BOWLING GREEN - Winners of the Kentucky Literary Awards for excellence in fiction, nonfiction and poetry were announced on April 16 at Western Kentucky University.
Charles Semones of Harrodsburg, author of "Afternoon in the Country of Summer" (Wind Publications), received the award for poetry.
Z.Z. Packer, author of "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere" (Riverhead Books), received the award for fiction. Fenton Johnson received the nonfiction award for his book, "Keeping Faith" (Houghton Mifflin).
Each winner received a cash prize of $1,000.
"Due to the outstanding representation in each of our three categories, the judges have all admitted that selecting this year's honorees has been difficult. We had top-notch contenders in each area," said Jonathan Jeffrey, chair of the Kentucky Literary Awards selection committee.
What the Kentucky Literary Awards judges had to say about the winners: "Semones'... language is ... highly charged by the imagination expressing itself in striking figures. Fenton Johnson's 'Keeping Faith' is a provocative read which documents a kaleidoscope of religious experiences ranging from Zen to Catholicism to New Age, and Z.Z. Packer is a fresh new voice from Kentucky with an urban, African-American perspective."