Established in 1926, the position of poet laureate in Kentucky is currently held by Frederick Smock, who began his two year term on May 1, 2017. Smock is the author of five books of essays and five books of poetry, most recently The Bounteous World: New Poems (Broadstone Books, January 11, 2013). His work has been featured in American Poetry Review and The Writers Chronicle, and he has received the W.B. Jones Award for Creative Writing, the AL Smith Fellowship In Poetry, and the Jim Wayne Miller Prize for Poetry. Smock currently serves as Associate Professor of English at Bellarmine University.