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Join UK Women’s Forum in April for Conversations About Mental Health

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2021)  Check in with your emotional well-being this month with two programs from the University of Kentucky Women’s Forum. Mental health is the theme for the April professional development session and monthly “Coffee and Connect” programming. Don’t miss these final opportunities for professional development with the Women’s Forum this semester!

On Tuesday, April 20, from 11 a.m.–noon (on Zoom), Ann Bassoni, mental health counselor with the UK Office of Work-Life, will present “Emotional Well-Being During a Pandemic.” In this session, the discussion will focus on the challenges individuals and families are facing and how these have changed during the course of COVID-19. But why stop with identifying the challenges? Come up with your own emotional well-being plan while discussing various ways to check your emotional health and make adjustments as needed. 

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This month’s Coffee & Connect will feature a conversation with Crystal Wilkinson, associate professor of English at the University of Kentucky. Wilkinson, who was recently appointed 2021-22 Kentucky Poet Laureate by Gov. Andy Beshear, is the award-winning author of "The Birds of Opulence," whose characters struggle with mental illness. The novel won the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. Nominated for both the Orange Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Wilkinson has received recognition from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Kentucky Arts Council, the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and is a recipient of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing. Wilkinson has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including most recently in the Oxford American and Southern Cultures. The Coffee & Connect event will be held from 8:30–9:30 a.m. Friday, April 30, via Zoom.

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Along with this month’s Coffee & Connect, Kentucky Humanities provided 15 copies of "The Birds of Opulence" by Wilkinson as giveaways. This program is part of Kentucky Humanities’ statewide literacy initiative, Kentucky Reads. For more information about Kentucky Reads and events taking place throughout the state, visit

Please visit the UK Women’s Forum website for more details about these and other virtual events. Please direct questions to

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