Hundreds memorialize James Baker Hall

James Baker Hall’s loved ones said he probably would have laughed through the memorial service held for him Saturday.

Hundreds of people packed the Carnegie Center in Lexington’s Gratz Park for Hall, who died June 25 at age 74, after a long illness. They listened again to his stories and poetry, looked anew at his photographs and shared memories of the generation of writing students whom he taught at the University of Kentucky.

At the lectern, Hall’s family and friends read from his books as they talked about him. They described a man driven to rise at 4 a.m. every day not just to make art but to teach young Kentuckians that they, too, have a universal responsibility to bring art into the world. Read more


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