‘Sex and the City’ Author at Conference

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All events will take place throughout the UK campus and downtown Lexington. The three-day conference pre-registration fee of $120 covers most events, and individual day or event fees also are available. For more information, access the Kentucky Women Writers Conference Web site or call (859) 257-6420. The Web site includes the full conference itinerary and information about the presenters.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2005) -- Candace Bushnell, author of the book “Sex and the City” on which the wildly popular HBO series was based, and Louise Glück, recent United States Poet Laureate, headline the list of outstanding presenters of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference (KYWWC) March 23 through 26 in Lexington.

Among the other presenters are Elaine Brown, the first and only woman to lead the Black Panther Party; award-winning documentary filmmaker Christine Fugate of Lexington; photographer and visual artist Carrie Mae Weems; best-selling author of the controversial book “Pledged,” Alexandra Robbins; 2005 Grammy Award-nominated country music performer and writer Tift Merritt; Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes; award-winning poet Dana Levin; Neda Ulaby, arts and culture reporter for National Public Radio; and Indian-American comedienne Vijai Nathan.

The conference, based at the University of Kentucky, is an elaborate collaboration with the city of Lexington that offers an array of readings, workshops, panel discussions, receptions, exhibits and screenings.

“When I stand back and look at this year’s line up, I'm thrilled – both by the level of accomplishment and the diversity of craft among our presenters,” said Rebecca Howell, director of the KYWWC. “The conference theme, “Off the Page,” is an effort to consider that writing and writers are all around us, benefiting our lives whether or not we regularly read literary texts. This is how we get our news, our music, our comedy. The literary arts can no longer be contained by the school marm in our minds.”

All events will take place throughout the UK campus and downtown Lexington. The three-day conference pre-registration fee of $120 covers most events, and individual day or event fees also are available. For more information, access the Kentucky Women Writers Conference Web site or call (859) 257-6420. The Web site includes the full conference itinerary and information about the presenters.

A number of free and ticketed special events are planned to accompany the conference and will be open to the public, including the Writers Block Party. Introduced last year, the Writers Block Party is a festival of evening events, including readings, performance arts, and visual and video arts involving several Lexington business, art and music venues.

Individually ticketed, special events include “Dinner and a Movie,” on Thursday, March 24, featuring Christine Fugate’s documentary “The Southern Sex” at the Kentucky Theatre followed by a dinner with the filmmaker. On Friday, March 25, Candace Bushnell will present a keynote lecture at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts. Also that night, Midway’s Holly Hill Inn will present “Sex and the Country,” an aphrodisiac dinner with Candace Bushnell to benefit the KYWWC. Free events open to the public include the Nell Stuart Donovan Exhibit featuring artwork by Carrie Mae Weems at the UK Art Museum and a lecture by Weems on Friday, March 25, at the UK Worsham Theatre, followed by a reception in her honor at the Ann Tower Gallery in Lexington. Also on Friday is the inaugural Sonia Sanchez Lecture Series, featuring a keynote community address by Elaine Brown.

The KYWWC will culminate Saturday evening, March 26, with another free event, the Hardwick/Jones Lecture Series, which brings together a nationally established literary figure and a major emerging writer upon whom the former has had a significant influence. This year the featured writers are Louise Glück and her apprentice Dana Levin.

“The Hardwick/Jones night will be an elegant celebration of women’s contemporary literary accomplishment,” Howell said. “Louise Glück is simply the best of the best. Those who know her know she is quite protective of her solitude and only offers the rarest reading. On Saturday night, she'll not only read, but discuss her life as a teacher and mentor and its relationship to her own work. We are honored to bring this opportunity to Kentucky.”


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