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Author and past KY Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson as keynote speaker at KAEE Conference

Join us in celebrating; Crystal Wilkinson will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Environmental Education Conference, set for November 13-15 at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY.

Crystal Wilkinson, a recent fellowship recipient of the Academy of American Poets, is the award-winning author of Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts, a culinary memoir; Perfect Black; a collection of poems; and three works of fiction—The Birds of Opulence, Water Street and Blackberries, Blackberries.

She is the recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Poetry, an O. Henry Prize, a USA Artists Fellowship, and an Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. Named Kentucky’s Poet Laureate from 2021 to 2023, she has received recognition from the Yaddo Foundation, Hedgebrook, The Vermont Studio Center for the Arts, The Hermitage Foundation and others. Her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including most recently in The Atlantic, The Kenyon Review, STORY, Agni Literary Journal, Emergence, Oxford American and Southern Cultures. She currently teaches at the University of Kentucky where she is Bush-Holbrook Professor in Creative Writing.

“We are so excited about the opportunity to hear and learn from Eastern Kentucky Native, Crystal Wilkinson,” said Ashley Hoffman, KAEE Executive Director. “Her beautiful writing blends nature, culture, and a sense of place in a way that can inspire all of us as educators to better connect our students with the world around them.”

We are currently accepting session proposals for the conference. Learn more about the event and how to become part of this dynamic program at To learn more about Crystal Wilkinson and her incredible works, visit


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