LexPoMo Participants

Total poets:
283
A. Mills
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A. Mills is a native of Kentucky
Reason for signing up:
Peer pressure
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Axel is an creative writing major based in Omaha, NE. Identifying as a queer trans man. A minority in all senses. Whom hopes to bring a different and emotional voice to the community. Based on mental health and his personal experiences.
Reason for signing up:
I’ve always been too scared to put myself out there. Now it’s time to get serious about myself and where I hope to be. I also have a wonderful friend whom encouraged me too.
a.k.a.
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a.k.a. spends most of her time writing, and the rest with her chickens and dogs.
Reason for signing up:
It’s June again :)
Kerfoot
Aaron Reding
Reason for signing up:
I find it easier to write when surrounded by others doing the same thing.
Abby Kane
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Abby is a student, entering her senior year of high school. She has been writing nearly all her life and hopes to publish a novel in the future.
Reason for signing up:
One of the hardest things for me as a writer is actually sitting down and making myself write, so I am hoping this will help me improve my habits.
Abigail J. Miller
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Abigail J. Miller is a visual artist, writer, and teacher from Lexington, KY. In her free time she makes up song parodies about her dog, cat, rabbit, and turtle.
Reason for signing up:
The community!
Abra McCurry
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Abra is a writer at SCAPA Bluegrass and plays the Trumpet. She has many pets such as her four dogs Ivy, Wicket, Merry, and Pippin who she loves dearly.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because my dad forced me to and I like writing poetry.
Arwen
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She writes about the stories she feels
Allen Blair
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Allen Blair's a writer, poet, journalist, and dad from eastern Kentucky. His family make their home in Mt. Sterling, where they support the arts and struggle to make the world a better place. Follow him @TheTinpoet.
Reason for signing up:
Joined LexPoMo to find my voice and learn from the voices of others.
Alvera Lisabeth
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Alvera is a mother and a teacher who treasures stolen moments to engage in pert near any form of creativity, shared stories, or reflection. She calls Berea, Kentucky home.
Reason for signing up:
I thoroughly enjoyed participating last year and look forward to being part of this community again.
Alissa Sammarco
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Alyse Sammarco writes poetry, short stories and plays. Her writing tells stories in a uniquely introspective way, touching the reader with the emotion of a moment captured on the page. She is strongly influenced by the forests and streams of the Ohio River Valley were she grew up. She studied at the University of Rochester in New York, and at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio where she earned a JD. "Lawyers are wordsmiths, crafting stories through images and recording what would otherwise be forgotten." She has 3 sons and practices law in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Reason for signing up:
Sing baby sing! Even if it’s off key. Painting by Ricci Michaels.
Amanda Holt
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Amanda Holt is a high school English teacher whose poetry is influenced by her experiences in the woods, the garden, the classroom, and the depths of emotions she can't otherwise express. Poetry has been her healing and her teacher for many years, and she is grateful for the Lexington literary community for inspiring her practice each year.
Reason for signing up:
I love the Lexington poetry community, and I love to see its growth each LexPoMo.
Renmeleon
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Under the name Renmeleon, illustrator, author, and designer Ana Maria Selvaggio has been a working creative for 35 years. Living a very eclectic, digitally-analog life, Selvaggio has a passion for writing and has worked in and around the publishing industry since the mid 90s as a book designer and editor.
Selvaggio founded and ran global art collaboratives as well as several creative writing groups out of her home for more than 20 years. Selvaggio teaches K-12 and adult workshops online. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Kraft Paper Muse magazine.
Selvaggio lives with her husband and daughter in Berea, KY. All three are writers.
Reason for signing up:
My earliest writings were poetry so it has been nice to get back to it.
Amy Cunningham
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Love is like a shirt. It can be well-chosen, discovered on a whim, well-made, churned out cheaply, luxurious, thin, tailored, ill-fitting, personalized or nondescript and it comes in many colors.
Reason for signing up:
sorting some shirts
Amy Figgs
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Amy is a housing advocate for homless youth by day and a poet in her free time. She turned to poetry during tragedy in her life and used it as a way to express and expel her emotions.
She is in the process of publishing her first chapbook, Sum Of My Parts and is learning to write poetry through the good times now.
Reason for signing up:
To challenge myself and keep writing!
Amy Le Ann Richardson
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Amy is a writer, visual artist, and farmer in Carter County. She has her MFA from Spalding University.
Reason for signing up:
Motivation and accountability to keep writing and creating.
Andrea Lawler
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Andrea is a teacher by day & event stylist by night and a mother & wife always. If she had free time, she definitely would spend a large part of it writing and creating. This is why she loves June so much!
Reason for signing up:
Creative therapy.
Angela Bari
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Angela puts on paper what her introverted self cannot say out loud.
She constantly tries to find a balance between having roots and wings.
Reason for signing up:
Being brave enough to show my work.
Angela Rowe
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Angela Rowe is originally from Middlesboro, KY, but considers herself a West Liberty, KY native since she spent the majority of her childhood and teen years there. She and her children moved to Morehead, KY where she attended Morehead State University, graduating in December of 2006 with a Bachelor of Art in Elementary Education and in December of 2020 with a Master of Art in Education Teacher Leader- Counseling. She has three wonderful children: Tyler, 22, Taylia, 18, and Tanner, 12.
Angela has experience in the public school system as both a full-time and substitute teacher. She currently is positioned as the Educational Program Coordinator/Manager with the secondary teacher preparation program, MSUTeach, at Morehead State University. She has been employed at the university since 2013.
In her free time, Angela enjoys spending time exploring the world with her children, advocating for matters dear to her heart, and being involved in her community.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because the writing group that I am in suggested that this was a good event to participate in.
A. J. Knight
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My writing career started in 1st grade with a series of books about a purple wish-granting hippo who appeared in a little girl's bedroom. I have written for NaNoWriMo since 2004 and self-published a few of these books.
Reason for signing up:
A National Writing Project colleague recommended this.
Anjali Nelson
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Anjali Bhapkar Nelson grew up in Lexington, and was honored to study poetry at the University of Kentucky with Nikki Finney and Jim Hall.. She currently lives and writes in Cincinnati, Ohio with her spouse, and large family (human and feline).
Reason for signing up:
Because poetscannot live and thrive without a creative community.
Annie Griggs
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Annie is a born and bred Lexingtonian with a deep love for nature. She is an ecologist and bird lover who has studied sparrows, hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies and trained raptors across the midwest.
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Ashley Taylor
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Ashley is a teacher, reader, napper, writer, and wannabe guitar-player from Eastern Kentucky.
Reason for signing up:
Ashley is lazy and needs external motivation. Also, fueled by feedback.
atmospherique
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ugh.
Reason for signing up:
much needed motivation to engage with my own art
Austen
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Austen is a teacher, poet, and word enthusiast.
Reason for signing up:
I love reading everyone’s uploaded poems and I need accountability.
Austin Rathbone
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Austin is a NC native who has lived in KY for over a decade. He doesn't necessarily love to write, but he still kind of does at the same time. You probably know he means. He thinks writing in the third person is kinda funny.
Reason for signing up:
To complete his goal of writing one more than last year.
B
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B loves God, people, and adventure.
Reason for signing up:
To work through grief, magnify joy, and reach for hope.
B. Sweet
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Currently wrapped up in novel writing, Beatrice's first love is poetry. She's a wandering Kentuckian, having also lived in California, Oklahoma, and now in Missouri. At 42, the age of the life, the universe, and everything, she believes that you get better as you age. She loves traveling, learning new languages, the vagaries of the English language, teaching, hearing people's stories, reading, and having new experiences.
Reason for signing up:
I think I've missed only one year writing with the LexPo community so far. I look forward to it every year. I have a writing community that I connect with in my area, but they don't feel like home the way the Lexington Poets do. I always feel like a part of something when I participate in Lexington Poetry Month, and it's an integral part of my writing practice at this point in my life.
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Bernard Deville
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Bernie Deville : A Poet, Reader, Teacher, and cranky old dude. MFA from EKU, longtime Lexpomo veteran.
Reason for signing up:
Lexpomo provides a great opportunity to refocus on my writing at the end of each school year.
Bethany Robinson
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Beth is a writer of short stories and poems, lover of nature and animals, enjoyer of reading, walks, and yoga.
Reason for signing up:
I have signed up because my poetry is stronger.
Beverley Byers-Pevitts
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Beverley Byers-Pevitts is a retired University President and has been writing poetry since she was in elementary school. Also, she is a professionally produced and published playwright and autor of articles in scholarly books and journals.
Reason for signing up:
Because this will encourage me to write more poetry and to edit and rewrite past work. I look forward to feedback from fellow participating poets.
Bianca Bargo
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Bianca Bargo is an Appalachian woman who writes poetry when she is not counseling elementary students.
Reason for signing up:
To stay motivated and be a role model for young developing poets!
Bill Verble
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Bill walks well-traveled paths in Lexington looking for tiny revelations.
Reason for signing up:
Because this is a poetry potluck and I want to sample your slant rhyme casserole.
Regan Strehl
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Blaze is a casual writer and college student who loves to think deeply in the months where the air is heaviest.
Reason for signing up:
Participating has become partly tradition and partly a way to connect with the community on an unconventional level.
Patrick Maloney
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Patrick has been focusing on music the past few years but wants to write more non-rhyming poems like he used to . He also enjoys the camaraderie of lexpomo.
Reason for signing up:
To write more
Bonita Skaggs-Parsons
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I'm a buckabilly artist/poet who lives to sling paint and words.Born in Ohio to Eastern Kentuckyparents who got married and crossed the bridge to Ohio all in the same Day in search of employment.We came home to the hills and hollars of Kentucky my definition of vacation was Mamaws and Papaws house on the end of a dirt road in Elliott County . Then I finally moved back here at twelve and embrace the BlackBerry briar lined country roads till this day.
Reason for signing up:
Thought I'd give it a try.
Bonnie Proudfoot
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Bonnie Proudfoot lives on a country road outside of Athens, Ohio. She received an MA in English from West Virginia University, and an MA in Creative Writing from Hollins University. She is a recipient of a Fellowship for the Arts in Creative Writing from the West Virginia Department of Culture and History, and has had fiction and poetry published in the Gettysburg Review, Kestrel, Quarter After Eight, Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, Northern Appalachia Review, and other journals. Her short story “Old Spirits” placed first in the 2020 Sand Hills Journal Short fiction competition. Goshen Road, her first novel, was published by Swallow Press in January of 2020, and it was selected by the Women’s National Book Association as one of their Great Group Reads for 2020. The novel was also longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Hemingway award.
Reason for signing up:
I've never attempted this kind of daily poem challenge, but I am eager to see where it leads me. Also I enjoy reading the work of other poets.
Brigit Truex
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Brigit's ancestry of French Canadian/Abenaki/Cree/
Irish influence her writings as much as the natural world. Widely published, her latest collection, Sierra Silk, is available on Amazon.
Reason for signing up:
The discipline of a "due date" is very helpful, especially during this continuing time of "hermitage," where poetry is our life-line!
Bronson O'Quinn
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Bronson writes humor, genre-blending fiction, and angry letters to the editor. He loves playing LEGOs with his kiddo and Animal Crossing with his wife.
Reason for signing up:
This is just what you do every June.
CMarie
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C. Marie has recently completed her Masters in Library Science. When she isn't at the library, you can find her reading, writing, and playing games!
Reason for signing up:
I want to be a part of a writing group.
C. Taylor
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Creed is a writing major at SCAPA and has been for 6 years.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up by recommendation from my teacher and I hope to stick with something for a whole month.
Callie Budrick
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Writer, server, bar wench.
Reason for signing up:
I have a reason to write again.
Carole Johnston
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Carole Johnston has published three books of poetry, Journeys:Getting Lost (Finishing Line Press,) Manic Dawn (wildflower Poetry Press,) Purple Ink(Finishing Line Press.)
She created the creative writing program, now literary arts, at SCAPA at Lafayette and taught in that program for eighteen years. Currently, she adores teaching poetry to kids at the Carnegie Center.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because it has become a tradition and it’s fun.
Carrie Carlson
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Carrie has been writing for enjoyment and expression, since she could string together sentences.
She is a Catholic, a life-long Kentuckian, a wife to an "enginerd," and a mother to three beautiful girls.
Reason for signing up:
At last, her little "vessel for verse" is ready to be set "out to sea." She has realized the words are not meant to be locked away, so she is setting them free.
carrotman
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leahna is finally becoming the person they’re comfortable being.
Reason for signing up:
i <3 writing
Cathy Perkins
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Catherine Perkins is semi-retired from the Thoroughbred racing industry, because she's broken and tired. She's been writing poetry for the better part of 50 years. Catherine seems to have issues with submitting, therefore she is lightly published. She has 10 published poems, by Accents and Workhorse Press, in LexPoMo anthologies, in Accents Literary Review, Journal 1 and 3, as well as one poem in Circe's Lament. She has 1 poem in Act of Power Press' Reliquary. Catherine enjoys writing humor poetry, likes to listen to and perform spoken word poetry as well as being a standup comedian.
Reason for signing up:
LexPoMo is my community. As long as I am able, I will continue to be a part of it!
Cathy Cultice Lentes
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Cathy is a poet, essayist, and children's writer living in southeast Ohio with loving ties to Kentucky.
Reason for signing up:
Pauletta Hansel invited me to! Also, I need some small daily reminder that I am a writer this June as I work to settle my father in Assisted Living and clear out my childhood home.
Chaiya Miller
Chance Gardener
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Chance abides and toils near the Ohio on the east edge of Cincinnati. He's been spending his 77th year moving tons of dirt and heavy stone to rebuild his large, eccentric garden, taking notes.
Reason for signing up:
I received a link from Pauletta Hansel and saw it as an opportunity to force feed poetry to my starving soul.
Chayton Ragsdale
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Chayton is a free spirit working hard to create a better life for himself and those around him. a mission such as that can be stressful and confusing at times, so he turns to poetry to help clear his mind and gather his thoughts
Reason for signing up:
I had a lot of fun writing poems last year and wanted to do so again! it also incentivizes me to practice my writing
Chelsea Jordan
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former hairdresser, fat positive activist, philosophy nerd, bleeding heart liberal social worker.
Reason for signing up:
i want to become a better writer!
Christina Joy
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Christina is a tree-hugging, dirt-worshiping, take-no-$**t hippie; really from Woodstock, NY but has lived in KY almost as long now as there. She reads Runes, blends herbal teas, and posts poems on her FB page occasionally (aka 'shouts into the void').
Reason for signing up:
Third time's the charm, or so they say?
Christopher McCurry
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Christopher McCurry teaches high school English and runs the Poetry Gauntlet. He believes everyone can write poems and everyone should.
Reason for signing up:
The best poems are written by the best poets during LexPoMo.
cl kirby
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cl kirby is a school social worker. She lives in Cincinnati, OH.
Reason for signing up:
It's a tradition.
Colette Crown
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Coco is the pseudonym for a writer “of a certain age”. Her participation in LexPoMo is thanks to being an empty-nester.
Reason for signing up:
I enjoy the challenge.
Cody Evans
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Cody is a middle-school teacher and action figure collector. He also writes poems from time-to-time. He lives in Bracken County with is wonderful wife, Morgan, and their fantastic dog.
Reason for signing up:
To spark creativity. I would like to use this project as a jumping-off point for a new self-published chapbook of poetry. It should keep me busy this summer.
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Deanna Mascle
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Deanna is a writer and a teacher of writers and a teacher of writing teachers. She teaches at Morehead State University and directs the Morehead Writing Project.
Reason for signing up:
Still need to work on my poetry chops and the ability to say "I am a poet" with giggling.
Ladetra Morgan
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Mountain Mama, English teacher, homesick all the time for a place I'm not sure is there.
Reason for signing up:
At this point I am writing for my emotional and mental health.
Debbie Adams Cooper
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Debbie Adams Cooper is a native Appalachian. She lives, reads and writes amid the blue grasses of central Kentucky.
Reason for signing up:
Because it is June!!!
Debra Glenn
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Debra Glenn wrote what she referred to as “other writing” for years, before finally admitting it actually is poetry. Debra enjoys the challenge of reading at an occasional open mic night and her paying gig, working with middle school students.
Reason for signing up:
I like the challenge of writing 30 poems.
Delmar Reffett
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Delmar Reffett is a writer interested in dreams, deja vu, nostalgia and premonitions. He lives in Lexington and currently teaches at Kentucky State in Frankfort.
Reason for signing up:
I think it will be helpful to get back to writing poetry again
Dennis Preston
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Dennis J. Preston lives in Owensboro, Kentucky. He taught elementary school language arts for twenty-five years, but now enjoys being semi-retired. He is a minister, and enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with his family. He has published seven books of poetry including Unhurried Inervals.
Reason for signing up:
I've been a part of LexPoMo for a number of years now. I work better with challenges, and this opportunity pushes me forward toward being a better writer.
Devyn Fleming
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Devyn Fleming is a poet fresh out of high school. She has a passion for stories and unique vocabulary.
Dick Westheimer
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For over 40 years, Dick Westheimer has - in the company of his wife Debbie - lived, gardened and raised five children, on their plot of land in Clermont County, Ohio. He recently has taken up with poets and the writing of poetry to make sense of the world. His poems have appeared in Rattle, Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, Riparian Anthology, and The New Verse News, among others.
Reason for signing up:
My friend Pauletta Hansel asked her poetry friends to be part of this. How could I refuse such a request?
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Donna Ison
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Donna Ison is a published author and poet with two novels under her garter belt and a third due to be finished three years ago. She is also winning slam poet and occasional actress. As her day job, she serves as associate editor at CovalentCreative.
Reason for signing up:
FOMO.
Douglas Self
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Poet. I’m a poet who lives in Lexington. Children. I have children. Issues. I also have issues. Because I have children.
Reason for signing up:
Poetry motherf@!@!&!
Poetry.
dustin cecil
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dustin lives in Olive Hill, KY mr.dustincecil@gmail.com
Reason for signing up:
to push more work through the revision phase..
to share, and have a look around.
Noel Cagney
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Dylan Coleman-Blount is a filmmaker, comic book illustrator, and inspiring poet.
Reason for signing up:
"Every poem is a love poem."~R.C.
Echo Joy
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Echo is a young hopeful at writing. Their writing style is an amalgamation of any writer they have ever found cool. Currently they attend a small art college in Cincinnati, and hope to graduate with a major in Photography.
Elaine
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Elaine Olund is a writer, designer, artist and yoga teacher living in Cincinnati, Ohio. She loves to hike in Red River Gorge.
Reason for signing up:
I heard about this from Pauletta Hansel and loved the idea of some writing motivation, as life is feeling busy right now.
Elizabeth
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Elizabeth is largely a visual artist, but enjoys playing with words as well.
Reason for signing up:
My friend asked me to!
Elizabeth Beck
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Elizabeth is a writer, artist, and teacher who lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
Reason for signing up:
I look forward to writing with my local community every year. It inspires me and I enjoy everyone's words. Hello, Lexington! Let's get our write on!
elizza ssullivann
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just a high school student who is currently too tired to think of things to put in their bio
Reason for signing up:
I'm looking for a way to motivate myself to write during the summer.
Emily Nugent
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Emily hasn’t written a poem since middle school and aspires to write one damn poem this year.
AnEnbyWriter
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Cadence is a queer, trans, 14-year old who uses they/them pronouns. They read and write a lot and cuddle their 2-year-old corgi mix, Rylie.
Reason for signing up:
My mom suggested it to me because I write poetry a lot.
Eric Scott Sutherland
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Eric is an arborist and poet living in Lexington, KY. His latest book of poems is Earth Is My Church.
Reason for signing up:
I desperately need the motivation to write!
Eric W. Willis
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Eric is a student of the Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA program at Eastern Kentucky University. He is a writer, artist, pharmacist, and avid amateur pickle ball player. He lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky with one dog, one cat, one fish, and one amazing fellow human being.
Reason for signing up:
I heard about this program during the 2020 EKU MFA summer residency and immediately wanted to be a part of this great opportunity.
Erica Manto Paulson
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Erica Manto Paulson’s poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Thimble Literary Magazine, Sheila-Na-Gig, the Northern Appalachia Review and elsewhere, and her work has also been featured on NPR's "Conrad’s Corner" (WYSO).
Her chapbook, "Hunger," is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in the fall of 2021.
Reason for signing up:
I have heard about LexPoMo from writing friends, but never signed up to participate until now. I was inspired to join the poetry challenge by my friend and mentor, Pauletta Hansel, and I can't wait to get started!
Erin Mathews
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Erin Mathews is a Kentucky native and Cincinnati transplant. A surefire storyteller, poet, and librarian in-progress, she writes for herself, family and friends.
Reason for signing up:
I think my Junes would feel empty without it.
Elizabeth Thiery
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Erin is a dayshift paperwork-shuffler with wild dreams of being an okay-ish writer.
Reason for signing up:
Last year was fun, ready for round 2!
Evelyn Weaver
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Evelyn Weaver is a high school student from Lexington whose work has previously appeared in The Louisville Review and Élan Literature Magazine. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys playing alto saxophone in a local youth jazz band.
Reason for signing up:
I have a lot of friends who are doing it, and I think it will be a good opportunity to improve my poetry since it's one of my weaker areas.
Faith De Young
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Faith, a wanderer, a beacon of light. A rushing river, a lazy tongue. Someone that curves and blares like the sun. Believe in her like she has already won.
Reason for signing up:
Because I have something to say, my chest is heavy from holding all of my thoughts at bay.
Frankie Mellor
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Woody Mellor is a young writer, and is currently a part of SCAPA literary arts at Lafayette High School. She wishes to become a screenplay writer one day.
Reason for signing up:
I need to keep myself motivated!
Gaby Bedetti
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During Lexington Poetry Month, Gaby Bedetti likes to wake up with the robins to read and write poems.
Reason for signing up:
I love waking up to a day of new LexPoMo poems but turn restless until I can worry out a poem of my own.
Geri
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A writer once, perhaps again.
Gerry Grubbs
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Gerry lives in Cincinnati where he works as a lawyer and writes poetry. His most recent book is Chrysanthemum Moon from Dos Madres Press.
Reason for signing up:
received notice from Pauletta Hansel
Gwyneth Stewart
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Gwyneth is a retired lawyer and practicing poet who loves cooking, walking, and being out in nature.
Reason for signing up:
Heard about this through friends on Facebook, and decided to take on the challenge.
Ginna Wilkerson
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Ginna Wilkerson has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Aberdeen. She has published two poetry collections and a YA novel.
Reason for signing up:
Poetry is my happy place!
Goldie
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Born among the frond-threshed, stucco-studded marshlands of Broward County Florida, Goldie was re-potted among the goldenrod and indigoed grasses of Kentucky in August of 2006. It spends its time consuming astringent seas of unsweetened and buttery coffee, and discerning coyly querulous eels from snickering rills and scrolls of uncurling cigarettes’ sulfurous and smoldering smirks. For a time, he wished to be Randy Newman’s tarred and ivoried shadow, though some years later, a coppery flue exposed from the shoal-scrubbed throat of Dylan Thomas. Now, more often than not, he simply wishes to be himself.
Reason for signing up:
To share, and, more rather, see what I’ve really to share with anyone willing to hear me out.
Grace
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Grace Curtis’ book, The Shape of a Box, was published in 2014 by Dos Madres Press. Her chapbook, The Surly Bonds of Earth, was selected by Stephen Dunn as the 2010 winner of the Lettre Sauvage chapbook contest and she has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Her prose and poetry can be found in such journals as Sou’wester, The Baltimore Review, Waccamaw Literary Journal, and others.
Reason for signing up:
To join with a community of poets to generate new material.
Greg Friedman
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Greg Friedman is a Franciscan priest, writer, editor and media producer living in New Mexico.
Reason for signing up:
Heard about it from Pauletta Hansel!
H. Nolan
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Born and raised in Lexington, Hannah is an advocate who works with survivors of domestic violence. In seeking a way to honor resiliency she witnesses, in survivors, colleagues, and herself, she has turned to poetry.
Reason for signing up:
I miss writing. I miss sharing with other writers. I am seeking connection among kindred spirits.
H.A.
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H.A. is a teacher by day and a rock star until around 8:30 PM. She seeks truth, equity, and peace.
Reason for signing up:
LexPoMo poets inspire me.
Haley Biddle
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Haley is a creative with expertise in media and marketing. Most of all, she is a dreamer, a humble dreamer with a lust for the present. Without an ethereal mix of soul, r&b, and alternative music, her head would be uninspired. Haley has been pen pals with Juliet in Verona, written love notes in Lexington, and buried letters in Nicholasville. For it is the ceremony of pen and paper that sends her into a honeymooned bliss.
Reason for signing up:
I believe a lot of people like to hide behind their writing. Sometimes so much so that the fire meets it first. Sometimes I see that fire dance on my walls in the candlelight. Where fragrance meets fear, cement meets roadblock, and heat meets headache. This act of choosing is a waterfall. I have a voice, and I want to be heard.
Hannah Bertram
HAROLD SHERMAN
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Harold Sherman is a Donovan Scholar, majoring in English
with a concentration in Creative Writing. He received his MM
in Composition from the UK School of Music in 1999. Born
and raised in Lexington, KY, he played on the road and lived in
New York City before returning to Lexington in 1983.
Reason for signing up:
I heard about it at Carnegie Center's Writing Practice.
Hat
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HAT is a writer by accident artist by choice
Reason for signing up:
GENERATION
Haven
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Haven is a crone poet. She lives with her son and family. COVID was so strange perhaps art saved her.
Reason for signing up:
To write to connect to celebrate to cry.
HB Elam
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HB Elam is a loose association of experiences ordered through time that constitutes a person. Terms and conditions may apply. The State of California indicates this product may cause ennui, disassociation, or other sundry maladies. Safety not guaranteed.
Reason for signing up:
West birds, west border. Or, to lance the boil that is my psyche.
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Helen Feibes
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Helen Feibes is a current poet and future neuroscientist dividing her time between her home in Lexington and a dorm room in Massachusetts.
hunter e. westenhofer
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(he/they) hunter e. westenhofer is a poet & writer who lives in central Kentucky, existing for the love of words & the spread of hope.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up in 2019 & since then, this has been one of my favorite times of the year.
Irisinthebluegrass
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Iris is a poet located in the bluegrass of KY. She loves all things Nature despite the occasional catastrophic allergy attack. She likes to write poems and connect to images she has taken. You can find her on Instagram as irisinthebluegrass
Reason for signing up:
Connect with other writers and learn a bit about publishing
Josie Angel
Bio:
J. F. Angel is transgender/bi-gender and bisexual. Much of her writing deals with LGBTQ+ themes and characters. She is a huge movie fan and has a certificate in screenwriting from New York Film Academy.
Reason for signing up:
This is always a fun time and motivates me to write more.
j. hope
J.A. Gross
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J.A. Gross is a teacher, born and raised in Lexington. His interests are varied, skills are limited, but efforts are maximized.
Reason for signing up:
The best kind of peer pressure, that of friends and colleagues.
j.l taylor
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Jessica Taylor is an arts administrator by day and a struggling poet by night.
Reason for signing up:
Being in the Poetry Gauntlet this year, I have to write 100 poems...and I am behind on my homework!!
Jamie Mann
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Jamie Mann is a Junction City, KY girl who has degrees in English and Philosophy from Berea College, but somehow finds herself spending her days as an IT and Interactive Media director for a medical company. She doesn't know how this happened either. For as long as she can remember she has loved two things - getting lost and words.
Reason for signing up:
I love all words and I want to read yours.
Jamin Waite
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Jamin is a recent graduate of Wittenberg University with degrees in English and Spanish. After writing her senior thesis, she is eager to reconvene with poetry over prose.
Reason for signing up:
Words aren't sick of me yet.
jane
Janelle M.
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Originally from the Chicagoland area, Janelle has lived in central Kentucky for over fifteen years. She enjoys time with family, homeschooling, woodworking, and much more.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up to support my brother and practice my written expression.
Jasmine
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Jasmine is a lover of all things music and language. She teaches English as a Second Language by day and studies foreign languages by night. During the pandemic, she discovered Lexington Poetry Month and took her first two poetry classes.
Reason for signing up:
To enjoy again the unique sense of community in writing that I experienced here last year. And to challenge myself to write more.
J McCoy
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an Appalachian artist at play with words, and phrases, and clauses...and seeing what, if any, visual clarity he may collage or crazy quilt from the chaos of images that surround us
Reason for signing up:
Like my car needs a regular maintenance or my computer needs updates, my poetry soul needs this annual cleansing and rejuvenation of LexPoMo.
Jay St. Orts
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Jay St. Orts is based on a true story.
Reason for signing up:
Time to climb back out of the ditch and get on the road.
Jennifer Barricklow
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Jennifer Barricklow is a writer and freelance editor in Lexington KY. In addition to writing poetry, she studies tarot, putters in the garden, and makes stuff out of yarn. She participates in the literary ecosystem, locally and globally, as much as possible.
Reason for signing up:
I love reading and writing poetry, and I love Lexington poets.
Jennifer Beckett
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Jennifer Beckett is a teacher and writer. She graduated with a B.A. from Georgetown College and an M.A. from the University of Kentucky. She enjoys spending time with family.
Reason for signing up:
I am signing up because this is one of my favorite communities.
Jennifer Burchett
Jerielle Hanlon
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When Jerielle is most joyful, enraptured, thoughtful or receptive, things seem to emerge from a plane of infinite outer and inner depths, flowing through her as water through a sieve. She is only happy to be there when it does, and tries her best to collect and catalog the leftover detritus.
Reason for signing up:
Because there wasn’t a man there to tell me not to.
Jessica Swafford
Jim Lally
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Jim Lally is a member of Old Washington Wordsmiths, a writers group in Maysville
Reason for signing up:
To write as many poems as I can during the Jumping month of June
JK Elias
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JK Elias lives in Kentucky.
LeTonia
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LeTonia Jones is a witness. Her job is to see, name, hold and say. Her first full length poetry collection, Black Girl at the Intersection is forthcoming from Accents Publishing.
Reason for signing up:
To keep birthing poems.
Jordan Quinn
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Jordan is a working poet residing in scenic Bourbon County, Kentucky, where she was raised. Her passions include mental health awareness, literature, poetry and promotion of the arts, Spanish language and Latino culture, and supporting Lexington Poetry Month.
Reason for signing up:
It's been such a tough past year and a half. We've managed to survive 2020 and come out on the other side of a global crisis. Here's to healing, new poems and hope for the future.
Joseph Nichols
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Originally from Frankfort, KY, Joseph Allen Nichols lives in Lexington with his two sons, a submissive yorkie, a veritable grey panther, and a tiny, ragdoll kitten. His poetry and short stories attempt to find the intersection between magick, science, and human connection. His work has been published and staged both locally and in L.A, and his first chapbook, “The Two Body Problem,” was published by Workhorse Writers last year.
Reason for signing up:
This is truly my favorite group of people. What started as “something fun to do” has become a ritual and a gateway to the “good stuff.” Wouldn’t miss it!
Josey Bryant
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Josey Bryant is a student at the University of Kentucky. He has been writing for most of his life, and uses poetry to understand himself and the world around him.
Judith Ramsey Southard
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Judy is a grannie, a good friend, a world traveler, a bird lover, and a poet wannabe,
Reason for signing up:
I want to feel it is my responsibility to write a poem every day.
K. Bruce Florence
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Bruce is a retired college administrator and teacher.
Grew up in Appalachia, lives now in Bluegrass country.
Reason for signing up:
Love being a part of the writing community. Keeps me on my toes.
K Ka`imilani
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Ka'imilani is a teacher and a writer. BA University of Hawai'i and Masters in Creative writing from Eastern Kentucky University. Presently she lives in North Kohala, on the Big Island of Hawai'i, but hopes to move to Volcano soon where she has a small piece of land, will be closer to children and grandchildren.
Reason for signing up:
Because I miss the great community of Kentucky poets!
K. Nicole Wilson
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K. Nicole writes love poems and paints strange things and couldn’t quit if she tried.
Reason for signing up:
gotta be part of the lexpomo phenomenon.
K. Rose Frost
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K. Rose Frost has written poetry and short stories as a hobby since she was a teenager. Just more than twenty years later, life's experiences have slowly incorporated into her writing. These examples reflect how's she has grown over the years, creating a dynamic collection of both private and published works.
Reason for signing up:
I want to share my work with others!
Karen George
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Karen George, a native Kentuckian, has published five chapbooks and two poetry collections from Dos Madres Press: Swim Your Way Back (2014), and A Map and One Year (2018). She enjoys photography and visiting art museums, cemeteries, gardens, the woods, mountains, and historic river towns—particularly any place near a body of water.
Reason for signing up:
Because I’ve been writing a poem-a-day in June with other LEXPOMO poets since the beginning. I've always found it inspiring. Having a daily deadline is a good thing for me. I work well under pressure.
Kari Gunter-Seymour
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Kari Gunter-Seymour’s poetry collections include A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions 2020) winner of the 2020 Ohio Poet of the Year Award; and Serving (Crisis Chronicles Press 2018/2020) runner up, Yellow Chair Review Chapbook Contest. Her work was selected by former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey to be included in the PBS American Portrait crowdsourced poem, Remix: For My People and a poem she wrote in support of families living in poverty in Athens County, OH, went viral and was seen by over 100,000 people, resulting in thousands of dollars donated to her local food pantry. Her poems appear in numerous journals and publications including Verse Daily, Still: The Journal, The NY Times, and on her website: www.karigunterseymourpoet.com. Gunter-Seymour has provided poetry workshops to incarcerated teens and adults and women in recovery as well as teaching virtual monthly generative writing workshops. She hosts a seasonal performance series “Spoken & Heard,” featuring poets, writers and musicians from across the country. A ninth generation Appalachian, she is the founder/executive director of the Women of Appalachia Project (WOAP) (www.womenofappalachia.com) and editor of the WOAP anthology series, Women Speak, volumes 1-6. She is the Poet Laureate of Ohio.
Reason for signing up:
I heard about this at a Zoom poetry reading. It sounds so fun! I have so many wonderful KY poetry friends!
Kate Fadick
Katelyn Weldon
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Katelyn studies Biology pre-med and Spanish at Thomas More University as well as being an officer of their competitive dance team. In her free time she teaches dance at a local studio and loves to write poetry. Katelyn has pieces published through various websites including those of The October Project, Pauletta Hansel’s, and her school’s literary magazine—which she was able to help produce this past year as a copy editor.
Reason for signing up:
This was a great experience last year and I can't wait to read everyone’s work again!
Katerina Stoykova
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A Bulgarian from Kentucky.
Reason for signing up:
How could I not?
Katherine Paisley
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Katherine is a poet living a lawyer life.
Kathleen Gregg
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Kathleen Gregg is the author of her first chapbook, Underground River of Want. She is current treasurer for Kentucky State Poetry Society and on the Carnegie Center Author Academy board of directors. She loves living in the country with her husband and one cat, and hanging out with her kids and grandkids as often as she can.
Reason for signing up:
It's a month-long poetry feast I don't want to miss!
Kathryn R. Gillespie
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Kathryn is a poet and library worker originally from Carrollton, Kentucky.
Reason for signing up:
I need motivation to write more often, and I would love to be part of a writing community.
Katie Cross Gibson
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Katie Cross Gibson is a grad student, office worker, and Lexington expat who could always write more poetry, read more graphic novels, and play more video games. She lives with two cool cats (her spouse and an actual feline) in a town that could be described as Kentucky's answer to Stars Hollow.
Katie Hassall
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Katie writes poetry as she is inspired by everyday life.
Reason for signing up:
I participated last year and it was a bright spot in a dark year.
Katrin Flores
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University of Kentucky kid studying social work and psychology. Always sitting on the front porch taking the evening sun in!
Reason for signing up:
It’s as automatic as eating lunch come June! And also this community is unbeatable.
KD
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KD is a professional and creative writer who learned the importance and beauty of reading and writing from her brilliant parents.
She loves to explore empathy and the mindsets of others through the written word.
Reason for signing up:
A friend encouraged me to!
Kel
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Kelly is a poet and she does know it....
Reason for signing up:
I love to write
Kelli Hansel Haywood
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Kelli Hansel Haywood is an author, public speaker/teacher, and mother of three daughters in the mountains of southeastern, Kentucky.
Kelli’s most recent published works can be found in Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy from West Virginia University Press (2019), in various editions of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Women Speak Vol. 5 from the Women of Appalachia Project, as well as among other online journals and magazines, including long form journalism, radio journalism, creative nonfiction, fiction, and blogs. Her book Sacred Catharsis is forthcoming Summer 2021.
Reason for signing up:
I am working on a poetry and flash essay collection and thought this could be helpful accountability. I also enjoy connecting with other writers.
KW
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Kelly is the mother of four daughters, teacher for 32 years and a life long writer, artist, lover of nature and advocate for children. She lives in Lexington, KY where she cares for her live-in parents, maintains close connections to her daughters and continues writing, creating and teaching at SCAPA Bluegrass.
Reason for signing up:
As a writing teacher and life long writer myself, I want to always be participating in the work I am asking my students to produce. Additionally, I want to continue challenging myself to improve and grow as a writer and thinker myself.
kelly casey
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kelly won an award for poetry once and has been chasing that high ever since.
Reason for signing up:
because i find i’m more creatively productive when i have eyes on me.
Kendall Brooke
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Kendall Brooke is a nurse tech at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, her dog Goose, and of course, writing poems.
Reason for signing up:
I am always looking forward to writing new poems and trying to improve my poetry skills!
Kevin Nance
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Kevin Nance is a poet, freelance photographer, and arts journalist in Lexington. He's the author of "Even if: Photographs and Haiku" (University of Kentucky Arts in Healthcare, 2020).
Reason for signing up:
I look forward to reading everyone's work!
Kim Kayne Shaver
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Kim lives in Louisville near her two grand babies that showed up in her adult children’s cabbage patch last year! Making the covid year more bearable and lovable.. She is a poet and a Mimi! The babble of life inspires her poetry!
Reason for signing up:
Sometimes I forget to write! Lexington poetry month warms me up and my legal pads get dusted off and my magic wand starts to scribblin’that poetry and then I light sparklers!****!
Kimi Hardesty
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Kimi Hardesty enjoys words in general. She lives in Lexington, Ky.
Reason for signing up:
The challenge.
Knoble Liberty Blaizes
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I write, therefore, I am.
Reason for signing up:
Freedom of Speech.
Kris Gillis
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Kris teaches high school and lives with several unruly cats.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because it’s a delight to write and read poetry with this community.
KT
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KT is a writer who has been passionate about her work since childhood. Her work often reflects the innermost parts of her that sometimes are overlooked in her day-to-day life.
Reason for signing up:
i love writing, i always have. the opportunity to show my work, grow, and even be published is priceless to me
laney
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an astrology enthusiast exploiting their gemini rising
Reason for signing up:
i love to see the artistry of the people in my community
Lark
Reason for signing up:
I want to give it a go!
Laura Caudill
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Laura is a bum poet.
Reason for signing up:
For the challenge!
Laura
Laurel Fox
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Constant aspirant, occasional poet
Reason for signing up:
To continue writing
Lauren Myfelt
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Lauren doesn't know what she is. Let's just go with that.
Reason for signing up:
I really like poetry. My brain really doesn't like the act of writing it. This is how I'm going to try to force it to.
Leigh Anne Hornfeldt
Lennart Lundh
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Lennart Lundh is a poet, photographer, short-fictionist, and historian. His work has appeared internationally since 1965.
Reason for signing up:
Because there are still visions that need words.
Leslie Davis
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Leslie Davis is a teacher of some things and a student of many more.
Reason for signing up:
Writing is like distance running: it takes patience and persistence in equal measure, as well as a supportive community to get you through the hardest training patches. This is my way of furthering my own "training" and that of my friends and neighbors.
Leslie Workman
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Elementary School Principal and part time poet. Lover of the written word.
Reason for signing up:
Did it last year and enjoyed it.
Libby Falk Jones
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Libby Falk Jones is the author or co-author of two books of poems, with a new chapbook coming out from Workhorse in Fall 2021. Winner of the 2021 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize from The Heartland Review (https://www.theheartlandreview.com/page3), she is a member of Bluegrass Writers Studio and the Women of Appalachia Project. She taught writing, including creative writing, at Berea College for 29 years and currently co-leads “Coming of Age,” a project for Kentucky women writers over 60.
Reason for signing up:
Glad to be a part of this lively poetry community!
Linda Angelo
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Busy as a psychologist, a mother, an arts activist, Linda came late to poetry writing, and is attempting to make up for lost time. Your indulgence, as she finds her voice, is appreciated.
Reason for signing up:
LexPoMo keeps writing in the forefront.
Linda Bryant
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I live in Berea where I run Owsley Fork Writers Sanctuary. I have loved poetry for decades. Favorite poets include Philip Levine, Pablo Neruda, Tess Gallagher, Ruth Stone and Frederico Garcia Lorca.
Reason for signing up:
I started a couple of years ago when I moved to Kentucky and now it's a tradition!
Linda Freudenberger
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Linda writes poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She lives in Lexington with her Westie Clancy, a pet therapy dog. 2nd time with LexPoMo!
Reason for signing up:
To challenge myself to write and to learn from others and enjoy their poems.
Lis Trana
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Lis is a mother and a poet, attempting to teach the two how to co-exist. She enjoys heavily buttered toast, crisp, Fall weather, and listening to music loudly.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because I’m tired of just thinking about writing and want to actually do it, no matter how it turns out.
L.M.H.
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Lisa Miller Henry lives in Lexington. When she’s not in the classroom, she can be found hiking trails, cheering for her son at hockey games, or plotting the next stamp in her passport.
LittleBird
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On the surface, Jen is a regular person, living a regular life: work, kids, home, dogs. Dive beneath the surface and you will find buried treasure.
Reason for signing up:
I need to write and I like having a place to spread my wings.
Liz Prather
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Liz teaches writing at Lafayette High School.
Reason for signing up:
It's June!
Logan Ward
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Logan is a sixteen year old writer from Lafayette High School, involved in the SCAPA Literary Arts program. He's been writing almost his entire life, and has seldom been let down by it.
Reason for signing up:
I need to start getting my work out there to the world. and this is a great place to start!
Lori Taylor
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Lori is a two-time NaNo WriMo winner and enjoys writing from her heart anything from fiction to narrative non-fiction to poetry and has participated in LexPoMo for the last five years. She lives in Georgetown with her husband, daughters, a Sheltie and a diva tortoiseshell cat. Lori is originally from McCreary County, Kentucky, is proud to be Appalachian, has no formal education or training in the craft of writing but lives and breathes art and creativity.
Reason for signing up:
This is LexPoMo number six! It's a great community of poets who share the love of words and expression. It's also a great accountability tool!
Louise Tallen
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Louise is an author, seeker, recovering academic, lover of wild things, and an eternal skeptic.
Reason for signing up:
Because writing poetry scares me!
Lucy
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Lucy Griffeth is a dancer, lacrosse player, artist, avid traveler, and writer. She is currently in high school and active in the beta club. She is coming of age and trying to navigate herself through life.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because poetry is out of the box for me and my goal is to capture it and put it in the box.
Lucy James
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Lucy is a poet from a hilltop in Eastern Kentucky. She writes to, hopefully, bring a little sunshine into an often cloudy world.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up a couple of years ago and then got intimidated and backed out. I really want to break out of my own shell and go for it. Good, bad, or ugly.
Maddie Coleman
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Just a human trying to live her life to the absolute fullest :)
Reason for signing up:
I’ve been apart of this for the past two years and I’m excited for this year!
Madeleine Hamilton
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maddy had a tremendously bad year and fully intends to make it your problem
Madison Miller
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Madison is a student, survivor's advocate, and dog parent in Lexington, KY. They enjoy vyvanse, therapy, and long walks on the beach. She spends way too much time reviving her plants from near death and watching true crime. She guesses she also does this poetry thing.
Reason for signing up:
It's that time of the year.
Maggie Brewer
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Maggie is a social studies teacher in Lexington, KY. She lives with her wife and a menagerie of pets.
Reason for signing up:
It's what I do in June.
Maggie Rue Hess
Maggie Ruth
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Maggie Ruth is a high school student, occasional gardener, avid reader, and an experimental cook. She spends way too much time listening to Broadway musical soundtracks and true crime podcasts.
Reason for signing up:
Because even if my room remains an utter mess and I haven't even started brainstorming for that college essay that I wanted to get a head start on and the world is falling to pieces at least I can say I wrote some poetry in June.
Maira Faisal
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Riddled with unfortunately erratic motivation, Maira is a high school senior trying to make the most of her summer. She hopes to be an OB/GYN and published author in the future.
Reason for signing up:
One of my teachers encouraged a few of us interested in poetry to give it a shot. That, and this is a good opportunity to try to write more regularly.
Malinda O’Quinn
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Malinda is a wife, mother and wants to pet every cat.
Reason for signing up:
Bronson
Mani
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Mani mysteriously appeared in Lexington eight years ago. No one knows where he came came from and no one is brave enough to ask. If you see him around town, tie his shoes for him.
Reason for signing up:
I just wanna hurt my own feelings with my own feelings.
Manny Grimaldi
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manny grimaldi is a poet from louisville, ky. he is published online in club plum literary journal vol 2 issue 1. between 2020 and 2021 he has appeared on laverne's writing workshop on radiolex.us. he has also spent time working with poets at large, providing feedback. his favorite poets include matsuo bashō, federico garcía lorca, emily dickinson, paul verlaine, and etheridge knight.
Reason for signing up:
for the love of writing with such a wonderful community. for the love of being with friends made last summer during the month.
mari leet
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mari is a member of Old Washington Wordsmith
Reason for signing up:
mari signed up to be in the know of what inspires the Old Washington Wordsmith members.
Marianne Peel
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After having taught middle and high school English for 32 years, Marianne is now nurturing her own creative spirit. She has spent three summers in Guizhou Province, teaching best practices to teachers in China. She received Fulbright-Hays Awards to Nepal (2003) and Turkey (2009). Marianne participated in Marge Piercy’s Juried Intensive Poetry Workshop (2016). Marianne’s poetry appears in Muddy River Poetry Review, Naugatuk River Review, Belle Reve Literary Journal, Jelly Bucket Journal, Gyroscope Review, among others. She has a collection of poetry forthcoming in 2021 from Shadelandhouse Modern Press.
Reason for signing up:
So many poets I know from working with Carnegie Center said it was a wonderful experience... and I like to live life with a big spoon!
Marilynn Bell
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Marilynn writes fiction and occasionally a poew.
Reason for signing up:
Friend encouraged to do it.
Marta E Dorton
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Marta Dorton is a Lexington, KY artist and writer working with painting, printmaking, mix media, memoir and poetry.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up for LexPoMo to create new work in the moment with few expectations and to underscore the value of sharing
Mary Allen
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Mary is a poet who lives in Lexington. She looks forward to LexPoMo every year. Her first chapbook is scheduled for publication this fall, and she's already working on a second.
Reason for signing up:
How could I not participate!
M L Stephens
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Mary Lou is a mother, grandmother, a hospital chaplain. She finds poetry to be the perfect way to put emotions and experiences in written form.
Reason for signing up:
I like the challenge of putting life experiences into poetry.
Marz Corbeau
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Marz is a housespouse and teaches tarot.
Reason for signing up:
A reflective practice.
Matt Spencer
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Matt runs, rides bikes, feels existential dread.
Maya Pemble
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Maya is a student who dabbles in the written word. Her favorite color is purple and her current literary obsessions include Clarice Lispector, Nicole Brossard, and Borges.
Reason for signing up:
To keep a tradition.
meadow dawn
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meadow is an eighties baby that vividly recalls the scene in "The Mask" movie (the one with Cher not Jim Carrey) where the lead character creatively described colors to his blind girlfriend, and since that cinematic seed, has wanted to use her words to reveal things that others can not see.
Reason for signing up:
signing up is an immediate reminder to look at everything more poetically
Melissa Helton
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Melissa Helton lives, teaches, and writes in southeast Kentucky. Her work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Shenandoah, Still: The Journal, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, and more. Her chapbooks include Inertia: A Study (2016) and Hewn (Dec. 2021).
Reason for signing up:
I like to write.
Melva Sue Priddy