Bellarmine’s Frederick Smock named Kentucky poet laureate

Bellarmine University English professor Frederick Smock became Kentucky’s poet laureate during a ceremony in Frankfort, Ky., May 1. Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Smock to promote the literary arts in the commonwealth for the next two years.

Smock is a native of Louisville who spent his childhood roaming the area around his then-rural home in Fern Creek, according to a news announcement from the Kentucky Arts Council.

“Those years were spent wandering fields and forest mostly on my own,” Smock said. “It was laying my imagination on that landscape and drawing from that experience. I can’t say I direct my mind that way. The inspiration comes to me, but those sources give me a lot to work with.”

He has published 10 books of poetry and essays and two more are in progress and he has produced four smaller publications, called chapbooks.

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