Jane Gentry Vance, Poet Laureate of Kentucky, to read at Centre
RELEASED: November 21, 2007
DANVILLE, KY—"I can't think of any post I'd rather be called to than that of Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Kentucky," says Jane Gentry Vance of her recent appointment. Vance, an important regional voice as well as a poet of high achievement, was born and raised in Central Kentucky, which has deeply influenced her writing.
The position of Kentucky Poet Laureate was established in 1926, and Vance's duties include promoting the literary arts and leading the state in literary activities. Nominees for the post must reside in Kentucky, have a long association with the Commonwealth and have a critically acclaimed published body of work that is formed by living in Kentucky.
"I come from a long line of people who've lived in the same part of Kentucky for a long time—people who were born storytellers because they lived startling stories and had them to tell," Vance says. "Kentucky's long tradition of relishing localness, character and the delightful arc of stories makes us the luckiest of storytellers."
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