The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Kentucky writers, living or dead, are eligible for the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning project.
The class will include one living writer. In its first two years (2013 and 2014), the Hall of Fame considered only deceased writers for induction. In 2015, Wendell Berry was inducted as the first living member. Bobbie Ann Mason was inducted as the second living writer in 2016.
The Hall of Fame includes 22 other writers: James Lane Allen, Harriette Arnow, William Wells Brown, Harry Caudill, Rebecca Caudill, Thomas D. Clark, Guy Davenport, Janice Holt Giles, James Baker Hall, Elizabeth Hardwick, Harlan Hubbard Etheridge Knight, Thomas Merton, Jim Wayne Miller, Alice Hegan Rice, Jean Ritchie, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Effie Waller Smith, James Still, Jesse Stuart, Hunter S. Thompson and Robert Penn Warren.
To nominate a writer, send an email by May 2 to firstname.lastname@example.org with the nominee’s name and any supporting material. Inductees will be announced in January.
For writers to be eligible, they must be published, have lived in Kentucky for a significant period or be connected to Kentucky in a significant way, and have produced writing of enduring stature.