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Kentucky Writers: Authors of the Bluegrass State

"Authors of the Bluegrass State" is a guide by Kentucky Collects. This guide provides information about authors and writers from Kentucky and their work.
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Hidden History of Horse Racing in Kentucky
Adoph Rupp and the Rise of Kentucky Basketball
The Carrying
The Land We Dreamed: Poems
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Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place
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The Queen's Gambit
Kentucky's Famous Racehorses
Embattled Freedom: Journeys Through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps
A Simple Justice: Kentucky Women Fight for the Right to Vote
Dead Distillers: A History of the Upstarts and Outlaws Who Made American Spirits
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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.

The University Press of Kentucky

The University Press of Kentucky has a dual mission—the publication of books of high scholarly merit in a variety of fields for a largely academic audience and the publication of books about the history and culture of Kentucky, the Ohio Valley region, the Upper South, and Appalachia. The Press is the statewide mandated nonprofit scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, operated as an agency of the University of Kentucky and serving all state institutions of higher learning, plus five private colleges and Kentucky's two major historical societies.

University Press of Kentucky

The Kentucky Book Festival

Kentucky Humanities

The 2021 Kentucky Book Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with with a mix of virtual and in-person events from November 1-6. Sessions include Kentucky authors such as Crystal Wilkinson, Richard Taylor, Bobbie Ann Mason, Gurney Norman, Silas House, Alan Sullivan, William H. Turner, and more. For more information on the 2021 Festival, visit the Kentucky Humanities Book Fair website.

Terminology and Historical Sources

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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.

Community Book Clubs


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Kathryn Caton
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University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0039

Kentucky Author Form

This site is a work in progress! New authors are being added everyday. Don't see the Kentucky Author you're looking for? Let us know by filling out the form below. 

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Special Collections and Rare Books Cataloging Librarian

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University of Kentucky Libraries

Lexington, KY 40506-0039

Phone: 859-257-9421

Fax: 859-257-6311


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