Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

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A new lineup up of inductees will join the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame pantheon this month. And 2016’s list branches out to include the hall’s first songwriter.

Typically reserved for prose and poetry authors, the Hall of Fame is actually open to writers of all stripes – and this year voters headed by the Kentucky Arts Council approved the addition of Appalachian folk singer and songwriter Jean Ritchie, who passed away last June.

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A “Hall of Fame” dedicated to a region’s writers is rare in the United States, but one launched this week in Lexington. The inaugural class of authors will be named this week to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame, which is based at the Carnegie Center in Lexington, will honor native-born Kentuckians who have penned either fiction or non-fiction.