Frederick Smock, author of The Deer at Gethsemani: Ecologues, is the new Poet Laureate of Kentucky! The Kentucky Arts council made an announcement on Tuesday, April 18. Smock will officially be inducted on Kentucky Writers’ Day, which is May 1, 2017.
A new Poet Laureate is picked on every odd-numbered year. The honor of Poet Laureate has been held by a few Accents-published authors including George Ella Lyon, Frank X Walker, and Richard Taylor. The current Poet Laureate is George Ella Lyon.
Frank X Walker read during the inauguration of George Ella Lyon at Kentucky Writers’ Day on April 24th, 2015. He read the poem “Love Letter to the World”, which was the poem selected for the Lexington Tattoo Projectin in 2015.
Kentucky Writers’ Day was established by the Kentucky General Assemply in 1990 in order to honor Robert Penn Warren, which is why it is set on or around his birthday, April 24th. Every odd year, the event inaugurates the new Kentucky Poet Laureate. In 2015, that was George Ella Lyon.