Kentucky Women's Book Festival 2024


 The 18th annual Kentucky Women’s Book Festival will feature authors from a wide variety of genres March 2nd,2024 in University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus' Ekstrom Library. The festival begins at 9 a.m. with coffee and conversation and the opening session begins at 9:30 a.m. in Chao Auditorium in Ekstrom Library. Festival sessions and presentations are free but participants are asked to register to guarantee their space.

 The festival’s opening speaker is Joy Priest (she/her) the author of Horsepower (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, and the editor of Once a City Said: A Louisville Poets Anthology (Sarabande, 2023). She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Fine Arts Work Center fellowship, and the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from the American Poetry Review. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Nation, among others. She is an Assistant Professor of African American / African Diasporic Poetry on the faculty of Pitt's MFA program and the Curator of Community Programs & Practice at its Center for African American Poetry & Poetics.


Other speakers will include:

  • Minda Honey
  • Deedee Cummings
  • Brittany J. Thurman
  • Rheonna Thornton
  • Pamela Haines
  • Jackie Floyd
  • Dr. Tytianna Ringstaff

  • Where should I park, is there a fee, and do I need a permit? Free limited parking is available in the College of Business Red Lot, 3rd & Brandeis Blue Lot. Paid parking available at Speed Art Museum & East Brandeis Parking Lot (next to Cultural & Equity Center) Visit Kentucky Women's Book Festival Parking & Directions for more information. 
  • Is the building accessible? Yes. There are ramps at both entrances of Ekstrom Library and elevators. 

The Women’s Center hosts this event as part of the University’s observance of Women’s History Month.

The Kentucky Women's Book Festival 2024 is sponsored by the Women's Center, UofL Libraries, and Office of Institutional Equity.