Arts and culture

The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame announced its 2014 Hall of Fame class at an induction ceremony on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the Carnegie Center. This is the second class to be inducted.

The seven new members of the 2014 Hall of Fame class were: children’s author Rebecca Caudill, best known for A Pocketful of Cricket and Tree of Freedom; University of Kentucky professor Thomas D. Clark, author of A History of Kentucky; novelist Janice Holt Giles, whose work focused on Kentucky historical fiction; James Baker Hall, a UK professor and Kentucky’s 2001 Poet Laureate; Affrilachian poet Etheridge Knight, whose work was strongly influenced by the Civil Rights Movement; Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and one of the most prolific 20th century Catholic writers; and Jesse Stuart, known for his sonnets and focus on rural Appalachia.

Selections from their work were read during a one hour ceremony before a live audience by Marcia Thornton Jones, Dr. James Klotter, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Sarah Wylie VanMeter, Jude McPherson, Eric Reece & Georgia Green Stamper. Carnegie Center Director Neil Chethik served as Master of Ceremonies, providing the introductions for each writer and reader.

WUKY’s broadcast, which airs initially on March 1st at 2 pm was recorded by Chase Cavanaugh and produced by Tom Godell with assistance from Rusty Sharp. The program and this web page have been generously underwritten by our friends at the Morris Book Shop.

The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame was created in 2013 to celebrate the Commonwealth’s greatest and most influential authors. Five writers were inducted in a special ceremony at Lexington’s Carnegie Center on February 2, 2017: Irvin S. Cobb, Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr., A.B. Guthrie Jr., Gayl Jones and Barbara Kingsolver.

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