heritage,” said Lori Meadows, Kentucky Arts Council Executive Director, in a press release, "We hope that Aline's participation in Kentucky Writers' Day will inspire other young people to explore poetry and writing.”

Also at Kentucky Writer’s Day are recitations of Kentucky’s Poetry Out Loud state champions. 

The reading on Kentucky Writer’s Day is free and starts at 10 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda Room at 700 Capitol Ave. in Frankfurt.  School groups, Kentucky writers and poets, and the general public are encouraged to attend. 

For teacher resources on Kentucky Writer’s Day, click here

Photo Courtesy Angie Clark. 

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