Friends of Kentucky Libraries


The Friends of Kentucky Libraries is a nonprofit organization made up of individuals and local Friends chapters and local boards of trustees who support and celebrate Kentucky’s libraries.

We are…
– a network of library supporters from across the state sharing ideas and news
– a source of assistance for creating or revitalizing your local Friends of the Library Chapter
– a unified voice to advocate for your library and all Kentucky Libraries

2019 Annual Meeting Scheduled for 11-16-2019

Frederick Smock took his B.A. at Georgetown College, and his M.A. at the University of Louisville.
He also did post-graduate study at the University of Arizona. He specializes in Modernism, 20th Century American Poetry, and Creative Writing. He has also taught classes on Poetry of Witness, Peace Studies, and British World War One Poets, and in the realms of Aesthetics and Humanities.

He is the author of five collections of poetry: Gardencourt (Larkspur Press, 1997), The Good Life (Larkspur Press, 2000), Guest House (Larkspur Press, 2003), The Blue Hour (Larkspur Press, 2010) and, most recently, The Bounteous World (Broadstone Books, 2013). His books of prose include Poetry & Compassion: Essays on Art & Craft (Wind Publications, 2006), Pax Intrantibus: A Meditation on the Poetry of Thomas Merton (Broadstone Books, 2007), and Craft-talk: On Writing Poetry (Wind Publications, 2008).
His work has appeared in many of the leading journals of the day: The Iowa Review, The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, Poetry (Chicago), Arts & Letters, Poetry East, The Antioch Review, Notre Dame Review, Ars-Interpres (Sweden), The Georgetown Review, Olivier (Argentina), Russkya-Misla (Russia), and many others. Professor Smock is the recipient of the 2005 Wilson Wyatt Faculty Award at Bellarmine University, the Al Smith Fellowship in Poetry from the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Jim Wayne Miller Prize for Poetry from Western Kentucky University. His book reviews and literary op-ed pieces appear regularly in the local newspaper, The Courier- Journal.
Mr. Smock also serves on the Honors Council, and as the Study-Abroad Liaison for the areas of English, Communications, and Honors, and he has taught in the KIIS Denmark Summer Program

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