© 2022 West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Telling West Virginia's Story
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

The Poetry Break: George Ella Lyon

Ann W. Olson
George Ella Lyon

Host Marc Harshman calls her, “the most ‘can-do-anything’ poet in America.” George Ella Lyon is a novelist, essayist, teacher, activist, musician, lyricist, children’s author, playwright, and poet. She was named poet laureate of Kentucky in 2015.

"This is the room that made us who we were:/ book lovers, scholars, people of the word,/ who found a safe place between hard covers." -George Ella Lyon

Lyon says she has always loved songs, poems, and stories. “Since I was a shy kid,” Lyon wrote, “it was natural for me to use writing to express feelings and thoughts I couldn't just say. Gradually I discovered that not only did writing help me express myself, it could be exciting, joyful, and comforting in itself. I realized I loved making things out of words. That's why I became a writer.”

Found here:

  • On Those Shelves
  • It Got Us This Time
  • Interior Design

This selection was pulled from Lyon’s most recent publications Many Storied House, used with permission by George Ella Lyon and the University Press of Kentucky.

WVPB is local news, education, music, and entertainment for West Virginia.
Your donation today will help keep us strong and vital.