Appalachian Heritage Event Honors Poet Jim Wayne Miller

Jim WayneIn June, Jim Wayne Miller, ’58, was honored by Appalachian Heritage, the literary quarterly sponsored through the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center. Miller, a pioneer in Appalachian literature and studies, was former Kentucky poet laureate and the featured author of the Summer 2009 issue of Appalachian Heritage.

He was honored posthumously during the campus author celebration, a quarterly event that annually coincides with the College’s summer alumni reunion. For this celebration, the panelists were Miller’s wife, Mary Ellen Miller, ’57, who directs women’s studies and is professor of English at Western Kentucky University; their son, Frederic S. Miller of Louisville, the featured artist for the summer issue; Loyal Jones, ’54, director emeritus of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center; and Morris A. Grubbs of the University of Kentucky, a prominent editor who is working with Mary Ellen Miller on a Jim Wayne Miller reader.