Yesterday, it was announced that Ada Limón — a local writer + award-winning poet — was named the 24th US Poet Laureate, considered to be one of the nation’s most prestigious and high-profile literary positions. This title makes Ada the official poet of the US.
Ada Limón | Photo courtesy of Library of Congress
Ada grew up in Sonoma, CA, earned an MFA from the Creative Writing Program at New York University + moved to Lexington 11 years ago to be with her now-husband, a racing journalist.
Throughout her ~20-year career, she has published six books + her poetry collection, titled “Bright Dead Things,” has sold 40,000+ copies. Her poems are inspired by the natural world, written in an approachable + accessible language.
Fun fact: Ada’s poem titled “Give Me This” recounts scenes from her Bluegrass horse farm here in Lexington.
The US Poet Laureate
Ada’s new role is a year-long term + she will officially begin on Thurs., Sept. 29. During this time, she will work remotely from Lexington while seeking to raise a greater appreciation for the reading and writing of poetry. US poet laureates are appointed by the Librarian of Congress and receive a $35,000 stipend.
Look for Ada’s books to be on sale at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Cir., Ste. B.
In addition to her published works, Ada is also the host of a critically-acclaimed poetry podcast called “The Slowdown.”
As Ada continues to grow into this new position, she hopes to bring poetry to the community — giving public readings at parks + other settings. We’ll keep you updated on any public reading events we hear about.
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Hammertowne | Thurs., July 14 | 7 p.m. | Moondance Amphitheater, 1152 Monarch St. | Free | Traditional bluegrass music as part of the Southland Jamboree concert series 🎶
Henry Cho | Thurs., July 14 | 7 p.m. | Comedy Off Broadway, 161 Lexington Green Circle #C4 | $12 | This talented comedian + writer is in town fresh off of his Comedy Central special, “What’s That Clickin’ Noise?” 🎤
- Blacklight Yoga + Dance Fusion | Fri., July 15 7:30 p.m. | Sora Aerial Arts, 261 Ruccio Way | $15 | Move and groove in a unique environment — under the glow of blacklights.
Belle’s Champagne Social | Fri., July 15 | 8-10 p.m. | Belle’s Cocktail House, 156 Market St. | $35+ | Taste through 10 various champagnes while enjoying the sunset from the downtown skyline. 🥂
- Keeneland Concourse d’Elegance | Sat., July 16 | 9 a.m. | Keeneland | $25 | This car show will be held on the famous Keeneland grounds + will show off some of the finest collector vehicles in the country. 🚗
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Here’s your chance to own a piece of Lexington history. The recently closed Parkette Drive-In announced it will be having a memorabilia sale on Sat., July 23 from 10 a.m.-3p.m. Shirts, hats, menus + decor will be available for purchase. The sale is first-come, first-serve and cash only.
100. That’s how many years Barney Miller’s, a family-owned store downtown, has been open for business. The audio, video + home theater store opened in 1922 and was responsible for selling the first radio in Kentucky. The company now specializes in home theaters, security systems, and smart home equipment. (WKYT)
Yesterday — Tues., July 12 — marked 16 years since clogging was named the official dance of Kentucky. This traditional Appalachian dance is a mixture of African, Irish, German, and English step dancing. Want to give it a shot? The Kentucky Bluegrass Cloggers are looking for new members. (Localtonians)
A local sauce boss called Mad Matt’s Hot Sauce just dropped two new flavors this week — Sriracha + Gran’ Daddy Chuck’s BBQ Sauce. All of his sauces are small-batch and handmade with homegrown produce. Matt says the barbecue sauce is a half-century-old family recipe. Message him on Facebook to order yours today. 🌶
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