George Ella Lyon
Kentucky Poet Laureate
2015 - 2016

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Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed George Ella Lyon to serve as Kentucky Poet Laureate for the 2015 – 2016 term. As poet laureate, Lyon will promote the arts and lead the state in literary endeavors through readings and public presentations at meetings, seminars, conferences and events, including Kentucky Writers' Day. Lyon was formally inducted at a public ceremony and reception, in conjunction with Kentucky Writers' Day, on April 24, 2015, in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.

The Kentucky Poet Laureate nomination and selection process is coordinated and administered by the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency. An independent panel reviews the nominations and submits its recommendation to the Governor for appointment.


Watch George Ella Lyon's Induction Speech



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Kentucky Writers' Day 2015.





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