Poetry Out Loud: 2017 Judges


Julia Johnson
Julia Johnson is the author of three poetry collections: “Subsidence,” “The Falling Horse,” and “Naming the Afternoon.” Her poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Poetry International, The Greensboro Review, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, Washington Square, Jubilat, and numerous other journals and anthologies. She is associate professor of English and directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Kentucky.

Carole Herzog Johnston
Carole Herzog Johnston taught creative writing at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Lexington for 18 years. She and her students brought the very first poetry slam to Lexington and ran the Lexington slam for several years, during which she often served as Slam master and judge. In her early career, Carole taught high school English for five years and was a school media specialist for 10 years. She has published two books of poetry: “Journeys: Getting Lost” and “Manic Dawn.” Carole is a prolific Facebook and Twitter poet and has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, both print and online.

Dr. Kyle Lee
Dr. Kyle Lee is currently the coordinator of visual and performing arts in the Division of Program Standards-Office of Teaching and Learning at the Kentucky Department of Education. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Lee served as principal at Hearn Elementary School in Frankfort, and taught music in both Kentucky and Tennessee public schools. Dr. Lee obtained his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Kentucky, Rank I Superintendent certification from the University of Kentucky, master’s in Educational Administration-Principalship P-12 from University of the Cumberlands, and Bachelor of Music Education P-12 from Morehead State University. As an artist, Dr. Lee has toured. He performed at the largest conservatory in South America, De Campos Conservatory of music in Tatui, Brazil, as well as Sala Sao Paulo Concert Hall, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Theatro Castro Mendes in Campinas, Brazil. Being very active in the marching arts, Dr. Lee was a member of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps for two years and helped lead the group to a first place Drum Corps International World Percussion Title in 2003.


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