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UK PROFESSOR IS NAMED
KENTUCKY POET LAUREATE

By Kelley Bozeman

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James Baker Hall is a recipient of a prestigious Wallace Stenger Fellowship from Stanford University, the author of five volumes of poetry and two novels.

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April 19, 2001 – (Lexington, Ky.) – James Baker Hall, a University of Kentucky English professor, has been named 2001-2002 Kentucky Poet Laureate by the Kentucky Arts Council's selection committee.  Hall will be inducted on April 24 during the Kentucky Writers' Day celebration in Frankfort.

A recipient of a prestigious Wallace Stenger Fellowship from Stanford University, Hall is the author of five volumes of poetry and two novels.   His work has been widely published, appearing in publications such as The New Yorker, The Paris Review and The Kenyon Review.

"This is a wonderful honor for the University of Kentucky and for Jim, " said Pam Sexton, chair of the Kentucky Poet Laureate Committee.

Although not required, Hall will travel throughout the state giving lectures and providing inspiration to other Kentucky writers.  Hall, a 1957 graduate of the university, has taught English at UK since 1973.


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