Pennington has published 1,300 poems in 300 periodicals worldwide and is the author of several poetry collections. A native of Eastern Kentucky, Pennington has lifelong interests as folklorist and educator. He also is a published playwright, journalist and documentarian.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Special Collections is the event sponsor. Comprised of Rare Books and Photographic Archives, Special Collections collects, organizes, preserves and makes available for research unique, primary source materials, particularly those documenting the cultural heritage of the region.