Kentucky writer’s day honored with Turning Pages event

Northern Kentucky University is celebrating Kentucky Writer’s Day, sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council, April 24 in the Otto Budig Theatre from noon to 7 p.m.

Frank Walker, a faculty member of the literature and language department, is in charge of the event and spearheading all of the readers and special guests in attendance.

“The purpose is to participate in the statewide celebration of Kentucky Writer’s Day, an event sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council,” Walker said.

Around thirty students from NKU will be reading their work as well as performances from published authors. Students from Eastern Kentucky University, Maysville Community and Technical College and Spalding College will be making their way to NKU to participate in the festivities of literary work.

Poetry will not be the only form featured at the event, however.

“I am going to read an early chapter of my novel, which is the retelling of the Rumpelstiltsken fairytale,” Melanie Clark, a senior English major and Sigma Tau Delta co-president, said.

According to Clark, this is the first time the Turning Pages event has ever taken place at NKU.

“It’s really hard to get students involved on campus since this is a commuter school, so I hope this is an event we can continue every year,” she said.

Along with student writers; special guests including award-winning fiction writer, Sheila J. Williams, Hasan Davis and the Affrilachian Poets will be participating during the last hour of the celebration of Kentucky’s literary history.

“Students should expect to hear some high quality work as well as receiving lots of great door prizes that include gift certificates, books and more,” Walker said.

The sponsors for this event include the Student Programming Office, department of literature and language, WNKU, Applebee’s, Sigma Tau Delta and the University Press of Kentucky.