Current Laureates

Kory WellsPoet Laureate Kory Wells

Kory Wells is a longtime Murfreesboro resident, founder of Poetry in the Boro, and a founding board member of the Rutherford Arts Alliance.Her new poetry collection, SUGAR FIX, from Terrapin Books is coming out September 15. Kory’s outreach as Poet Laureate has included writing poems with incarcerated women in Murfreesboro’s Doors of Hope program and reading and discussing novels-in-verse with local youth through Read To Succeed's participation in Project LIT.

Gale StonerPhotographer Laureate Gale Stoner

Gale Stoner’s foray into Fine Art photography began in the mid-sixties while he was stationed in Duluth, Minnesota. Through a successful twenty-one year career in the Air Force and two decades as a professional speaker, Gale has continued to hone a masterful and professional photographic practice. As a Laureate, Gale continued his outreach with veterans and volunteer youth education classes. He also completed an outreach program for the residents of Doors of Hope.

Ashley BuchananPainter LaureateAshley Buchanan

Ashley Buchanan is an artist, filmmaker, and designer with a vastly interdisciplinary practice, ranging from drawing, animation, and film, to wood carving and photography. Her involvement in Murfreesboro’s creative community is equally expansive. She is the founder of the production company Creative Movements, is a longtime contributor to several regional youth arts camps, and has been awarded by Tennessee Parks & Recreation for her extensive volunteer service to the arts community.