Writing Poems about Art

Jeff Worley

Jeff Worley has lived in Lexington since 1986, and is the author of four books and four chapbooks of poetry, as well as a recently published anthology from University Press of Kentucky titled What Comes Down to Us: 25 Contemporary Kentucky Poets. His first book, The Only Time There Is (Mid-List Press, 1995), won Mid-List’s yearly first-book competition. His second Mid-List book, Happy Hour at the Two Keys Tavern, was named winner of the Society of Midland Authors Literary Competition, was awarded the 2006 Kentucky Book of the Year in Poetry, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His two other book-length collections were published by Larkspur Press. Worley has received three Al Smith Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, among other awards. He has been a featured author on KET’s “Book Club” and also served as the Carnegie Center’s Writer-in-Residence in 1991-1992. His poems have appeared in nearly 500 literary magazines and journals, including Poetry Northwest, Black Warrior Review, Chicago Review, The Georgia Review, New England Review, Shenandoah, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, and The Missouri Review. Jeff published two new books in 2013: Driving Late to the Party: The Kansas Poems, from Woodley Press, and A Little Luck, which won the 2012 X.J. Kennedy Prize from the Texas Review Press.


  • Venue:
    The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
  • Time:
    5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
  • Meets On:
        Wednesdays, September 27 - November 15
  • Address:
    251 West Second St.
    Lexington, KY, 40507
  • Cost:
    $104

With Michael & Jeff Worley.

This class is based on creative responses to paintings, sculptures, and photographs as springboards to the poem. Poet Jeff Worley will work with students on their poems, which will be discussed by the class. Art historian Michael Worley will provide insights into the artworks students choose to write about. [ALL LEVELS]

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