Kentucky Poet Laureate Lexington Author George Ella Lyon Named Next Kentucky Poet Laureate By Josh James • Mar 13, 2015 Bobbie Combs-Kentucky Arts Council Lexington author and educator George Ella Lyon is set to become Kentucky’s 27th poet laureate. Governor Steve Beshear made the announcement official Friday. Former Kentucky Poet Laureate Jane Gentry Vance Dies By Karyn Czar • Oct 3, 2014 A former Kentucky Poet Laureate has died after an 18 month long battle with cancer. Jane Gentry Vance passed away this week. Ky. Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker Wins NAACP Image Award By WUKY Staff • Feb 22, 2014 UK Public Relations Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker has won an NAACP Image Award.