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Authors of the Bluegrass State

Kentucky Writers: Authors of the Bluegrass State is a research guide dedicated to Kentucky authors. This collection of authors includes native Kentuckians and those who have simply come to call Kentucky home. Here you will find authors who are not only prolific and well-known, but also those whose careers were brief, with limited out-put. The collection highlights a variety of genres, including fiction, non-fiction, novels, short-stories, poetry, professional writings, and more.

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Kentucky Collects

The Kentucky Collects LibGuides are created by the University of Kentucky's Special Collections and Rare Books Catalogers. These guides highlight unique collections housed at the University of Kentucky and the centuries of creative and scholarly writing from across the entire state. Intended for the advanced researcher as well as the mildly curious, the Kentucky Collects Guides navigate the vast repository of Kentucky literature and diverse resources available at the University of Kentucky.