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Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
Kentucky Arts Council

For Immediate Release, April 11, 2016
Contact: Tom Musgrave, tomr.musgrave@ky.gov
502-564-3757, ext. 489

Kentucky Writers’ Day is April 25

“I look forward to celebrating the writing that’s happened all over the state and celebrating all the people who have taught, led and written ‘Where I’m From’ poems,” Lyon said. “It will be a special day for writers all over Kentucky.”

FRANKFORT, Ky. — When Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon steps up to the microphone to perform readings of her work on Kentucky Writers’ Day, she’s certain of one thing.

“I know I won’t be as nervous as last year,” Lyon said.

Kentucky’s Writers' Day is Monday, April 25, 2016 at 10 a.m., at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.

Kentucky Writers’ Day is an annual event, organized by the Kentucky Arts Council, which celebrates the Commonwealth’s strong literary history. It is observed on or around the birth date of Kentucky native Robert Penn Warren, the first poet laureate of the United States and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes.

Lyon was installed as Kentucky Poet Laureate at the 2015 Writers’ Day ceremony and is completing her first year as the state’s literary ambassador.

“I look forward to celebrating the writing that’s happened across the state and celebrating the people who have taught, led and written ‘Where I’m From’ poems,” Lyon said. “It will be a special day for writers across Kentucky.”

Lyon has been traveling across Kentucky for the past year fulfilling her duties as poet laureate, speaking to students and fellow Kentucky writers about the craft of writing. She also started the creative project “Where I’m From: A Poetry of Place,” an initiative born from her internationally renowned 1990 poem “Where I’m From.” Seeing other Kentuckians write their own “Where I’m From” poems has been inspiring for Lyon.

“I’ve read some really moving pieces from many different social groups – third graders in far western Kentucky, women who are incarcerated in Rowan County and people in libraries all over the state,” Lyon said. “All of these voices—from the mountains and rivers, the Land Between the Lakes and the knobs—are important.”

Writers’ Day will also feature readings by past poets laureate, including Richard Taylor, Joe Survant, Sena Jeter Naslund, Gurney Norman, Maureen Morehead and Frank X Walker.

Lori Meadows, Gabby Thompson, Cheyenne Carter, Lindy Casebier NOTE TO EDITORS: Click on thumbnail image to download a print-quality image.

Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon strums a washboard, accompanying her poem “Creed” at the 2015 Kentucky Writers’ Day celebration. This year’s Writers’ Day will be April 25 at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. Writers’ Day is an annual event celebrated on or around Kentucky writer Robert Penn Warren’s birthday. Warren was the first U.S. poet laureate and a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

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The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council is celebrating 50 years of service in 2016.