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Literary Festival

2023 Fall Speaker Series

Headshot of Willie Carver Jr


A Reading with Willie Carver, Jr

October 25, 4:00 pm

103 Coulter Building 

Cover Image of the collection Gay Poems for Red States


Join us for a free reading and book signing by 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and author of Gay Poems for Red States, recently named a BookRiot Best Book of 2023.

Willie is a candidate for the MFA in poetry at the University of Kentucky. He publishes and presents on the subjects of education, marginalization, and identity, and his story has been featured on ABC, CBS, PBS, NPR, and in The Washington Post, Le Monde, and Good Morning America. His advocacy has led him to engage President Biden and to testify before the United States Congressional Committee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. His creative work has been published in 100 Days in Appalachia, 2RulesofWriting, Another Chicago Magazine, Largehearted Boy Blog, Smoky Blue Literary Magazine, Miracle Monocle, and Good River Review.





2024 Spring Literary Festival

Coming April 1-5, 2024

Featuring Jericho Brown, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Ann Pancake, Alan Gratz, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Kerry Howley, Sarah Viren, Carter Sickels, Lyz Lenz, Ariel Francisco, Amy Alvarez, and Maria Zoccola.

More details coming soon!

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