Oxford American Events
October 30, 2017

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 at 6:00 PM | LEXINGTON, KY

The second of two events to celebrate the release of our 19th Annual Southern Music Issue, featuring the Bluegrass State. The event will feature live readings from several music issue contributors and is being held at 21c Museum Hotel - Lexington.

October 30, 2017

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 at 7:30 PM | LEXINGTON, KY

The first of two very special events in Lexington, Kentucky to celebrate the release of our 19th Annual Southern Music Issue, featuring the artists and sounds of the Bluegrass State. The event will feature several Kentucky-based musicians, and it is being held at The Burl.

April 18, 2017

But those are facts, and “facts” are exactly what I don’t want to know, inasmuch as they will inevitably get in the way of the little fictions I’ve enjoyed telling myself during my walks for most of the last twenty-five years. 

April 11, 2017

Here are the facts: In the first Kentucky Derby run in 1875, thirteen of the fifteen jockeys were black, including the winner, Oliver Lewis on Aristides. Black jockeys won fifteen of the first twenty-eight derbies. Isaac Murphy, whose winnings built a mansion in Lexington near the old Kentucky Association racetrack, won the derby three times and had an overall win record of 34.5 percent. Jimmy Winkfield, who was born in 1882, won the derby twice. He went to Russia to race and then fled the Bolshevik Revolution, leading a band of Thoroughbreds to Poland. Winkfield lived the high life as a trainer on the tracks outside Paris, France, but when he returned to Kentucky in 1961 at the invitation of racing journalists, he was turned away at the door of the Brown Hotel because he was black.