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Kathleen Driskell at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference 2015

One of Lexington’s most anticipated literary events is happening this weekend! The Kentucky Women Writers Conference is the longest running literary festival of women in the nation. Launched by the University of Kentucky in 1979, it is a premier destination for the celebration of women’s arts and letters. See some of the highlights from this year’s conference below.

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Also, don’t miss out on the opportunity to see one of UPK’s very own authors, Kathleen Driskell! She will be doing a reading at the conference from her most recent book, Next Door to the Dead, which features poems on Driskell’s life and experiences living in an old church that was just steps away from a graveyard.

“I’ve always loved Keats’s phrase “the mighty dead,” but I never understood it fully until I read Kathleen Driskell’s quietly explosive meditations on life and death. There’s a somber beauty to these poems; in them, the dead and living visit each other easily, singing of the rich mysteries on both sides of the divide.” — David Kirby

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George Ella Lyon’s Many-Storied House

Don’t miss Kentucky favorite George Ella Lyon at Joesph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington tonight introducing her new book, Many-Storied House: Poems.

Lyon is also a featured guest at the upcoming Kentucky Women Writers Conference September 20–21. To learn more, visit the conference website.

Many-Storied House: Poems by George Ella Lyon kentucky writerBorn in the small, eastern Kentucky coal-mining town of Harlan, George Ella Lyon began her career with Mountain, a chapbook of poems. She has since published many more books in multiple genres and for readers of all ages, but poetry remains at the heart of her work. Many-Storied House is her fifth collection.

While teaching aspiring writers, Lyon asked her students to write a poem based on memories rooted in a house where they had lived. Working on the assignment herself, Lyon began a personal journey, writing many poems for each room. In this intimate book, she strives to answer lingering questions about herself and her family: “Here I stand, at the beginning,” she writes in the opening lines of the volume, “with more questions than / answers.”

Collectively, the poems tell the sixty-eight-year-long story of the house, beginning with its construction by Lyon’s grandfather and culminating with the poet’s memories of bidding farewell to it after her mother’s death. Moving, provocative, and heartfelt, Lyon’s poetic excavations evoke more than just stock and stone; they explore the nature of memory and relationships, as well as the innermost architecture of love, family, and community. A poignant memoir in poems, Many-Storied House is a personal and revealing addition to George Ella Lyon’s body of work.

George Ella Lyon is the award-winning author of more than forty books, including Golden Kite Award winner Borrowed Children, Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Catalpa, Aesop Prize winner “Which Side Are You On?” The Story of a Song, and Bank Street Best Books selection and ALA notable All the Water in the World. Her most recent books are She Let Herself Go: Poems and the young adult novel Holding on to Zoe. Her poem “Where I’m From” is featured in the PBS series The United States of Poetry and has become a model for teachers around the world. Connect with her online at www.georgeellalyon.com.