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Language Arts

Living by Words

A celebration of 50 years of creative writing at the University of Kentucky
Grade Levels:
90 minutes
Taping Rights:
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Web Site:
KET Online
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Program Schedule and Streaming Links:
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Join five of Kentucky’s best-loved authors—Bobbie Ann Mason, Wendell Berry, Gurney Norman, Ed McClanahan, and James Baker Hall—for a celebration of creative writing. This 90-minute special features readings the five writers gave in the fall of 2001 as part of the 50th anniversary of the University of Kentucky’s Creative Writing Program.

Educational Use: Teachers will want to preview the program in advance. It is divided into “chapters” which allows for easier use in the classroom. Visit the Living by Words web site at for additional information about all five writers, essays on Kentucky’s literary tradition, and advice from the writers.

This program has been flagged because one poem has the word “s---.”

Program of Studies:
Reading: Forming a Foundation, Interpreting Text, Developing an Intial Understanding, Reflecting and Responding to Text, Demonstrating a Critical Stance
Arts and Humanities: Purposes for Creating the Arts, Humanity in the Arts, Interrelationships Among the Arts
Speaking, Listening, Observing

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2012/13 KETKY Program Schedule

Kentucky writers Bobbie Ann Mason, Wendell Berry, Ed McClanahan, Gurney Norman, and James Baker Hall read from their works and talk about their long-time friendships, their creative writing teachers at the University of Kentucky, and their relationships with Kentucky. The joint reading featured in the program was recorded at UK's Singletary Center for the Arts on October 18, 2001. A 2002 KET production.

These videos are also available on KET EncycloMedia.

The schedule listed here includes only airings on the KETKY channel. See the complete Living by Words broadcast schedule for airings on all KET channels.

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This program relates to the following Kentucky Academic Expectations.

Kentucky schools may tape and retain programs according to the rights listed above. For further information, contact the KET Education Division.

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