America's Next UNESCO "City of Literature" Could Be Lexington, Kentucky

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The historic Kentucky town is finalizing their application to the United Nations-based agency to be distinguished as a literary city.

Lexington currently boasts credentials as America’s horse, bourbon, and blue grass capital. Now it may add “International City of Literature” to its bona fides.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, local writer Jayne Moore Waldrop has assembled institutions such as the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, the Lexington Public Library, the University Press of Kentucky, the Kentucky Humanities Council and VisitLex, (which provided $10,000 in funding for the application process), to make the city part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network by having it officially on of the institution’s Cities of Literature. Of the twenty cities that currently hold this distinction, only Iowa City can stake this claim in the US.

“What we have here in the literary arts is authentic,” he told the paper. “It’s not something we have to make up; we just have to connect all the dots. Just like bourbon, we’ve been doing it for 200 years.”

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