■ Two Eastern Kentucky University students captured first-place awards at the recent Southeastern Recreation Research Conference.
Taylor Newsome, Virgie, a graduate student in Recreation and Park Administration, won in the graduate research category for his project "Determining Barriers for Kentuckians Visiting Kentucky State Resort Parks." His faculty mentor was Michael Bradley. Brett Stayton, a senior wildlife management major from Covington, captured first place in the undergraduate research category for his project "An Assessment of State and Federal Protected Areas: Current Conditions and Non-Traditional Funding Opportunities." His faculty mentor was Ryan Sharp. The event was March 22 to 24 in Asheville, N.C.
■ The Woodsongs Arts & Music Seminar will be 1 to 4:30 p.m. April 25 in Duthie Theater in the Anne Hart Raymond Building at Midway College. The free event is for any teacher in middle school through college, private music teachers, and parents or home-school families. Register at Woodsongs.com/woodsongs-teachers or call (859) 255-5700.
■ Local poet Bianca Spriggs, known for her work on the Lexington tattoo project and as a multidisciplinary artist in town, is this year's "Visiting Voices" artist at Sayre School. Spriggs is an Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow based in Lexington. She is the recipient of an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry, multiple artist enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She currently serves as assistant poetry editor for Apex Magazine, a monthly speculative literature publication, and as managing editor for pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture.
During March, Spriggs worked with Sayre students across the lower, middle and upper schools. In small-group settings, Spriggs led students through a series of craft-talks and generative writing workshops to create empathetic poems reflecting a personal cause and their subjective stance on the cause. The event ended with an all-school poetry reading on March 26.
"Visiting Voices" is an element of Sayre's Diversity and Multiculturalism program that brings people of color who are experts in their field onto campus for intensive curricular work. Inaugurated in 2005 with Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker, the program has brought writers, athletes, lawyers, dancers, musicians, and historians to Sayre to work with students.