Poet Joe Bolton, having just completed his MFA thesis at the University of Kentucky, killed himself. (1990)
Joe Bolton was from Cadiz, Kentucky. It may sound like a strange place to be from, and I imagine it is, but some of the happiest time ever spent on earth I imagine was spent by me, and in Cadiz Kentucky, a few months before I would ever hear of Joe Bolton.
Joe received a Masters from the University of Florida, and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Kentucky. His work is the subject of a graduate thesis by Joe Schmidt.... already.... lesson being that the sooner we can pull off dying, the sooner our work can be studied.
He remains, in his native Kentucky, a bit of a cult classic.
He published three books of poetry: Breckenridge County Suite (1987), Days of Summer Gone (1990), and Last Nostalgia Poems (1987-1990). Last Nostalgia Poems combines the two books, and other unpublished poems.
The Lawrence Writers’ Collective, Bathtub, aims to unify graduate students within the K.U. creative writing programs and connect them to writers and artists within the community at large through words and beer. Through participation in the annual A.W.P. conference, literary festivals, ongoing writers’ exchanges with other programs, art shows, and reading series featuring local writers, the collective raises public awareness for both the K.U. M.F.A. program and the Lawrence writing community. Other important things include general displays of bad-ass-ness and kickass dance moves, preferably ones that reference robots.
Most importantly, the writer’s collective gives writers in Lawrence a common voice and a unified front for action both within and outside of Kansas. Word.