Georgetown College alumnus Frederick Smock, Class of 1976, is the Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2017-18. He will be formally inducted during a ceremony on May 1 at the Old State Capitol, 300 W. Broadway St. in Frankfort.

Frederick Smock

Frederick Smock

Smock’s appointment by Gov. Matt Bevin was announced by the Kentucky Arts Council. The Louisville native is now Associate Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Bellarmine University.

According to a press release, Smock said, “I’m thrilled. Jim Wayne Miller (2015 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame inductee) has said that Kentucky is a writerly state, and that’s so true. Many of our poets laureate have been writers I’ve looked up to, and I’m excited to join their company.”

Smock is the author of 10 books of poems and essays and has earned several awards, including the 2002 Henry Ledingham Poetry Prize, the 2003 Jim Wayne Miller Prize for Poetry, and the 2008 Kentucky Literary Award for Poetry.

(Photo: Bellarmine University)