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Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Appointment of Kentucky Poet Laureate
Press Release Date:  February 17, 2005
Contact:  Doug Hogan
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Dr. Sena Jeter Naslund Accepts Appointment

Frankfort, KY:   Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed Dr. Sena Jeter Naslund as Kentucky Poet Laureate.  Dr. Naslund will be responsible for promoting the literary arts in Kentucky through readings of her work at meetings, seminars, and conferences across the state.

Dr. Naslund currently holds the position of Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville; and Program Director of the Spalding University Master of Fine Arts in Writing.  She is also the editor of the literary magazine, The Louisville Review.  Dr. Naslund has lived, taught, and written in Kentucky since 1973.  She also has given more than 400 presentations about writing nationally and internationally, and she is under contract with HarperCollins for a new novel about Marie Antoinette.
“The purpose of the Kentucky Poet Laureate Program is to honor outstanding Kentucky writes and promote the literary arts of the state,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “Considering Dr. Naslund’s impressive background and passion for the written word, we believe she is an exceptional candidate for this appointment.”
The Kentucky General Assembly established the Kentucky Poet Laureate position in 1991. The Governor appoints the Poet Laureate for a two-year term. The word poet in the position's title is interpreted in its broadest sense to include persons whose accomplishments are in any of the recognized literary forms, including poetry, fiction, biographical work, creative non-fiction, playwriting, etc.



Last updated: Thursday, June 02, 2005