September 15-16, 2017
Lexington, Kentucky

Our Board

Board members are patrons and volunteers who:

  • assist with the annual conference 
  • advocate for the conference throughout the state and region
  • liaison with community volunteers and partnering businesses 
  • contribute or raise funds for conference activities

All cash and in-kind contributions to the conference are fully tax-deductible. For more information about joining the board, please contact the conference director, Julie Wrinn at

Current Board Members

Melissa Young, President
director of Grants & Special Projects, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Ellen Soileau, Vice President
editor and writer, KET

Angie King, Secretary
director of Women's and Gender Studies, Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Sylvia Ahrens, Treasurer
poet and former English faculty at Lindsey Wilson College

Sarah Chapman
office manager and registrar, Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

Lynnell Edwards
poet and associate professor of English, Spalding University

Randi Ewing
fiction writer and adjuct faculty, Transylvania University

Susan Kroeg
novelist and Professor of English, Eastern Kentucky University

Melissa A. McEuen, President Emerita
Professor of History, Transylvania University

Kimberly Miller, President Emerita
poet and Adjunct Faculty, Bluegrass Community & Technical College

Kiki Petrosino
poet and Associate Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing, University of Louisville

Lisa Tobe
executive director, Wildflower Consulting, LLC

Sonia Sanchez Series Committee
Patrice Muhammad, Chair
journalist and co-founder, LexTown Media Group

Wild Women of Poetry Slam
Sara Volpi, slam coordinator
Literary Outreach Coordinator, Western Kentucky University, and Coordinator, Southern Kentucky Book Fest