Kentucky’s 2022 Teacher of the Year, author Willie Carver, will be in Winchester Thursday, July 27 at Regeneration Distillery.
You can listen to a conversation with Willie and our own Lashana Harney on the latest episode of the WinCity Voices Podcast.
Willie, who bills himself as a “Gay Appalachian author, speaker, and biscuit maker from eastern KY,” will be appearing to meet and greet locals and read poems from his new book, Gay Poems for Red States.
Here’s what Willie has to say about himself and his book on his official website:
Gay Poems for Red States is a collection of narrative prose poems that seek to give voice to a young queer boy from Appalachia who tried, and continues to try, to love desperately a world that doesn’t always love him back.
I am proud of this work. I have long considered Appalachia as a place plum cluttered and spilling over with poetry, tucked and strung about in stories and gossip, in our ways of loving and hurting each other, but our poetry isn’t always included in conversations about what poetry is or should be.
I hope to write so that I can do something. In my life, I’ve seen a lot of people in pain. Some of that pain comes from broken dreams, some from not understanding people different from ourselves, and some from understanding them all too well. But all pain, though it comes from diverse places, can be healed. I hope I can help do some healing.
The event at the distillery is free to the public and also includes free food and cocktails! It will take place on Thursday, July 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Regeneration Distillery, 31 E. Broadway in downtown Winchester.
Hope to see you there!