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Kentucky Poet Laureate
Sena Jeter Naslund, Photo by Marion Ettlinger
Sena Jeter Naslund

Sena Jeter Naslund
Photo by Marion Ettlinger



Sena Jeter Naslund is a native of Birmingham, Alabama; but since 1973 she has been a part of KY's literary community. She is the author of six books and received critical acclaim for her national best selling novels Four Spirits and Ahab's Wife. Ahab's Wife was selected by both Time and Book Sense as one of the five best novels of 1999 and appeared on the Notable Book lists of the New York Times Book Review and Publishers' Weekly in addition to being a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. She has received numerous awards and grants including the Harper Lee Award, the Hall-Waters Southern Prize, and the Author Award of the Southeastern Library Association. She has also been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. A distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Louisville and the co-founder, Naslund is program director of the Spalding University brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing. Her work has or is being republished or translated in the United Kingdom and Australia; and translated into German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Polish, and Danish. On October 3, 2006, Dr. Naslund will release a major new revisionist novel "Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette." She is also working with collaborators on a stage version of Four Spirits and a stage musical of Ahab's Wife.

Sena Jeter Naslund's Kentucky Area Book Tour Schedule

Sunday, October 08, 2006
THE SPEED ART MUSEUM
2035 S Third ST
Louisville, KY 40208
502-634-2700

Wednesday, December 06, 2006
JOSEPH BETH BOOKSELLERS
Rookwood Pavillion
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208
513-731-7770

Thursday, December 07, 2006
JOSEPH-BETH BOOKSELLERS
Suite B-1, 161 Lexington Green
Lexington, KY 40503
859-271-5330

History of the Kentucky
Poet Laureate

The position of Kentucky Poet Laureate was established in 1926 by an act of the General Assembly. James T. "Cotton" Noe was selected for the position. Prior to 1990, Poets Laureate were appointed to lifetime terms by the Kentucky General Assembly. At times several poets held the position simultaneously. In 1990, new legislation was enacted to provide for the appointment of the new Kentucky Poet Laureate by the governor for a two-year term. The Kentucky Poet Laureate is selected following a call for nominations coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council. A nominee for this position must be a resident of Kentucky who has a long association with the commonwealth, and is the published author of a critically acclaimed body of work that is informed by living in Kentucky. A panel then reviews the nominations and submits its recommendation to the Governor.

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J.T. Cotton Noe
Edward G. Hill
Louise Phillips
Edwin Carlisle Litsey
Jesse Hilton Stuart
Lowell Allen Williams
Lillie D. Chaffin
Senator Tom Mobley
Agnes O'Rear
Soc Clay
Lee Pennington
Paul Salyers
Dale Faughn
Jim Wayne Miller
Henry E. Pilkenton
James H. Patton, Jr.
James Still
Joy Bale Boone
Richard Taylor
James Baker Hall
Joe Survant
Sena Jeter Naslund


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21st Floor, Capital Plaza Tower
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-564-3757
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