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    Ann Beattie to Headline Women Writers Conference by Whitney Hale Jan 22 2015 A friendship with novelist and new University of Kentucky faculty member Hannah Pittard led to Ann Beattie becoming keynote speaker for the 2015 Kentucky Women more Kentucky Women Writers Actors Guild Carson Kreitzer to Collaborate on Prize for Playwrights by Whitney Hale Oct 1 2014 The Kentucky Women Writers Conference is now accepting scripts by women for its 2015 Prize for Women Playwrights which awards a 500 cash prize and a full theatrical more Stay in Touch To receive our bi monthly e newsletter email us at kentuckywomenwriters gmail com This year s Preview Party at the Morris Book Shop will feature a reading by upcoming conference presenter Hannah Pittard whose best selling second novel Reunion is set in Atlanta around a patriarch s funeral and takes a warm and witty look at an unusual dysfunctional family and extols the lasting bonds between siblings Truly engaging Booklist Meet Hannah our Board of Advisors and director Julie Wrinn on Sat May 9 4 p m at the Morris Book Shop 882 E High St Lexington Join us for appetizers and wine and a drawing for one free admission to the Sept 11 12 2015 conference The Kentucky Women Writers Conference offers a number of events that are free and open to all Click here to see all the free events happening during the conference weekend 2015 Presenters Ann Beattie A popular and critically acclaimed short story writer Ann Beattie has been included in four O Henry Award Collections in John Updike s Best American Short Stories of the Century and in Jennifer Egan s Best American Short Stories 2014 Among her more Sonia Sanchez For 80 year old Sonia Sanchez writing is both a personal and political act

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    Our History Archives Itinerary Featured Guests Prizes Postgraduate Scholarships Betty Gabehart Prizes Playwriting Prize Wild Women of Poetry Slam Register Free Events Travel Contact Share this page Home Primary tabs Create new account Log in active tab Request new password E mail Enter your e mail address Password Enter the password that accompanies your e mail Map View Larger Map Kentucky Women Writers Conference Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

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  • About | womenwriters.as.uky.edu
    entries must be postmarked by June 1 2015 Applications for Postgraduate Scholarships are also due June 1 The Kentucky Women Writers Conference is the longest running literary festival of women in the nation Launched by the University of Kentucky in 1979 it is a premier destination for the celebration of women s arts and letters The incredible caliber of writers and artists that we bring to Lexington each year would not be possible without the ability to pay them a fair fee and that depends upon generous partnerships between the University of Kentucky and many key supporters I became director of the conference in 2007 after serving for three years on its board My background is in book publishing During a decade in that business in Washington D C I had the privilege of editing some of Kentucky s most beloved authors Wendell Berry Ed McClanahan and Guy Davenport Arriving in Lexington in 2002 already knowing these eminent Kentuckians was a happy coincidence for me After these thirteen years of residing in the Bluegrass I better understand the rich sense of place that inspires its artists About 1 000 individuals attend the conference each year Daytime sessions attract about 150

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  • Our Sponsors | womenwriters.as.uky.edu
    of Kentucky which covers staffing and overhead plus a portion of program costs Generous cash contributions from LexArts the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the University of Kentucky Libraries pay for stipends travel and lodging for our visiting artists each year including presenters Poetry Slam competitors and contest winners A crucial contribution of about 20 percent of program costs comes from dozens of individual donors especially David Cazden The Kim Edwards Foundation and Frank X Walker We express our gratitude to all the individuals who gave so generously they will be acknowledged by name in our conference program To join them please visit our Contribute page The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning is our most important in kind donor providing use of its beautiful comfortable and historic building at low cost for our daytime sessions and Sunday night reading Very few communities in the United States can boast of an institution like the Carnegie Center and none can justly call themselves the Literary Capital of Mid America as we do on the basis of our combined efforts Transylvania University donates use of Carrick Theatre for our Wild Women of Poetry Slam a live competition with audience judging that should

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  • Our Board | womenwriters.as.uky.edu
    the state and region liaison with community volunteers and partnering businesses contribute or raise funds for conference activities All cash and in kind contributions to the conference are fully tax deductible For more information about joining the board please contact the conference director Julie Wrinn at kentuckywomenwriters gmail com Nominate a Board Member Current Board Members Kimberly Miller President poet and Adjunct Faculty Bluegrass Community Technical College Beth Dotson Brown Vice President Associate Director of Communications and Collaboration Berea College Partners for Education Julia Johnson Treasurer poet and Associate Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing University of Kentucky Holly Barbaccia Associate Professor of English and Director of Women s Studies Georgetown College Alexandra Chase second year student at University of Louisville School of Law Lisa Day Associate Professor of English and Director of Women and Gender Studies Eastern Kentucky University Lynnell Edwards poet and Associate Professor of English Spalding University Iris Law poet and Assistant Editor University Press of Kentucky Melissa McEuen President Emerita Professor of History Transylvania University Kiki Petrosino poet and Associate Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing University of Louisville Ellen Soileau Editor and Writer KET Melissa Young Director of Grants Special Projects

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  • Our Staff | womenwriters.as.uky.edu
    became director of the conference in 2007 after serving for three years on its board of directors A native of Indiana Pennsylvania she received Bachelor s and Master s Degrees from the University of Virginia A ten year veteran of the book publishing business she held editorial positions at several publishers in Washington D C most notably at Counterpoint Press the esteemed independent publisher now based in California Since moving

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  • Our History | womenwriters.as.uky.edu
    Dye had suggested using surplus funds from Undergraduate Studies to bring women writers to campus UK English faculty Linda Pannill formulated the idea of an annual event called the University of Kentucky Women Writers Conference Pannill and a 16 member committee from the departments of English Honors Undergraduate Studies and Special Collections along with members of the Lexington community produced the conference In 1984 1985 the conference was directed by UK English faculty Jane Gentry Vance who later served as Kentucky s Poet Laureate In 1985 1993 the conference was affiliated with Continuing Education for Women University Extension and directed by Betty Gabehart As the conference s longest running director Gabehart made significant contributions to its enduring legacy and stability establishing much of the reputation it enjoys today In 1994 1996 the conference was affiliated with the Women s Studies Program and directed by Jan Oaks faculty in English and Gender and Women s Studies In 1997 former Conference assistant Patti DeYoung served as director In 1998 the conference lost university funding when it was unable to find a sponsoring department and its advisory board established itself as a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization Its new home became the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in downtown Lexington and it was renamed the Kentucky Women Writers Conference Its director during those years 1998 2002 was Jan Isenhour also director of the Carnegie Center and its work was carried out by a volunteer board In 2002 President Lee Todd reinstated support for the conference to demonstrate the university s commitment to women s programming and community events Since then the Conference leadership has continued cultivating wide community support through many partnerships and the committed efforts of its board and volunteers UK provides staff salaries office space and the majority of KWWC

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  • Archives | womenwriters.as.uky.edu
    this page Archives About Our Sponsors Our Board Our Staff Our History Archives For pdfs of printed programs from years past please click on any link below 2014 Conference 2013 Conference 2012 Conference 2011 Conference 2010 Conference 2009 Conference 2008 Conference 2007 Conference Photos of recent conferences and related events may be viewed here or by clicking on the photos button on our home page A comprehensive list of featured

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