Kentucky Arts Council features Louisville poet in November, December
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Louisville artist Sean Patrick Hill has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council's featured artist for November and December.
Hill is a 2013 recipient of an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship. He said his poetry moves rapidly in order to keep up with a deluge of feelings and thoughts and that it draws on eastern and western philosophies, expressing ways to live in the world.
“I have often likened a poem to a birdcage, where the small gate is left ajar so that the bird, always imperceptible it seems, might flit in and out,” Hill said. “Poems that act as urns, self-enclosed and lidded, do not interest me. I wish my poems to breathe. I wish them to be simultaneously thin-bibbed containers and open air.”
A graduate of the Warren Wilson College Master of Fine Arts program for writers, Hill has written three books of poetry — “Hibernaculum” (2013), “Interstitial” (2011) and “The Imagined Field” (2010). In addition to the Al Smith Fellowship, Hill has been awarded fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Elizabeth George Foundation. He also occasionally curates and publishes poetry broadsides as Green Fuse Press.
To learn more about Hill, visit the arts council's website. The featured artists' page includes:
- A story about his work.
- A video of Hill discussing his work.
- Contact information for Hill.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council, along with the NEA, is celebrating 50 years of service in 2015, which the arts council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky.
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