George Ella Lyon aims for ‘a poem from every county’ with Where I’m From writing project

    In the summer of 1993, Kentucky poet George Ella Lyon started working on the piece that would become her award-winning and internationally acclaimed poem “Where I’m From” (see below). It has since become one of the foremost poetry writing models in the world.   Lyon, Kentucky poet laureate for 2015-16, is using “Kentucky’s ‘Where I’m From’: A Poetry...

George Ella Lyon aims for ‘a poem from every county’ with Where I’m From writing project

    In the summer of 1993, Kentucky poet George Ella Lyon started working on the piece that would become her award-winning and internationally acclaimed poem “Where I’m From” (see below). It has since become one of the foremost poetry writing models in the world.   Lyon, Kentucky poet laureate for 2015-16, is using “Kentucky’s ‘Where I’m From’: A Poetry...

Kentucky by Heart: Three great reads by three Kentucky authors inspire, inform, entertain

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   We’re moving into one of my favorite times of the year, when summer haze turns to skies looking like God cleaned them with Windex!   Steve Flairty grew up feeling good about Kentucky. He recalls childhood trips orchestrated by his father, with the take-off points in Campbell County. The people and places he encountered then help define his passion...

Continuing to make poetry accessible part of George Ella Lyon’s mission as Poet Laureate

Lexington poet, author, lyricist and teacher George Ella Lyon is Kentucky’s poet laureate for 2015-16. Lyon, a native of Harlan, will be formally inducted during a ceremony on Kentucky Writers’ Day, April 24, at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.   “From her immense collection of poetry to her work as a teacher, George Ella Lyon’s work is a portrait of Kentucky heritage...

A book for anyone’s taste ready for autograph at Frankfort’s 33rd Kentucky Book Fair

(Photo from KBF)   Nearly 200 authors will participate in the 33rd annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 15 at the Frankfort Convention Center, signing and talking about books as diverse as basketball, bourbon and the Beatles.   The book fair, Kentucky’s premier literary event, is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1981, proceeds from the fair have resulted...

Annual Kentucky Book Fair provides nearly $400,000 in grants to school, public libraries

(Photo from KBF)   Nearly 200 authors will participate in the 33rd annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 15 at the Frankfort Convention Center, signing and talking about books as diverse as basketball, bourbon and the Beatles.   The book fair, Kentucky’s premier literary event, is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1981, proceeds from the fair have resulted...

Kentucky Book Fair coming for 33rd year with basketball, Beatlemania and the Civil War

Kentucky’s premier literary event – Kentucky Book Fair – is coming for the 33rd year to the Frankfort Convention Center on Saturday, Nov. 15, with nearly 200 authors in attendance and an expected 4,000-5,000 patrons visiting.   The fourth Annual Children’s Day will take place the day before on Friday, Nov. 14.   Teeny Lamothe’s latest (Photo from KBF) The scores...

'Celebrate Appalachia': Stonewall Elementary goes to the mountains for month of active fun

In a Kentucky Mixer at Stonewall Elementary in Lexington students traded dance partners in a planned, organized routine. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Stonewall Elementary in Lexington emits a distinct Appalachian vibe this month as classes focus on the region’s people and traditions. “We want students to have a deeper appreciation of the rich cultural...

George Ella Lyon, Bobbie Ann Mason, Sena Jeter Naslund at UofL Women’s Book Festival

(Photo from UofL)   The ultimate book club meeting will occur when readers and writers convene for the Eighth Annual Kentucky Women’s Book Festival at the University of Louisville on Saturday, May 17, in the Ekstrom Library.   Author presentations, book sales, book signings and a luncheon will give participants a chance to connect over their favorite pastimes: reading, writing and talking...