February 21, 2014
FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Arts Council has released the 2014 Kentucky Writers’ Day Planning Guide to help schools, businesses and other community organizations plan their own celebrations to commemorate Kentucky writers.
The planning guide, separated by organization type, includes lists of helpful suggestions and creative ways to mark the day and recognize some of Kentucky’s finest literary artists.
“Kentucky Writers’ Day is celebrated uniquely all across the Commonwealth,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “Our hope is that communities will use this resource as inspiration to plan their own way to honor the day.”
Kentucky Writers’ Day is April 24 and will be celebrated state-wide by schools, libraries, writers’ groups, businesses, senior citizens’ centers and more. 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.
The arts council will host a Kentucky Writers’ Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. April 24 in the Capitol Rotunda with a public reception to follow on the Mezzanine. The celebration will include readings by Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker and past poets laureate Maureen Morehead, Gurney Norman, Jane Gentry Vance, Sena Jeter Naslund, Joe Survant and Richard Taylor.
For more information about Kentucky Writers’ Day, visit http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KentuckyArt/WritersDay_aboutSchedule.htm.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.