Beshear names Harlan native George Ella Lyon as next poet laureate for Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Kentucky — George Ella Lyon will be inducted as Kentucky's poet laureate for 2015-16 during a ceremony next month in Frankfort.

Lyon lives in Lexington and is a Harlan native. She succeeds Frank X Walker, who was appointed in 2013.

Gov. Steve Beshear, whose appointment of Lyon was announced Friday, said in a news release from the Kentucky Arts Council that her work is a "portrait of Kentucky heritage and tradition."

Lyon said she hopes people who don't understand poetry will come to hear it in their own voices.

Lyon has written more than 40 books, including the poetry collections "Mountain," which won the Lamont Hall Award in 1983, and "Catalpa," which was named Appalachian Book of the Year in 1993.

The induction ceremony will be April 24 in the Capitol Rotunda.

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