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Judi Jennings, director of Kentucky Foundation for Women and Rebecca Howell, director of Kentucky Women Writers Conference

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“Receiving this award honors what the Kentucky Women Writers Conference has been able to achieve in the past 25 years but also speaks to a strong future for women's letters in the Commonwealth. Thanks to President Todd’s foresight, the Kentucky Women Writers Conference is now an important continuation of UK’s mission and is positioned to help build this future of promise.”

-- Rebecca Howell,
director,
Kentucky Women Writers Conference

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 27, 2004) -- The Kentucky Women Writers Conference (KYWWC) at the University of Kentucky received the 2004 Sallie Bingham Award from the Kentucky Foundation for Women (KFW).

Louisville native and author Sallie Bingham established the foundation in 1985. Through two grant programs, the foundation awards $200,000 annually to feminist artists and social-change organizations that have done the most to promote feminist arts in Kentucky.

Rebecca Howell, director of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference and a member of the Department of English faculty at UK, accepted the award on behalf of the conference and its advisory board. She said it was a great honor.

“Sallie Bingham single-handedly made it possible for Kentucky women writers and artists to thrive despite their domestic, economic or regional limitations, and by doing this, she has created a vision of possibilities for a place all too often associated with limited opportunity for marginalized populations,” Howell said. “The Kentucky Women Writers Conference strives to further this vision of our community and Sallie Bingham is our role model in this endeavor.”

The KYWWC, which celebrated its 25th year in March, was initiated at UK, but its funding was eliminated in 1998 due to budget cuts. Lee T. Todd Jr., UK’s president, restored funding and returned the conference to UK in 2002.

“Receiving this award honors what the Kentucky Women Writers Conference has been able to achieve in the past 25 years but also speaks to a strong future for women's letters in the Commonwealth,” Howell said. “Thanks to President Todd’s foresight, the Kentucky Women Writers Conference is now an important continuation of UK’s mission and is positioned to help build this future of promise.”

In addition to receiving the Sallie Bingham award, the conference also received a $6,000 dollar grant this year from the KFW to bring the U.S. Poet Laureate, Louise Gluck, and the apprentice of her choice, Dana Levin, to participate in the Hardwick/Jones Reading Series portion of the conference in 2005.


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