The Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts has been serving students across Kentucky since 1987 through its mission of facilitating the artistic development of gifted young people and building a richly diverse, nurturing community that empowers students to grow socially and emotionally.
April 24 was Kentucky Writers' Day, and in honor of the event, GSA held an evening dedicated to the spoken word, a free and joyous celebration of poetry, fiction and all things written.
Attendees were treated to readings and performances along with accompaniment by jazz pianist Harry Pickens.
Photo above: The multi-talented Harry Pickens - jazz pianist, composer, educator and speaker - performing at the GSA 2008 summer program.
Among the readers were GSA faculty member Mitchell Douglas and GSA alumna Tania James, whose debut novel Atlas of Unknowns hit the shelves in April.
Also in attendance were Kentucky's renowned Affrilachian Poets, including Frank X Walker, Bernard Clay, Ricardo Nazario Colon, Bianca Spriggs, Keith Wilson and Makalani Bandele.
Photo above: Affrilachian poet - and former GSA director - Frank X Walker serves as emcee during the 2006 GSA summer program.
The event was a fund-raiser for GSA, and its new Club 28 campaign.
The name "Club 28" alludes to the $2800 cost for each student's participation in the summer program. Club 28 was created to help offset recent losses in funding responsible for cuts in the total number of students able to participate in GSA's summer program.
For more information on GSA, please visit www.kentuckygsa.org.