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UPIKE hosts 2019 Kentucky Philological Association Conference

March 08, 2019 12:00 AM
Pikeville, KY
More than 50 scholars from colleges and universities across Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee gathered March 1-2 to present their work at the 2019 Kentucky Philological Association (KPA) Conference on the campus of the University of Pikeville.
 
“This was the first time in the 46-year history of the organization that the conference has been held in Pikeville,” said James Riley, Ph.D., coordinator of the English program and a professor of English at UPIKE since 1987. “We were very pleased with the quality of work presented.”
 
The KPA is comprised of teachers, scholars and others who study language and literature and believe in the collegial exchange of information and ideas in the language arts.
 
Kentucky poet Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, author of two novels, At the Breakers (UP of Kentucky, 2009) and Come and Go, Molly Snow (Norton, 1995), a collection of short stories, How She Knows What She Knows About Yo-Yos (Sarabande, 2000), and three books of poetry, read from her new book Out of Nowhere: New and Selected Poems (Old Cove, 2017) at the Plenary Session on Friday in Chrisman Auditorium. Taylor-Hall also shared poetry and spoke to UPIKE creative writing students Friday morning.
 
Riley’s presentation consisted of a reading from his recently released book Broken Frequencies: a book of poems (Shadelandhouse Modern Press, 2019). Six UPIKE students also presented at this year’s KPA Conference: William Green, Michael Hopson, Allen Hoskins, Laura Keeton, Dominique Mims and Rebecca Wilkes.
 
Riley’s book is now available at www.smpbooks.com. A book signing will be held March 22 from 6-8 p.m. at the Garfield House, located at 178 College Street in Pikeville.
 
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