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Kennedy Leads Campus Writers' Culture

Mick Kennedy sitting at his desk at ECTCMick Kennedy is not just a professor of arts and humanities at ECTC, but is also helping to build an active writers’ culture on campus.

“I get to see talented people who have something to say, who are just on the cusp of falling into the writerly world,” he said.

Originally from southern Indiana, Kennedy holds a Master of Fine Arts from Murray State University and has been teaching at ECTC for 20 years. He teaches composition, creative writing, literature and film.

Kennedy also founded and advises the college’s Creative Writing Club. Students hold readings and workshop each other’s pieces, enhancing their proofreading and editing skills. The club also tries to attend a conference each semester, goes to films and the opera, and has been to the Kentucky State Poetry Society.

“The whole idea of the club is that it’s the next step from creative writing class,” he said. “It’s putting people in a place where they can be a part of the writerly world.”

Kennedy also was instrumental in the development of Heartland Book Festival. This inaugural event, held Sept. 20 and 21 at the ECTC, will feature dozens of popular and promising authors. It is a partnership of ECTC, Hardin County Public Library and Barnes & Noble Bookstore to promote reading, writing and literacy. More information can be found at heartlandbookfestival.org.

The event will feature several authors who have been published in The Heartland Review. The literary journal was founded 20 years ago by Kennedy and is published twice a year.

The journal takes submissions for poetry, fiction and non-fiction from around the world. It is published through The Heartland Review Press, which was established in 2016.

“The college has been very supportive in all things that have to do with the journal,” he said. “We couldn’t do it without that support.”

Kennedy’s poetry has appeared in several journals, including War, Literature and the Arts, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Louisville Review, and Pegasus, among others. His poem “Death on Hwy 62 in Hardin County KY” received honorable mention in the 2016 James Baker Hall poetry contest by New Southerner magazine.

“I love working with students and I’m blessed to have this position,” Kennedy said. “This place has allowed me to meet a lot of interesting individuals, and I’m privileged to help out any way I can.”