January 17, 2011
W.L. “Bill” Crabtree scribbled his first poem at the bottom of a letter, while writing home from Vietnam. It came to him in an instant, the image of his wife, Betty Jane, peering over her half-covered shoulder, those Elizabeth Taylor lashes, that honey brown hair, transforming his plain prose into verse. “As I sit in this lonely place, in my mind I see your face. It’s a beacon that guides me ...” he wrote. “(It) Shall see me safely home to you, when my stay in hell is through.
February 22, 2007
Nicholasville poet David Harrity is having his first chapbook collection of poetry published by Finishing Line Press. Yale Younger Poet Nicholas Samaras says of Harrity's writing: "What an excellent voice. For all of us who love the world of poetry and artful expression, we welcome the arrival of David Harrity whose observations are acute, whose turns of phrase are artful, arresting and original, who holds a mirror up to experience, allowing us to see ourselves afresh and anew.
February 29, 2004
"Ode to Spoonamore Drug" was just one of the poems written by Lucille Brumfield Powers. It holds particular meaning for Mike Leake because it is about his father, R.W. Leake, and the pharmacy at Main and Third streets. Leake came across the poem while sorting through his parents' belongings. Powers published several poems in 1963 in a small booklet. She lived on Green Street, now called Martin Luther King Boulevard, and was a teacher. She also worked in the office of the late Dr. Stuart Hemphill.
March 28, 2006
Finalists have been selected from 10 high schools around the Commonwealth, including Danville and Mercer County high schools, to compete at the state-level "Poetry Out Loud" poetry recitation contest sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council as part of the national competition presented by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. Each of the 10 participating Kentucky high schools have completed a unit of study on poetry with materials provided by the NEA and a two-day "poetry-intensive" artist residency provided by the Kentucky Arts Council before the school contests started.
April 18, 2006
The Centre College English program will sponsor a public poetry reading by Sarah Arvio at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Norton Center board room on campus. Arvio will read from her most recent book of poems, "Sono," which was composed during a long stay in Rome. Described as "bracingly original," Arvio's most recent work reveals her struggle to come to terms with loss and grief and to find a basis for renewal. "Arvio's poems are overtly musical - even daring - in their alliteration, abundance of puns, wordplay, and relentless rhythms," says Lisa Williams, assistant professor of English at Centre.
May 1, 2007
The Centre College English program will present a poetry reading by Philip White, Centre College associate professor of English. The reading will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom of the Norton Center for the Arts on campus. White will read from his recently-published collection of poems titled "The Clearing. " The book is a "sustained meditation on the nature of love and its transformations. " Poet John Hollander calls "The Clearing" "an unusually strong first book.
May 1, 2007
Lisa Williams, Centre associate professor of English, has been awarded the prestigious 2007 Barnard Women Poets Prize for her "hauntingly beautiful" collection of poems, "Woman Reading To The Sea. " Williams received an honorarium of $1,500 and publication of her manuscript in spring 2008 by W.W. Norton & Co. The prize is given annually to one emerging writer to publish her second collection of poetry. Said Williams, "Winning the Barnard New Women Poets Prize is literally a dream come true.
February 2, 2004
Dear Editor: On behalf of my colleagues at Centre College, I would like to invite all Danvillians to come to a poetry reading by Frank X Walker. The reading will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Newlin Hall in the college's Norton Center for the Arts. Admission is free. Mr. Walker will be reading from his recently published book of poems, "Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York. " The poems relate the events of the Lewis and Clark expedition from the perspective of York, a slave to William Clark who accompanied him on the journey.
January 23, 2013
HARRODSBURG - Bobbi Rightmyer's 2013 promises to be exciting: She has several more books coming out, among them her newest book of poetry, “Some Scars Don't Heal.” “It contains poems detailing a point in my life when I was getting divorced and had two small children to care for,” Rightmyer said of the volume of poetry. “My life felt out of control and these poems help identify this message. Although never mentioned by name, most of these poems were written about people from my past life, for lack of a better word.
October 31, 2004
The Centre College English program will sponsor a free public poetry reading by noted poet Andrew Hudgins, Humanities Distinguished Professor in English at Ohio State University. Known for his work in narrative verse, Hudgins has been praised for his "great story telling gift" and "hard-driving, truth-telling lyrics. " Hudgins' poems often draw on events from his childhood in the rural South, and he has written about the real and imagined lives of others. Hudgins' diverse characters include a prankster who disassembles a Cadillac and rebuilds it in his attic, parents coming to blows over money, a lake singing to a sleepless child, and Russian soldiers on the verge of execution.