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2021 Kentucky Shakespeare Competition

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ESU-KY Branch Annual Meeting and Virtual Evan Williams Distillery Tasting and Tour

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Registration extended until Thursday, October 1!


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Write ON! Poets Page

Poems, specifically haikus, on the topic of respect were submitted by the audience of the 2020 ESU Happy Hour program "Write on!" with Ron Whitehead, Kentucky Outlaw Poet. These poems came from across the globe and were evaluated by a committee of educators who selected three winners. To view the winning submissions, as well as all the poems, please click here. 


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Ron Whitehead, Outlaw Poet presents "Write ON!" - Wednesday, August 19th at 4:00 PM (EDT)

Ron Whitehead, Outlaw Poet, will present "Write ON! a feast for you mind and heart.  Ron has lived the extraordinary life of a writer, performer, traveler, and activist through his poetic world of unparalleled vision.

Through his writings, photographs, and clips from his upcoming film, Ron will share how his ESU scholarship to Oxford, meeting with exalted persons, and general life connectivity has developed a deeper vision of a world where Respect has led the way. 

In this program you will be entertained, challenged, and encouraged to tap your inner writer. Viewers will be encouraged to submit their Japanese or American Haiku centered on the theme of Respect for enjoyment on a national spotlight writing page. If you would like the chance to be featured as a poet during his program submit your Haiku using the form linked below. All those who attend will be eligible to win a copy of "The View from Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Bathroom Window" and the CD, Down and Out in Kentucky: Never Give Up.

Register Online                  Submit your Haiku on "Respect"

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ESU Happy Hour Series

Welcome to ESU Happy Hour! The ESU has planned a series of programs to connect and reach out to our members through programs that are engaging, fun, and informative on a wide variety of topics. Happy Hour programs bring to you guest speakers live and free of charge.  Speakers may also suggest a unique cocktail for you to create and enjoy at home. These programs are designed so ESU members and guests can learn and interact with our outstanding speakers. Many speakers will provide exciting participation opportunities with fun give away books and products at the end of each program.

Read the full story for a complete listing of the first six speakers in the program!


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