Kathleen Driskell at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference 2015

One of Lexington’s most anticipated literary events is happening this weekend! The Kentucky Women Writers Conference is the longest running literary festival of women in the nation. Launched by the University of Kentucky in 1979, it is a premier destination for the celebration of women’s arts and letters. See some of the highlights from this year’s conference below.

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Also, don’t miss out on the opportunity to see one of UPK’s very own authors, Kathleen Driskell! She will be doing a reading at the conference from her most recent book, Next Door to the Dead, which features poems on Driskell’s life and experiences living in an old church that was just steps away from a graveyard.

“I’ve always loved Keats’s phrase “the mighty dead,” but I never understood it fully until I read Kathleen Driskell’s quietly explosive meditations on life and death. There’s a somber beauty to these poems; in them, the dead and living visit each other easily, singing of the rich mysteries on both sides of the divide.” — David Kirby

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