Kentucky Poet Laureate

Bellarmine University

The Kentucky Arts Council says poet, author and teacher Frederick Smock has been named as Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2017-2018.

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.

A former Kentucky Poet Laureate has died after an 18 month long battle with cancer.  Jane Gentry Vance passed away this week.

UK Public Relations

Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker has won an NAACP Image Award.