Maureen Morehead, Kentucky’s newly appointed poet laureate, will be making a stop at Alice Lloyd College as she promotes the literary arts throughout the state. Morehead currently teaches in Spalding University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing program and has published four books of poetry: In a Yellow Room, Our Brothers’ War, A Sense of Time Left, and A Melancholy Teacher. Her poems have appeared on the pages of such prestigious literary journals as The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, The Louisville Review, and Poetry magazine. Though she isn’t a native of Kentucky, Morehead has lived long enough in the state to understand the place and its people, allowing both to inform her poetry. About this important creative connection, Morehead states: “I draw my imagery from Kentucky. That’s the stuff of my life, so it makes it into my work.”
Located in a region that boasts a long and rich literary heritage, Alice Lloyd College is pleased and privileged to welcome Dr. Morehead to campus as the next guest in our Caney Convocation Series. She will be speaking about “The Role of Place in Poetry” and will read from her own work, illustrating the profound impact that our state has had upon the creation of her poems. This convo is sure to be an informative, memorable, and enjoyable time, and as Dr. Morehead herself has said, “When times are hard, people want poetry. There is something about it that speaks to the human spirit.” Come join us on Tuesday, October 25th, at 1 PM in the Campbell Arts Center.
To watch Dr. Morehead’s speech from her induction ceremony as the 2011-2012 Kentucky poet laureate, click here.