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Spring 2015 Appalachian Reading Series Mini Residencies



George Ella Lyon
George Ella Lyon (Photo courtesy of Bobbie Combs)

7:00 PM
Friday, March 20
Chinook Chapel
LMU Campus
Harrogate, TN

Writing Picture Books Workshop
9:00-11:00 AM
Saturday, March 21
Room 105
DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (DCOM)
LMU Campus
Harrogate, TN

Gorge Ella Lyon is the author of four books of poetry, a novel, a memoir, and a short story collection as well as thirty-seven books for young readers.  Her honors include an Al Smith Fellowship, fellowships to the Hambidge Center for the Arts, numerous grants from The Kentucky Foundation for Women, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and a feature in the PBS series, The United States of Poetry.  Her books have been chosen for the Chafiin Award, the Appalachian Book of the Year award, the Aesop Prize, ALA’s Schneider Family Book Award, the Jane Addams Honor Book, the Golden Kite Award, the New York Public Library’s Best Book for Teens list, and the Parents’ Choice Silver Medal.

Her newest books are Voices from the March on Washington, co-written with J. Patrick Lewis, and What Forest Knows, illustrated by August Hall. A native of Harlan County, Kentucky, Lyon works as a freelance writer and teacher based in Lexington. For more information about Lyon, visit her website: www.georgeellalyon.com

“George Ella Lyon’s gifts amazes me,” LMU Writer-in-Residence Darnell Arnoult said. “She is accomplished in every writing genre, from adult poetry to children’s picture books, from fiction to memoir. And she is as generous a writing teacher as she is a talented writer. I am so excited she will be here to read her work for adults and work with local writers who want to learn more about writing for young readers.  We don’t often have a chance to bring in a writer who can do both.”

George Ella Lyon
Ron Houchin

Poetry Writing Workshop
2:00-4:00 PM
Sunday, March 22
Room 105
DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (DCOM)
LMU Campus
Harrogate, TN

Reading and Book Signing
7:00 p.m.                                            
Monday, March 23                           
LMU Cumberland Gap Convention Center                        
Cumberland Gap, TN               

Ron Houchin is the author of seven collections of poetry and one of short stories.  His work has appeared in Five Points, The Southern Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Northwest, Poetry Daily, The Kansas City Star,and many others.  His newest book The Man Who Saws Us in Half was awarded the 2013 Weatherford Award for poetry. He is a retired public school teacher living on the banks of the Ohio River near Huntington, WV.

“Ron is an excellent poet,” says LMU Writer-in-Residence, Darnell Arnoult. “The Man Who Saws Us in Half is one of my favorite poetry collections.  I’ve been reading Ron’s work for years.  So many of the writers who attend our workshops have families and full-time careers, and they are struggling to find the time to pursue their writing in a serious way. One of the key things I think so many of our reading and workshop attendees will appreciate, alongside Ron’s well-crafted poems, is the way Ron has built a substantial body of quality work while working full-time as a public school teacher.”

These events are free and open to the public. Advanced registration is encouraged but not required.
For more information, contact Darnell Arnoult at darnell.arnoult@lmunet.edu or call 423-869-7074.
The Appalachian Reading Series and associated workshops are sponsored, in part, by South Arts
with funding from the Nation Endowment for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
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