"Where I'm From" Poetry Project

February 22, 2016

The Library will be Boyle County's collection site for the Kentucky Art's Council "Where I'm From" project. 

George Ella Lyon, Kentucky poet laureate for 2015-16, is using her award-winning and internationally acclaimed poem "Where I’m From" as the central theme of a project that will touch all 120 of Kentucky’s counties. The idea came about as Lyon was mapping out her mission as poet laureate for the next two years.

"When I tried to think what I might contribute as poet laureate that goes beyond visiting schools, I thought of my poem 'Where I'm From,' which has been used so widely as a writing model," Lyon said. "I’ve gotten poems from all over the world and I thought 'wouldn't it be fascinating to have a poem from every county in Kentucky.'"

Submission Information: 

The Boyle County Public Library, the "Where I’m From" organizer for Boyle County, is collecting poem submissions to be included on the Kentucky Arts Council’s "Where I'm From" Web page. Poems may be submitted as Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF documents, YouTube videos or SoundCloud audio files. Submissions can be emailed to library@boylepublib.org or dropped off at the Library by March 7, 2016. Submission information should include the author's name, community or town, and county. Writers should also indicate whether they would like their poem to be considered for inclusion in Boyle County's Kentucky Writer's Day festival to be held April 23. Organizers of the Festival will contact those who have indicated an interest.

Ideas for presentations as well as information on how to submit pieces are included on the "Where I’m From" Web page, which includes a link to Lyon’s poem "Where I'm From" for reference. These resources will also be available at the Library.

Presentations may include readings, video, audio and musical representations of individual poems. The arts council will include a listing of county presentations on its website.

Lyon hopes the project sparks creativity among all Kentuckians.

"There are multigenerational possibilities. There wouldn’t just be poetry from high school or college students, but people in senior centers, nursing homes, other adults, a multitude of voices," Lyon said. "It gives the opportunity for a community to have celebration of poetry, and gives an opportunity for all those voices to express themselves about their places and people."

The deadline for submitting "Where I'm From" poems to the Library is March 7, 2016.

For more information on the "Where I'm From" project, contact the Library at library@boylepublib.org or call 859-238-7323.

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