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Poets Highlight Third Installment of James Baker Hall Series

By Katy Bennett, Student Activities Board

“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words,” a famous poet once said. Come hear from poets who call Kentucky home at the third installment of the James Baker Hall Writer’s Series at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Student Center Small Ballroom. This event is free and sponsored by the Student Activities Board.

James Baker Hall was a renowned Kentucky writer, UK faculty member, intense Wildcat fan, and ultimately an interesting person. This series is dedicated to writers who have been raised or influenced by living in Kentucky and designed as a memorial to Baker Hall. This week the series will feature poets Erik Reece and Maureen Morehead.

Reece is a writer of prose and poetry and is the author of two acclaimed books and numerous essays and articles that have been published in Harper's Magazine, The Nation, and Orion magazine. His voice has brought national attention to Appalachia and the traditions of Kentucky. He was raised in Louisville and received two degrees from UK. He currently lives in Lexington.

Morehead is currently serving as Kentucky's Poet Laureate for 2011-2012. Her third collection of poetry "The Melancholy Teacher" was published in 2010 and has received widespread acclaim. Morehead has published three collections of poetry books. Her fourth book, "Our Brothers’ War," is based on the lives of Kentucky women during the Civil War. Morehead’s work is featured in "The Kentucky Anthology: Two Hundred Years of Writing in the Bluegrass State,” "Conversations with Kentucky Writers II" and "Kentucky Voices: A Bicentennial Celebration of Kentucky Writing."

“These poets are highly acclaimed here in Kentucky and I’m excited for students and faculty to hear their awesome work,” said Shannon Ruhl, director of SAB Cultural Arts Committee.

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