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Ken enjoys discussing his book NORVEL: An American Hero and his other writings at bookstores, classrooms, bookclubs, historical societies, etc.  Please contact him at Ken@kennethfconklin.com to arrange for his participation in your event.



May 4 - May 7 - The Poet Society of Virginia will celebrating their 100th year at the Richmond, Virginia Public Library.  This event is open to the public at no charge.  It will be fun!  Poetry Society of Virginia Centennial Celebration


Saturday, March 11, 11am - Gainsboro Branch Library - 15 Patton Ave NW, Roanoke, Virginia.  Ken will discuss his journey discovering the remarkble life of Norvel Lee.

Monday, February 13, 6pm - Book talk at the Clifton Forge, Virginia, Library

Click her for a Pre-event interview with Ken:  Alleghany Journal Interview


Saturday, January 20th and 21st:   Roanoke Regional Writers Conference


Saturday, December 17, 2pm to 4pm - Book signing at BookNoFurther in downtown Roanoke, Virginia.  Book No Further


Tuesday, November 15 - Click here for details: Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation Awards


Saturday, September 17, 2pm - Norvel Lee historical marker ceremony - Eagle Rock, Virginia.  Click on the Historical Marker Tab above to see the extensive media coverage

Wednesday, August 10th 5:30 to 6:30 - PSV Centennial: Virginia Voices Series - Ken will be a featured poet on this week's interview.  

Saturday May 21; 11am - Eagle Rock Branch Library in Eagle Rock, Virginia - Ken will discussed his book about the life of Norvel Lee, NORVEL: An American Hero.  It was a very enjoyable event giving a talk in the area where Norvel Lee was born and raised.

Sunday March 6, 2021, 2-3pm - Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia - Artemis Journal Pop-up - Ken will be reading several of his poems from his Zen of Ken collection.  Tap Here for the Program


February 15, 2022 - Canceled because of COVID concerns!  Clifton Forge Library - Ken will discuss Norvel Lee's legacy during Black History Month.


October 21, 2021 - Members of the Brown Bag Book Club of Clifton Forge discussion of NORVEL.  This was a very stimulating event, with an excellent discussion about the book.  Thank you to all who participated.


July 15, 2021 - The UK's Chat and Spin Radio interview with Ian Johnson.

July 10, 2021 - The Book Dragon Shop, Staunton Virginia, 1pm to 2:30pm Ken discussed and signed NORVEL: An American Hero.

Tuesday, July 6, noon to 1pm (EDT): Ken discussed NORVEL: An American Hero on a Live Facebook event hosted by Zoom Into Books. 

Juneteenth, 2021 - Winchester Book Gallery - Winchester Virginia - Book signing for NORVEL: An American Hero, and sign books.

May 27, 2021 - Private Event - Attending Portland Oregon based book club to discuss NORVEL: An American Hero.

Tuesday, May 12: Daleville, Virginia. A virtual book club event. The book club discussed NORVEL by commenting and asked questions of the author.

Friday, February 21, 2020 11am: Goodwill Industries of the Valley at the Goodwill's Melrose Jobs Campus. Ken was a member of a panel for Goodwill's Celebration of Diversity event for 2020. It was focussed on local African American heros including Norvel Lee.

February 8, 2020, 2PM - Ken lectured on the life of Norvel Lee, the subject of his just released book, at the Fincastle Library, Fincastle, Virginia. This event was sponsored by the Botetourt County Historical Society, one of several events commemorating the founding of the county 250 years ago and Black History