The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame was created to recognize Kentucky writers whose work reflects the character and culture of our commonwealth, and to educate Kentuckians about our state’s rich literary heritage.
William Wells Brown
Elizabeth Madox Roberts
Robert Penn Warren
For a writer to have been eligible for this inaugural year, he/she must be
3) someone whose writing is of enduring stature; and
4) someone connected in a significant way to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. (After this first year, the Hall plans to include living writers as well.)
The Hall of Fame involved a 3-step process:
1) nominations from the general public;
2) recommendations from a committee chaired by Lori Meadows, director of the Kentucky Arts Council, and including former state poets laureate, novelists, bookstore owners, a publisher and the state librarian; and
3) final selection by the Carnegie Center’s Hall of Fame Creation Committee.
The 13 Finalists