Constance Alexander will serve as the vice president for the Kentucky Historical Society Executive Committee in 2017. She and the other officers of the Society were sworn in on Friday, November 11, by Frankfort Chief Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd at the Old State Capitol. Alexander has served on the KHS board since 2010 and has been an officer since 2013. As second vice president in 2015-16, she chaired the Governance Committee.
Alexander is a published poet and has written five books and numerous articles and essays for various publications. Recently “The Last Thanksgiving” was published in the fall issue of the Bellevue Literary Review. Alexander has been an adjunct professor in the Department of English & Philosophy at Murray State University since spring 2004. She completed her undergraduate work at The College of New Jersey and University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and earned an M.A. in Humanities from New Jersey’s Kean University. She has an MBA from Pace University, NY, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Murray State University.
Alexander has been telling Kentucky stories in a variety of media since she moved to Murray in 1988. Her award-winning column in the Murray Ledger & Times typically focuses on Kentucky people and places. Through a Community Artist in Residence Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council, she conducted interviews with about seventy former Between the Rivers residents. The interviews led to a documentary radio series, “Connecting People & Place.” As an independent producer of that project, she worked in partnership with WKMS-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate. Alexander’s poetry collection, Kilroy Was Here, features one Kentucky family and its experiences on the home front during World War II.
A graduate of Leadership Kentucky, Alexander received the 2014 Governor’s Award in the Arts for her work in the media. She has received many grants and awards from the Kentucky Arts Council, Kentucky Foundation for Women, Helmsley Foundation, Newspaper Association of America, Ragdale Foundation, Pew Center for Civic Journalism, Kaiser Foundation, and Pilgrim Project. Currently, she is the artistic director of an Arts Access Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council to the Murray-Calloway County Endowment for Health Care. The focus of the grant is the inclusion of adults with disabilities in arts activities and programs.
Congratulations to Constance Alexander on her new appointment and her many accomplishments!