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Phil Clore, Poet


Phil Clore

Born March 1, 1945 in Louisville, Phil Clore Jr. is the only child of Phil Sr. and Alma Clore. He spent his childhood in Bardstown, moving back to his birthplace at age 15.

Phil Clore book cover After receiving a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky, Phil worked in the fields of education and mental health as a school liaison counselor and administrator in Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia school systems. Having studied at the University of the Americas in Mexico City, Mexico, he became a political activist in San Fransisco in the early 1970s. When his father died in 1978, Phil came back to Louisville to run the family business.

In 1965, Phil began writing epigrams and poetry and had some published in local papers. At the time of his Mixed Media visit in April 2004, he was working on an autobiographical three-act play, Black People Don’t Take the Conch Train, which got rave reviews at a staged reading in January 2004. Other projects include his fourth book, Love to the Second Power.

Phil’s first book of poetry, Crossing the Street by Myself, was among Hawley-Cooke Bookseller’s top-selling books by Louisville authors for 2000.


Program 626

Poetry readings and conversation with Louisville writer Phil Clore, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Joel Pett of the Lexington Herald-Leader, and a salute to 25 years of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. (#626)

Program 637

Poetry readings and conversation with Louisville writer Phil Clore and an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Joel Pett of the Lexington Herald-Leader. (#637)





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