A Celebration of Poetry

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Kick off National Poetry Month with PSPL! A Celebration of Poetry will feature readings by Kentucky poets Victor Depta, Carrie Green, and Greg Pape. A signing will follow with books available for purchase.

Dr. Victor M. Depta is the publisher of Blair Mountain Press, established in 1999. The focus of the press if on the environment, such as the recent issue, Coal: A Poetry Anthology, edited by Chris Green. Dr. Depta has published 14 books of poetry and mysticism, 1 memoir, 1 flash fiction, and over 200 poems in magazines and journals. He has a Ph.D. in American literature from Ohio University, an M.A. in English from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. in English from Marshall University. After teaching for forty years, he has settled in Frankfort.

Carrie Green is the author of Studies of Familiar Birds: Poems (Able Muse Press, 2020). She earned her MFA at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and has received grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Her poems have appeared in American Life in Poetry, Verse Daily, DIAGRAM, Terrain, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. She hosts the Prompt to Page writing podcast, a partnership between the Jessamine County Public Library and the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

Greg Pape is the author of Four Swans, Animal Time, American Flamingo (Crab Orchard Open Competition Award), Sunflower Facing the Sun (Edwin Ford Piper Prize, now called the Iowa Prize), Storm Pattern, Black Branches, Border Crossings (Pitt Poetry Series), and other books. His work has received the Discovery/The Nation Award, two National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowships, the Richard Hugo Memorial Poetry Award, the Pushcart Prize, and other awards. His poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Colorado Review, Field, The Florida Review, Iowa Review, The Louisville Review, Miramar, The New Yorker, Poetry, Kyoto Journal and othersHe is Professor Emeritus at the University of Montana and former Montana Poet Laureate. He is on the faculty of Spalding University’s Naslund-Mann School of Writing.


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