University of Kentucky. Appalachian Center. East Kentucky Grassroots Poetry Project records

Abstract

The East Kentucky Grassroots Poetry Project collection (dated 1981-1984, undated; 0.35 cubic feet; 1 box) primarily comprises correspondence and grant proposal materials that document the Appalachian Center’s project to bring Appalachian poetry to Kentucky public school children in five Kentucky counties: Oswley, Harlan, Clay, Laurel, and Leslie.

Descriptive Summary

Title
University of Kentucky. Appalachian Center. East Kentucky Grassroots Poetry Project records
Creator
Lyon, George Ella
Extent
0.35 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Public schools--Kentucky
Poetry--Study and teaching--Kentucky
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Wade
Preferred Citation
1987ua020 : [identification of item], East Kentucky Grassroots Poetry Project records, 1981-1984, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Organized by the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center and funded with a grant by the Kentucky Humanities Council, the East Kentucky Grassroots Poetry Project began in the fall of 1982 with poet and teacher George Ella Lyon as project coordinator and Appalachian Center director John B. Stephenson as project director. The project consisted of three phases. In the first phase, public junior and high school teachers participated in a series of poetry workshops led by Lyon. In the second phase, Lyon and fellow Appalachian poets Lee Howard and Jo Carson read poems in the classrooms of affiliated institutions, engaging directly with project participants. The project culminated with a panel at UK’s 1983 Women Writers Conference, with special guest poets Betsy Sholl, Maggie Anderson, and Jane Wilson Joyce joining Lyon, Howard, and Carson in a discussion on the role and issues of poets in schools.
Scope and Content
The East Kentucky Grassroots Poetry Project collection (dated 1981-1984, undated; 0.35 cubic feet; 1 box) primarily comprises correspondence and grant proposal materials that document the Appalachian Center’s project to bring Appalachian poetry to Kentucky public school children in five Kentucky counties: Oswley, Harlan, Clay, Laurel, and Leslie. The correspondence is predominantly to and from project coordinator George Ella Lyon; grant proposal materials relate to the Kentucky Humanities Council’s sponsorship of the program. The collection also includes poetry workshop materials for public school teachers, University of Kentucky press releases, Appalachian Center administrative records, and newspaper clippings.

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Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

East Kentucky Grassroots Poetry Project records, 1981-1984, undated

  • Box 1
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