December 3, 2022, 5:30–7:30PM

CARNEGIE CENTER, 251 West Second Street, Lexington, KY 40507

Join us for a night of powerful poetry by youth who are changing the world through words.
On Saturday, December 3, we will be celebrating the youth poets who are leaders in their communities. This event features the Lexington Youth Poet Laureate finalists.
The Youth Poet Laureate Program is an initiative of Urban Word, with partner programs in more than 70 cities, regions, and states across the country- including the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.
Special performances by Lexington Poet Laureate finalists.
The event will conclude with the announcement of the first Lexington Youth Poet Laureate.
Music by Louisville's own DJ Dnasti



Danni Quintos is the author of the poetry collection, Two Brown Dots (BOA Editions, 2022), chosen by Aimee Nezhukumatathil as winner of the Poulin Poetry Prize. She is a Kentuckian, a knitter, and an Affrilachian Poet. Her work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, Cincinnati Review, Cream City Review, The Margins, Salon, and elsewhere.


Katerina Stoykova is the author of several award-winning poetry books in English and Bulgarian as well as the Senior Editor of Accents Publishing. Her latest book, Second Skin, received the Vanya Konstantinova Biannual National Poetry Award. Katerina acted in the lead roles for the independent feature films Proud Citizen and Fort Maria. Her poems have been translated into German, Spanish, Ukrainian, Bangla, Farsi, and a volume of her selected poems, translated into Arabic by acclaimed poet Khairi Hamdan, was published in Arabic from Dar Al Biruni Press in 2022.


Bernard Clay is a Louisville, Kentucky, native who grew up in the shadow of the now demolished Southwick housing projects on the “West End” of town. He has spent most of his life in Kentucky cultivating an appreciation, over the years, for the state’s disappearing natural wonders and unique but sparse urban areas. He currently resides on a farm in eastern Kentucky with his herbalist wife Lauren (founder of Resilient Roots). English Lit: Poems (2021) is his first book.


Crystal Wilkinson is a national award-winning author. Crystal is a fellow of the Academy of American Poets and was named the Poet Laureate for Kentucky in 2021. Crystal identifies as a southern, feminist fiction writer, and grew up in the hills of Kentucky. She currently teaches at the University of Kentucky where she is Professor of English in the MFA in Creative Writing Program and Associate Chair of the English Department. She is a 2020 USA Artist Fellowship Recipient, a 2021 O. Henry Prize winner, and makes her home in Lexington, KY.

We hope to see you soon at the Carnegie Center, home to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame and writers and readers of all levels.

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251 West Second Street
Lexington, KY 40507


(859) 254-4175

Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 7:30pm
Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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