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Happy Hour with the Laureates

October 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Marc Harshman, poet laureate of WV & Jeff Worley, poet laureate of KY for a Happy Hour! This event will be livestreamed on YouTube on October 12 at 7PM but will be available to watch upon the event’s conclusion for the remainder of FestivFALL. 

Join us for the livestream to hear readings from both poets and participate in a Q&A session at the end of the program. 

Marc Harshman:


Harshman’s WOMAN IN RED ANORAK, won the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize and was published in 2018 by Lynx House / University of Washington Press. His fourteenth children’s book, FALLINGWATER…, co-authored with Anna Smucker, was published by Roaring Brook/Macmillan in 2017 and was an Amazon Book of the Month. He is also co-winner of the 2019 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award. Poems have been anthologized by Kent State University, the University of Iowa, University of Georgia, and the University of Arizona. Harshman’s newest collection of poems, THE SHADOW TESTIMONIES, has just been scheduled for publication by Salmon Press in the Republic of Ireland.

Appointed in 2012, he is the seventh poet laureate of West Virginia.

Jeff Worley:


Worley, the current poetry laureate of Kentucky, is the author of six books and four chapbooks of poetry, as well as an anthology from University Press of Kentucky titled What Comes Down to Us: 25 Contemporary Kentucky Poets.  His book The Only Time There Is won the Mid-List Press first-book competition. His second, Happy Hour at the Two Keys Tavern, was named co-winner of the Society of Midland Authors Literary Competition, was awarded the 2006 Kentucky Book of the Year in Poetry and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  Worley has received numerous other awards for his writing, including three Al Smith Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council and a National Endowment Creative Writing Fellowship. Jeff’s newest collection, Lucky Talk, is from Broadstone Books. He and his wife, Linda, divide their time between Lexington and their cabin at Cave Run Lake.

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October 12, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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