On Saturday morning, March 2, 2019, at the University of Pikeville (UPike) Dr. James Riley read from his new book Broken Frequencies: a book of poems (Shadelandhouse Modern Press: March 2019) at the 2019 Kentucky Philological Association (KPA) Conference during Session 4 (4.2 Creative: Contemporary Themes/New Releases (HPEB 2nd floor Student Lounge, 10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.). Riley was joined by  moderator Jillian Bailey (East Tennessee State University), Don Boes (Bluegrass Community and Technical College), and Audrey Naffziger (Ohio University).

Kentucky poet Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, author of Out of Nowhere and Come and Go, Molly Snow, was the speaker at the Plenary Session on Friday, March 1 in Chrisman Auditorium. She also shared poetry and spoke to UPike creative writing students on Friday morning.

“This [was] the first time since the organization’s inception that the conference [had] been held in Pikeville,” according to Dr. James Riley, Coordinator of the English Program and Professor of English at the University of Pikeville. The conference included fifty presentations and attracted approximately eighty attendees from Kentucky and regional colleges and universities.

The KPA is Kentucky’s “premier organization for the study of language and literature! For over forty years, they have brought together outstanding scholars and creative writers from around the region for stimulating critical discussions of literature and reading of original literary works.”

James Alan Riley and Mary Ann Taylor-Hall

Mary Ann Taylor Hall sharing poetry with creative writing students, University of Pikeville, 2019 KPA Conference

(Left to right) Jillian Bailey, James Riley, Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, Audrey Naffziger, and Don Boes

James Riley reading from his new book, Broken Frequencies: a book of poems

Broken Frequencies, James Alan Riley