Kentucky Poet Laureate Former Kentucky Poet Laureate Jane Gentry Vance Dies By Karyn Czar • Oct 3, 2014 New Southerner 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. Walker's Book On Medgar Evers Captures NAACP Nomination By WUKY Staff • Jan 10, 2014 photo provided Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker's book on Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers has been nominated as an outstanding literary work by the NAACP.