Student Clubs & Publications

Sigma Tau Delta -- English Student Club and Honor Society

Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society, and the University of Kentucky has a very active chapter.  Our chapter acts as the English Student club, and all students are welcome to join as campus members.  Our three goals are promoting fellowship, service, and scholarship.  We host many events for English majors over the course of the year, and we hope to see you at one soon. We always welcome new members. Membership on campus is free.

To be eligible for membership in the national organization, students must have a B (3.0) average in English and overall, they must have completed three semesters of college (or equivalent number of credit-hours) and must have taken two courses in English (beyond the 100-level).  If these conditions are met, the student can fill out the membership form and pay a one-time $50.00 dues payment to Sigma Tau Delta.  National members have access to publication, internship, scholarship, and leadership opportunities.

More information here

Shale - An Undergraduate Literary Magazine

Shale was originally founded under the name The Cat’s Figment as a Jury Project for the Gaines Center for the Humanities. Since its inception, it has been run by Gaines fellows who have successively widened the journal's reach to include more of the undergraduate creative writing community. In 2011, The Cat's Figment was renamed Shale as a nod of respect and admiration for the graduate literary journal, Limestone. The change was also to reflect our new partnership with the Writing Center, as we shared the common goal of improving the undergraduate writing community. Shale now has formed a partnership with the English Department, as well as an association with the Office of International Affairs. The latter association is to reflect Shale's new aim of incorporating poetry and prose in world languages into the creative community that we hope to foster. More information here

Graphite Creative Writing Association
The purpose of this organization is to provide a creative writing outlet for students on campus through fundraisers, meetings, and events, as well as to promote group fellowship through outreach to the creative writing community of Lexington. More information here


Limestone, a graduate student run literary journal housed at the University of Kentucky, publishes original art, poetry, and prose from established and emerging writers. Established in 1986, Limestone has published work from internationally-recognized poets Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon, and from many noted Kentucky writers, including Wendell Berry, Gurney Norman, Ed McClanahan, Frank X Walker, Maurice Manning, Nikki Finney, and Holly Goddard Jones. More information here. Editor-in-Chief: Catherine A. Brereton, Fiction Editor: Sean Madden, Nonfiction Editor: Sarah Abbott, Poetry Editor: Jenna Goldsmith, Public Relations: Amanda Kelley, Events Planning: Sean Corbin, Intern Liaison: John Duncan, Website Coordinator: Courtney Casero, Readers: Joy Bowman, Amy Copelin, Jesse Houk, Robin LaMer Rahija, Erin Shoot, Guy Spriggs, Interns: Nicole Solakiewicz, Andrew Turner, Faculty Adviser: Julia Johnson


UK SHAKES is a group of students who produce and perform Shakespeare plays for fun. For more information, contact:







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