LexPoMo Participants

Total poets:
317
A. J. Knight
A.R. Koehler
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Ayla is your typical existential twenty something with a dash rhymes and an amateur obsession with soil.
Aaron Hawkins
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Aaron isn't a poet despite loving words. The sentence is what drew him to writing and fueled his desire for a Master's in Fiction, which he now uses quite infrequently.
Reason for signing up:
Another member invited me to try. I know I've missed a few days.
Aaron Reding
Reason for signing up:
Consistency is important and is something I struggle
with. This is the time of year where even if my attention has wandered, I can come back to a welcoming environment and just start writing again.
Abby Kane
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Abby Kane is a sophomore at DePaul University studying animation with a minor in screenwriting. In her limited free time, she loves writing anything from stories, to songs, to poems, and beyond. She recently published her first novel, "Song of the Stars," and is working on the sequel.
Reason for signing up:
I don't write poetry nearly as often as I would like to, so I always love a way to hold myself accountable!
Abelucia Ponzo
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Abelucia is a visual artist expanding her creative energies into the world of words
Adyson Reisz
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Adyson Reisz is a rising senior at Lafayette High School in the SCAPA Literary Arts program. When not writing she can be found playing the guitar or collecting CDs and records.
Reason for signing up:
To dedicate some time to poetry before spending my senior year working on my manuscript.
AJ Kline
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Anna Johnson Kline is a poet, musician, and songwriter who makes her home in Mt. Sterling. She grew up in small town Mississippi between the Chickasaw Bluffs of Memphis and the furrowed rows of Delta farmland. She was raised on a steady diet of hymns, three-part harmonies, and Memphis soul. Her writing is directly influenced by the redemptive strains of gospel, the drawling tremolo of rhythm and blues, and the raw twang of the mountain landscape. She is currently immersed in the Poetry Gauntlet at the Carnegie Center and is working on a collaborative songwriting project called "Thinking Like a Mountain."
Reason for signing up:
Poetry Gauntlet—and I am interested in connecting with more Lex-area writers.
AK
Bio:
AK is grateful to be here!
Reason for signing up:
A friend recommended it :)
Alissa Sammarco
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Alissa Sammarco is a writer and attorney. She lived in the West and South before coming home to the Ohio River Valley. Through sharp imagery, much of which is drawn from the oceans, rivers and forests where she lived. Her work has appeared in Sheila-Na-Gig, Black Moon Magazine, Change Seven, Quiet Diamonds, Main Street Rag, Stone Canoe, VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, Rat’s Ass Review, But There was Fire in the Distance (Workhorse Press) and elsewhere. She is the author of four chapbooks, Beyond the Dawn, I See Them Now, Moon Landing Day, and coming soon, Cupcake Day (December 2024). www.AlissaSammarco.com.
Reason for signing up:
So much depends upon that red wheelbarrow.
Allen Blair
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Writer, poet, journalist, dad, and beer-making dabbler from Kentucky. Still owns a calculator and a typewriter. Find him most places @TheTinpoet.
Reason for signing up:
As an exercise in nostalgia, the future, and cognitive dissonance. Enjoy.
Alora Jones
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Alora Jones, on the surface, plays the roles of sibiling, child, grandchild, reader, gamer, teacher, and friend. Below the surface, they are a worrier, an empath, and a dreamer. They hope to inspire people with their writing and dream of publicising their work. They are very excited about this year's LexPoMo and can't wait to read the amazing poems that will be written this year!
Reason for signing up:
I participated in LexPoMo last year and really enjoyed it, so that's why I signed up this year!
Alvera Lisabeth
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Alvera is a mother, a teacher, a cashier, a friend, a reluctant dog owner and a sister, but most importantly a beautifully flawed human trying to get through and grow through this thing called life.
Reason for signing up:
I enjoy the opportunity and encouragement to be creative in community.
Amanda Corbin
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Amanda Corbin holds an MFA in fiction from UK. She has received Artist Enrichment Grants from the KY Foundation for Women and is at work on her first novel. She and poet Sean L. Corbin live in Lexington with their two sons.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up to write some more Tarot poems!
Amanda Jatta
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Amanda is a mostly feral lady, looking for beauty in the world.
Amy Figgs
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Amy currently lives in Lexington with her son, Leo. She travels whenever possible and runs to nature when she can't. She is the author of Upgraded To Chronic, Almost Dying Taught Me How to Truly Live, a collection of poetry and essays on finding beauty and meaning within the life you've already got.
Reason for signing up:
Keep writing!
Amy Le Ann Richardson
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Amy Le Ann Richardson was born and raised in Morehead, KY and holds an MFA from Spalding University (‘09). Amy works for Community Farm Alliance and is a farmer, writer, artist, and teacher who has received grants and fellowships from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She is the author of Who You Grow Into, Finishing Line Press 2024, and her work has been featured in multiple journals. She lives and works on her Kentucky farm.
Reason for signing up:
Community and accountability.
Anais
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Anais is just doing her best
Reason for signing up:
i have for the past 4ish years!
Andrea Lawler
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Reason for signing up:
To write poetry, of course!
Anesa
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Reason for signing up:
For fun!
Ann Haney
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Ann is a painter who also loves poetry. She taught studio art for many years and now takes time to experience and explore art forms that she finds of interest.
Reason for signing up:
I learned about LexPoMo from Deanna Mascle and it has been a great expereince!
Arabella Lee
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Arabella Sole Alexis Lee is a student at Lafayette and SCAPA Literary Arts. She enjoys writing poems and occasional essays. In her free-time, she loves fashion, music, pretending to be a mermaid in secret, and blogging on instagram.
Reason for signing up:
fun!!!!!!!
Ariana Alvarado
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Ariana Alvarado is a graduate student pursuing her Masters in English at the University of Louisville. When not writing, you can find her spending far too much money on vinyl records, getting tinnitus from concerts, or wishing she lived in a Tim Burton film.
Reason for signing up:
To be in community with other poets and encourage others in their work.
Arwen
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Arwen is a mother and a business owner in Lexington, KY. She writes because she can't not.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because it's fun to see what other people are writing, and I like the community.
Ashley N. Russell
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Ashley is a moonlighting poet currently residing in Lexington, KY. After a long hiatus from the world of creative writing, her soul craves diving back into it once more. Ashley spends her days working as a trauma psychologist and chasing around her little ones.
atmospherique
audrey
Reason for signing up:
i want to get back into writing :)
Austen Reilley
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mom, teacher, poet, singer, house plant and house cat enthusiast, recreational ukulele player, raised in CA, rehomed to KY in 2002.
Reason for signing up:
Is it even June if I don’t?
Austin Rathbone
Austin Rogers
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Austin is a former writer of rap and hip hop lyrics from Shelby County Kentucky. He took his high school interest in poetry and adapted himself to more musically inspired content before eventually returning to his roots in general poetry.
Reason for signing up:
Having not written a single line in some time my niece inspired me to pick back up where I left off and let some creativity flow.
Autumn Cook
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Autumn writes poems, songs and stories centered around whatever.
Reason for signing up:
If I don’t write I’ll die so I might as well.
Ayden Ray
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Liv always has writer's block, but when she cooks, she cooks talking Walter White style.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because I love writing and want to get my work out there so people can see it, whether it be good or bad opinions they have.
Barbara Kinnett
Reason for signing up:
To write more poems
Beatrice Underwood-Sweet
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Beatrice is a displaced Kentuckian who looks forward to LexPoMo every year. She is a high school teacher of English Language Learners. In her spare time, she is a book dragon, writes poetry and prose, and studies various languages.
Reason for signing up:
I sign up every year because I sometimes need accountability to encourage myself to write on a daily basis. I also love being a part of an amazing, supportive community of writers.
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Bernard Deville
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Bernie is a retired middle school teacher, currently designing role-playing games. Known for Post-Pomo trainwrecks.
Reason for signing up:
Haven't missed one yet.
Bethany Robinson
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Bethany, Beth, is a short story writer and poet originally from Eastern Kentucky. She is a researcher, a lover of nature, a yoga instructor, and an advocate/council member of the Bluegrass Survivors Council and volunteer for multiple organizations in Lexington, Kentucky. Finally, Beth is a freelance sports writer with Queer KY and a burlesque dancer with BurLex.
Bill Brymer
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Photographer and writer from Louisville, Ky.
Reason for signing up:
Love this community. It's a beautiful thing.
Bill Verble
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Bill writes to create maps leading to lost treasure.
Bing
bk
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bk is having an unprecedented summer. the only thing to do is write about it.
Reason for signing up:
my life is changing a lot and i expect to have something to say about it. this space has been safe for me for four years now and i’d feel lucky to have at least one more.
Brady Cornett
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Brady is a Crematory Operator, writer, musician, and multimedia artist currently located in his birth city of Columbus, Ohio.
Reason for signing up:
I wanted to push myself to do something different and advocate for my work instead of just making it and casually putting it out there.
Brent White
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Brent is a native Kentuckian and has been part of the bourbon industry for the past decade. He hopes to share his experiences with growing up on a family farm with brothers and animals in central Kentucky in a manner that’ll resonate nostalgia, understanding, and love for this amazing land.
Reason for signing up:
An amazing poet named Jessica Taylor recommended that I take part in the June challenge and see/read all the other amazing poets here in the bluegrass and beyond!
Brian McCarty
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Brian McCarty is an English instructor at Western Kentucky University. When he's not writing poetry, he enjoys hiking, reading, watching horror movies and films noir, and just hanging out with his awesome kiddos.
Reason for signing up:
I'm part of a summer poetry book club and was offered the wonderful opportunity to participate in this challenge.
Brigit Truex
Bio:
Impressions, emotions, viewpoints are all aspects that inspire Brigit Truex in her poetry as well as her paintings.
Reason for signing up:
I definitely need the impetus of LexPoMo to get me focused on my writing, and what a great opportunity to see what other posts are sharing!
Bronson O'Quinn
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Writer
Coder
Father
Brother
Lover
Hater
Watcher
Player
Giver
Taker
Fixer
Breaker
Reason for signing up:
In the immortal words of my favorite film character:
"It's TIME to SLIME!"
- Ray Ghostbuster, aka "Slimey"
BUF
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I love to create music, lyrics, lovely rooms, yummy meals, pretty gardens. Anything meaningful, authentic and artful brings me joy.
Reason for signing up:
Always wanting to grow and learn from creative souls.
Cadence Perman
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Cadence is a queer and nonbinary upcoming senior in high school, and a writer who often focuses their writing on oppression and hopes for equity. They write to inform and hopefully inspire others to stand up for all people who need it.
Callie Budrick-Gough
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Callie Budrick-Gough wears many hats. Poetry is one of them sometimes.
Reason for signing up:
Tradition and inspiration.
camden
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Camden has been writing poetry for the past decade, primarily as a way to express his emotions, observations of beauty, trials of life, and deep love for Jesus. He enjoys the creative, spiritual, and philosophical journeys a few simple words can explore.
Reason for signing up:
I am in a bit of a draught with writing and figured this would be a great way to get back into it.
Carole Johnston
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Carole Johnston writes poems to please herself and will always be pleased and surprised if anyone else enjoys them.
Reason for signing up:
I love the diverse and various voices.
carole johnston
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Carole Johnston writes poems because she can't stop.
Reason for signing up:
I enjoy the diverse voices.
carolyn Pennington
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She is a retired teacher and counselor. She has always loved reading and writing. After retirement, she writes; has a published novel, has some published poems and has won some writing contests in short story and poetry writing.
Reason for signing up:
I enjoyed all the feedback from the writers on line after each poem was posted. The positiveness of the experiences spurred me on to write more and more often.
Also, having a poem published was a nice result of having done the work and faced the challenge of a daily post.
Carrie Carlson
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Carrie, a lifetime lover of words, hails from the hills and hollers of Mason County, Ky. She left home to attend college at the University of Louisville, and then settled down in Lexington, where she has lived for the past 18 years. She's a busy wife and mother, and a seeker of all things true, good, and beautiful.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because Lexpomo is fun, it helps me grow as a writer, and I enjoy reading other people's work.
Carrie Elam Spillman
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Carrie likes to walk around barefoot and be by herself. While she is a recluse she enjoys the company of good people, family and animals. Carrie will remain in the EKY hills till death and beyond that. If you need her she can be found baking, chasing her babies, or sitting quietly watching the sunset.
Reason for signing up:
Following my dreams one year at a time
carter skaggs
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a storyteller first and foremost, carter is a poet slash photographer slash journalist originally hailing from northern kentucky | she/her
Cathy Perkins
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Cathy Perkins, broke and broken multi-talented human whose part-time jobs include horse-crossing guard, zero-turn mower operator and a small business general partner, spends many hours a day writing poetry and comedy, going down internet rabbit holes, staring out the window in a total state of mindless meditation. Cathy is the author of Udder Uproar, 2024 Accents Publishing. https://accents-publishing.com/udderuproar.html
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because I am part of the Lexington Poetry family. I wouldn't miss LexPoMo for any reason except for illness or death and I would try to figure out how to be part of the LexPoMo community from the bed or from the grave.
charlie bill dahlenburg
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this is Charlie Bill's second year with Lexpomo
Reason for signing up:
I enjoyed last year both reading and writing
Chelsie Kreitzman
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, cooks ancestral foods, and posts poems on her FB page occasionally (aka 'shouting into the void')
Reason for signing up:
LexPoMo is still here,and I'm still here, so it's tradition now.
Christopher McCurry
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Christopher McCurry lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife, daughter, and two dogs. With a baby and new book of poetry on the way this year, Chris is nearly full to the brim with gratitude and anticipation.
Reason for signing up:
Because I'm a poet at heart!
CJ
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CJ is a first-year participant in LexPoMo. She loves writing, journaling, and leaving love notes for friends and family on Post-Its.
Reason for signing up:
I've found it challenging to sit with my creative self the last few years, so LexPoMo will serve as a trailhead for re-engaging that part of me. Also, I have a rule: if something feels scary, I have to try it.
Cody Evans
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Cody is a teacher, a PhD student, and an action figure enthusiast. He occasionally writes poems and songs when time allows.
Reason for signing up:
To support the best poet I know, Morgan Evans! And maybe do some writing of my own along the way.
Coleman Davis
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Coleman spends most of his time in a world made of poetry.
He splits his time between Lexington and Berea taking care of multiple buildings, and pets and plants.
Reason for signing up:
To be in a community of poets for a month. It's fun :-)
Colette Crown
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Colette is a “words on the page” poet. She is delighted when the muse inspires. She lives in Lexington where she takes advantage of the rich literary scene to work on improving her craft.
Reason for signing up:
To continue putting words on a page in a bid to reach someone who might need to read those particular words at a specific time.
Connor Reed Bates
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Connor is a Louisville poet.
Reason for signing up:
A friend told me about this. I’m interested because I wanted an external pressure to write.
Conundrum
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Cynthia is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, currently residing in Lexington. Cynthia is a veteran of the US Navy. Cynthia has been writing poetry all her life and has FINALLY decided to share her gift with the world.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because this is a God-given gift that I'm supposed to use to heal those it reaches.
Corey Kirby
Courtney Music
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Courtney is poet of Eastern Kentucky and a past winner in the Kentucky Monthly Magazine.
Reason for signing up:
This is a tradition that my husband and I do together every year.
D.R. Howard
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D.R. Howard is an artist and lover of words. They prefer endeavors involving paint and music most, but they try their best at the printed word as well.
Reason for signing up:
I am full of words and seemingly good reasons to express them, so therefore I am doing just that, despite my better judgment.
D'Rose
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Darlene is a Board Certified Educational Therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves to listen as she walks on the soft ground beneath the California Redwoods & breathes next to the crashing waves. She grows from the wisdom of the children's pure love and insights. These are some of the nuggets she paints into her poetry.
Reason for signing up:
To play with words, have fun with other poets & listen to my heart.
Dana Grinstead
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Dana is a writer at heart who lives in Lexington, Kentucky. This is her first year participating in LexPoMo.
Reason for signing up:
Because life's too short to live in fear.
Dana Wangsgard
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Reason for signing up:
To get encouragement from friends
Dangerfield Yella
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Born
Living
The rest to be determined
Reason for signing up:
Its what I do
Dani Lou
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Dani Lou is an all-around artist (at heart), who loves to read, write, paint, and dance in her "free" time.
Deanna
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Deanna teaches writing at Morehead State and leads the Morehead Writing Project.
Reason for signing up:
To stretch my poetry muscles
Debbie Cooper
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Pleased to write amongst all these talented poets again!
Reason for signing up:
It's June soon!
Debra Glenn
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Debra has published two poetry collections, "a pretty, long walk" and "light moves". Debra participated in the Carnegie Center's Poetry Gauntlet in 2020 and is a frequent reader at open mic events.
Reason for signing up:
I have participated the last few years and find it a good challenge to write a poem a day!
Dee Taylor
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Diana Worthington hails from Lexington, Kentucky. Beginning in 2013, she has been contributing poetry to the LexPoMo anthologies as a working poet. She now works as a meteorologist, community radio volunteer and LGBTQ+ community organizer. In her spare time she enjoys reviewing her favorite films, painting and podcasting where she
currently resides in the desert south west with her two pets and
growing book collection
Reason for signing up:
To stay connected to this awesome writing community. To grow as a writer and a reader.
Delmar Reffett
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Delmar lives in Lexington and is spending his summer reading, writing, and growing herbs and hot peppers.
Reason for signing up:
I like the experience of having some structure for writing.
Dennis Preston
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Dennis likes to read, write, & travel.
Reason for signing up:
I work better with a challenge.
Donna Ison
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Donna Ison is an author, journalist, playwright, and performance poet who explores the world through words.
Reason for signing up:
To be part of this wonderful community and share in the creative process.
Douglas E. Self
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Douglas E. Self is a father, military/combat veteran, and a poet. His debut collection Blast Radius was published in February of 2024.
Reason for signing up:
To share poetry.
DSN
Bio:
Photographer/Cinematographer
dustin cecil
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dustin cecil is dustin cecil. he is as dustin cecil as dustin cecil is dustin cecil.
Reason for signing up:
to share and read some poems.. :) hit me up if you wanna do any dada style collabs. mr.dustincecil@gmail.com
EDL
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EIRILL DELONGE (EDL) IS A MULTIMEDIA ARTIST ORIGINATED FROM RAMBERG, LOFOTEN IN THE ARCTIC REGION NORDLAND IN NORTHERN NORWAY. DELONGE CREATES ART WITHIN DIFFERENT CREATIVE FIELDS, LET IT BE PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEOGRAPHY, CREATIVE WRITING, CLOTHING DESIGN, FASHION STYLING, MUSIC OR MODELING. THIS BROADNESS STEMS FROM THE ARTISTS EXPERIENCE EXPLORING A BIG VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE CREATIVE FIELDS. EDL’S STYLE REPRESENTS EDGE, ATTITUDE AND BLUNTNESS. IT’S CLEAR THE ARTIST HAD NO INTENTION WHEN ENTERING THE SCENE, AND THE EXHIBITION ROOMS, TO COMFORT THE AUDIENCE. WITH A PROVOCATIVE NATURE DELONGE CHALLENGES THE AUDIENCE TO BRANCH OUT AND LOOK AT THE RAW BRUTALITY OF LIFE.
Reason for signing up:
Manny told me to sign up, and it sounded like fun!
EdwardTap
Reason for signing up:
Hey..look for interested
Elizabeth Beck
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Elizabeth is a poet who writes fiction. Come air your poems at Poetry at the Table at Kenwick Table.
Reason for signing up:
Inspiration, move me brightly- Grateful Dead
Ellen Austin-Li
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Ellen Austin-Li’s first full-length poetry collection, Incidental Pollen, will be out in May 2025 from Madville Publishing. Finishing Line Press published her two chapbooks, Firefly and Lockdown: Scenes From Early in the Pandemic. She lives in a newly empty nest in Cincinnati and co-hosts “Poetry Night at Sitwell’s.
Reason for signing up:
I want to be in the orbit of the LexPoMo poets again!
Emily Brown
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Emily loves to write about nature. She will be attending college in the fall and obviously loves poetry!
Reason for signing up:
My teacher and friends and doing lexpomo, of course!
Emily Withenbury
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Emily Withenbury lives in Roanoke, Virginia where she is deeply thankful to be working on her MFA in Creative Writing while teaching poetry and short fiction on fellowship at Hollins University. Currently, she is in her cocoon phase. Each poem she writes is another silver thread toward her own quiet emergence.
Reason for signing up:
I love being a part of this community. Our support for each other's writing is the best!
Eric W. Willis
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Eric W. Willis is a writer, reader, sometimes editor, visual artist, traveler, and caretaker of two lively fish and two even more lively felines. He is a graduate of the Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University. He lives and works in the heart of Kentucky.
Reason for signing up:
The challenge of it.
Esme
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Esme is a student in the literary arts program at her school in Lexington.
Reason for signing up:
I love to write!
Esme Morris
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I am a student at Lafayette High School in the literary arts program.
Reason for signing up:
To share poetry.
Evyn Weaver
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Certified yapper, saxophonist, and accidental poet.
Reason for signing up:
To document all the cool things out there and live a creative life.
Fanny H. Salmon
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Fanny is Kentuckian from Normandy; a poet, a translator and filmmaker. She’s travelled the world telling stories about horses, spends her spare time digging up stories and naming humans.
Reason for signing up:
For the community and challenge.
Frankie A.
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Frankie is a Lexingtonian screenwriter/filmmaker
Reason for signing up:
Tradition
Gaby Bedetti
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Gaby continues to maximize the haiku.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because it's June and that's what I do, even though this June my daughter is also getting married.
Geoff White
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Geoff is a poet from Lexington, KY. He wants to learn and grow as a poet by being in community with other like-minded individuals.
Reason for signing up:
To stretch myself and trying new things.
Gillian King
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Gillian is a journalist and has always been a lover of writing and poetry, which she got from her mother.
Reason for signing up:
I was encouraged my close friend and poet, Karrington Aliyah Garland
Goldie
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Rifka Goldwyn was born of a coconut, or so her mother confessed at her brother's funeral. Legend has it that her mother's mother, Mary, had been stolen from Hazard, KY in '48, in the wake of her parents' untimely deaths (her father succumbed to a mining incident, her mother dismissed from life by a juggernaut grief no more than a harrowing fortnight later), abducted by distant relatives—the Feathers, in from Florida; they snatched her and her twin baby sister, leaving their three older brothers with who knows just how big a sack of fresh-plucked coconuts.
Rifka can be found come inclement Tuesdays in a farrow of ravenous hagfish sleaved from cigarette tinder, awash in a hog trough riddled with coffee and clotted cream. Her one lone tome, Sweet Briar and Firebrands of the Indigo Village (admonished in birdsong), can be found in paperback via (all apologies, really, she's sorry) amazon.com. She resides in Lexington, albeit years ago buried something deep in Arroyo Seco—makes ends meet cobbling pizzas together, and, in her down time, gayly parades downtown with a duck umbrella the color of chipperly chilblained gingkos.
Reason for signing up:
Because it seemed important, like protecting the bees or watching the sunrise shudder and blush and twist into tack-pale, lachrymose morning.
Gregory Friedman
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Greg is a Franciscan friar, living in the Southwest, working as a retreat director, pilgrim guide, as well as accompanying the Pueblo People in several mission parishes, where he is a learner and seeker.
Reason for signing up:
LexPoMo is a needed jump-start to my writng every year. This June I am living in Rome, Italy--lots of prompts all around me!
Gwyneth Stewart
Bio:
Gwyneth is a retired lawyer and practicing poet.
Reason for signing up:
I have participated for several years and love the challenge to write daily and the community of poets.
H.A.
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H.A. lives and loves boldly. She enjoys finding quiet moments among the chaos of existing on this little blue pebble in the vast universe.
Reason for signing up:
LexPoMo is a wonderful community of writers, thinkers, readers, and adventurers. The poets in this community inspire me.
Hailey Small
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Hailey Small is a poet and Kentuckian. She is a member of the 2024 Poetry Gauntlet cohort. Find her writing elsewhere in The Linden Review, Kentucky Monthly, and Anthrow Circus.
Reason for signing up:
I'm always working towards writing more consistently
Haley Biddle
Bio:
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 M
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Hannah is a teenager whose talented writer friend made her sign up.
HAROLD SHERMAN
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Harold Sherman is a freelance musician and has been for most of his adult life. He is also a Donovan Scholar at UK, having previously received his MM in Composition in 1999. He once taught piano lessons to rising standup comic star Ariel Elias and recorded a Christmas CD with Laura Bell Bundy. He did not, however, invent the internet--nor has he ever dated Taylor Swift.
Reason for signing up:
I heard about it at Writing Practice at Carnegie Center.
Hat
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Bio:
I have been in every moment a thousand times before and will be in them a thousand times again. 🏳️‍⚧️
Haven Coleman
Bio:
Haven is just a silly girl
Reason for signing up:
I love poetry!
hfo
Bio:
hfo is a teacher and writer in the bluegrass.
Reason for signing up:
To motivate myself to write and share.
Hillary Tucker
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Bio:
Hillary is a fledgling writer, searching for her voice in the wild places of Kentucky. She is aided in her creative endeavors by her husband, two children, five cheeky dogs, and two literary cats.
Reason for signing up:
Blackbirdsandbrambles@gmail.com
hunter e. westenhofer
Bio:
(they/he) hunter e. westenhofer is a graduate of Georgetown College with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in English and a minor in women, gender, and sexuality studies. They are a resident of central Kentucky and read and write for the love of words and the spread of hope.
Reason for signing up:
It's my favorite time of the year! Plus, I'm excited to try my hand at writing 30 poems that explore love in its myriad forms this month.
Hunter Nelson
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Bio:
Hunter is scared
of writing biography.
Instead it's haiku.
Reason for signing up:
Personal morals
oblige me to keep writing
lest I forget how.
Ian Brenner
Bio:
One foot in the grave and I need six
Reason for signing up:
a girl
IE
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Ingrid is a gardener and educator in Kentucky.
Reason for signing up:
trying some form poetry on for size
J. Acker
Bio:
J is a lover of words and gardens.
Reason for signing up:
To bring some inspiration and discipline to my writing!
j.l taylor
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Bio:
j.l taylor is a poet from lexington, ky. her cup overfloweth with family, friends, dogs, cats, and community. now only if she could find time to just sit, read, and write. if she did, may i dare say, life would be perfect.
Reason for signing up:
to do the damn thing
Jacob Hempel
Bio:
Jacob is a poet and scientist born and raised in Lexington. Jacob is now residing in Texas to continue doing postdoctoral research at Texas A&M.
Jasmine Robinson
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Bio:
Jasmine Robinson is a writer living in Lexington, KY.
Reason for signing up:
June is for poetry.
Jason Williams
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Bio:
Jason is a technologist and poet originally from Catlettsburg, Kentucky, but now residing in Lexington.
Jay McCoy
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Bio:
Jay writes poems & essays and cuts & pastes images into collages.
Reason for signing up:
For the community
Jay St. Orts
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Bio:
Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Friend, Musician, DJ, Homebrewer, Cook, Editor, Writer. Not necessarily
Reason for signing up:
Seeking shelter from the storm.
Jazzy
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Eugenia Johnson-Smith, owner and CEO of Positive Power, LLC. Training and Development is an Author, Coach, and International Speaker. She's a freelance writer for The Lextropolis Magazine and the author of Positive Power 31 Devotions To Help Unleash Your Positive Power. She teaches writing classes and enjoys encouraging other writers to pursue their writing dream.
Reason for signing up:
It's fun, I enjoy the challenge of writing a poem a day, and the satisfactions of knowing I stuck with it and completed my goal.
Jeff Hoagland
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Bio:
Jeff is currently, momentarily, but not presently the Executive Director of the Lexington Writer's Room. He also makes films, sometimes.
Reason for signing up:
To support them arts!
Jennifer Barricklow
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Bio:
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 signed up because I love being part of Lexington's amazing poetry community!
Jennifer Beckett
Bio:
Jennifer Beckett is a writer and teacher.
Reason for signing up:
This community is wonderful.
Jennifer Burchett
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Bio:
Jennifer is a fiction writer who likes to sign up for this just to confirm that she is indeed a fiction writer, and not a poet. (But it is good yoga for the creative mind, so there's that.)
Reason for signing up:
It's very humbling to ply a craft that exposes one's weaknesses.
Jennifer Elam
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Bio:
Jennifer has spent her life writing and is now part of the Coming of Age women’s writer’ s group. As a psychologist, dancer and writer, she is just completing her book called “Dancing through the Fires”; a personal narrative about healing grief and trauma through (co)creativity, together, with God, Self and Others.
Reason for signing up:
To share my writing and creativity with others in the hope that someone will find it helpful.
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Jennifer Gleason
Bio:
Jennifer is a farmer/soapmaker and propietor of Sunflower Sundries. She loves words since little and is lucky to be partner to a poet.
Reason for signing up:
to be part of the poet community that LexPoMo has created for the glorious month of June.
Jerielle
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Bio:
I grew up barefoot, on 50 acres of wooded land, handraising birds, learning and performing dance routines, harmonies, and going to the public library twice a week. I rode horses, did dance and gymnastics, diving lessons, skiing, piano and guitar, bass, drums and saxophone. My mom would wake me up at 5 am so as to write in a more unconscious state. I was also frequently walking in the woods, learning the names of everything and how to talk to the spirit in all things like the Native American people in many accounts. I am still as unconventional as I ever was, and making paintings which reflect a bit of my own soul back to me is my current profession. Art, music, spirit, love, are inseparable to me, and above all I believe my mission in life is to help others in the world to open their eyes a little wider to the beauty. I agree with Hiyao Miyazaki that any art created by AI is humanity losing confidence in itself.
Reason for signing up:
I always do
Jerri Lynn
Bio:
Jerri Lynn has always been a wordy person and one day she woke up and decided to make those words rhyme.
Reason for signing up:
I've heard good things and this has been recommended by a friend of mine for a while now. Plus, I thought this was a good way to get my poetry out there.
Jess Bee
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Bio:
Jess is a poet. She doesn't really know what else to write here but have a great day!
Reason for signing up:
To share my writing
Jess Roat
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Jess is a Reading Specialist and Writer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He enjoys children, music and of course writing. He believes in the potential of creativity we all possess.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up to stimulate my poetry muscles and to connect with other writers.
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Jessica Stump
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Jessica Stump, an Eastern Kentucky native, grew up amid the lore of the Appalachian Mountains. She is a senior editor and writer at Appalachian State University in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, where she lives with her husband, writer Matthew Hatfield, and their goofball tabby, Gus. She holds an MFA in creative writing, and among her most favorite things are Halloween and the em dash.
Reason for signing up:
2023 was my first year as a LexPoMo participant, and the experience reminded me that my poetic talents and voice aren't as far removed as I once thought. I joined this year's challenge to tap into the inspiration the event brings and to connect with other KY poets.
Jessica Swafford
Bio:
Jessica Swafford is a poet from Georgetown.
Jim Lally
Bio:
Jim is a member of the Maysville writers group Old Washington Wordsmiths.
Reason for signing up:
Signing
UP
is better than signing
d-o-w-n
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John W. McCauley
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Bio:
John writes non-fiction and poetry. His work has been published in Kentucky Monthly Magazine, KentuckyLiving.Com, The Martha's Vineyard Times, and other publications. Four of his poems are scheduled to be published later this year in Trajectory. His poem, "The Waldo Emerson Inn," about Ralph Waldo Emerson, is displayed at the historic inn, in Kennebunk, Maine. He is currently working on his first book. John serves on the Jesse Stuart Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of the Bluegrass Writers Coalition. He served in the administration of President Barack Obama, and on the Governor's Commission on Literacy, where he chaired the Local Issues Task Force. John and his wife Rebecca, with their Golden Retriever Siva, and cat Hal, live in Lexington and on beautiful Lake Cumberland.
Reason for signing up:
I have been writing poetry for years but didn't submit any of my work until 17 months ago. I was inspired by Byron Crawford's Back Page article in Kentucky Living Magazine, "For Whom the Dinner Bells Toll." It was this story that encouraged me to submit a poem that I had written about my Great-Grandmother's 1889 dinner bell. Kentucky Living liked the poem and posted it on January 31, 2023. My poetry is inspired by former Kentucky Poets Laureate Jesse Stuart and Cotton Noe, as well as my Appalachian heritage.
Jon Thrower
Jonel Sallee
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Bio:
Jonel Sallee is a retired teacher, lover of learning, avid traveler, and poet.
Reason for signing up:
I signed up because I usually do. Besides, it is a good antidote to my increasing fondness for laziness and procrastination.
Jordan Quinn
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Since she learned to write, Jordan has been creating poetry. She is inspired most by lyrical poetry and melodies, poets she admires, her personal experiences and those influential people she is fortunate enough to call family and friends. Jordan is a working poet and mental health advocate.
Reason for signing up:
I'm honored to participate in another LexPoMo and look forward to reading samples of poetry from such a talented group of KY poets that show up every year in full force.
Joseph Nichols
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Joseph Allen Nichols has been a LexPoMo participant long enough he doesn’t remember how long he has been a LexPoMo participant. He currently lives in Frankfort with his two sons, his mom, and a thousand pets and spirit guides.
Reason for signing up:
josephnichols.email@gmail.com 7067998718 Ig endymion.ink20
Josey Bryant
Bio:
Poet eager to explore identity, and share poetry with readers.
Josie Angel
Bio:
Josie is a transgender poet who also loves writing short stories, stage plays, and screenplays. She loves the escape of movies and the catharsis of theater. Her muse foods are jelly beans and bleu cheeseburgers. She’s a creative life coach because she’s passionate about creativity and helping others with their creative practice.
Reason for signing up:
This is always fun and cathartic and helps me generate content,
jstpoetry
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Jeremy Stacy is a confessional poet exploring themes of dreams, nature, self reflection, and more. He is the author of two poetry collections which can be found on Amazon.
https://a.co/d/fqqIHXA
https://a.co/d/gaJRvpI
Reason for signing up:
Love LexPoMo!
K. Ka`imilani
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K. Ka`imilani is a writer, a teacher, a parent, and a grandparent. She was born in Hawai`i, but has lived in many other places, including Lexington, Kentucky, which is where she met many fabulous friends and writers. She has found her place back in Hawai`i, on a 3-acre plot of land, working towards being off grid.
Reason for signing up:
K. Ka`imilani has joined the Writing Meca Community of the World in another round of making poetry, not war.
K. Nicole Wilson
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Bio:
K. Nicole spends the bulk of her time in a lil foxhole spilling paint n tossin round rhyme, or with close family and kin including her lil niblings (niece and twin nephews!). She believes love is everything, including the crystal goblet and (somehow) the wine--if billy collins inquires. Kdot is also certain resistance to fascism, genocide, and evil is love.
Reason for signing up:
I love being a verse in our grand poetic tradition.
K.A
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Karrington is an aspiring poet who lives her life telling the stories of others.
Reason for signing up:
kare.a.garland@gmail.com
kai
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kai received her MFA in Poetry Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in: North American Review, Stone Highway Review, Lavender Review, The Ilanot Review, Anthem Journal, Almost Five Quarterly, Wilde, Sinister Wisdom, Wicked Alice, Roar and elsewhere. Her chapbook Speak So It Anchors You was published in 2016. She is a poet and photographer and resides in Florida with her a pair of dogs and a pair of cats, new plants shes humbly trying to care for well, and a grateful space, trying.
Reason for signing up:
Im from Lexington. Graduated 1999. MFA in poetry in 2011. Passion for poetry and a language-of-understanding has been the beat.
Karen George
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Karen George, a native Kentuckian, has published Swim Your Way Back (2014), A Map and One Year (2018), Where Wind Tastes Like Pears (2021), and forthcoming Caught in the Trembling Net (2024). She published her debut fiction, How We Fracture, a collection of short stories, in January 2024. She enjoys photography and visiting art museums, cemeteries, gardens, the woods, mountains, and historic river towns.
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.
Katerina Stoykova
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Katerina Stoykova is the author of several books, most recently Between a Bird Cage and a Bird House (University Press of Kentucky, 2024) and The Poet's Guide to Publishing: How to Conceive, Arrange, Edit, Publish and Market a Book of Poetry (McFarland, 2024).
Reason for signing up:
I need to write a few new poems, y'all!
Kathleen Bauer
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Kathleen Bauer is a Lexington native poet who is currently a Creative Writing and Advertising & Public Relations double major at Susquehanna University. She is an alum of the SCAPA Literary Arts program. Kathleen is excited to be returning for her second Lexington Poetry Month.
Reason for signing up:
Why not?
Katie
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Katie has always enjoyed poetry and looks forward to writing poetry daily.
Reason for signing up:
I’ve heard incredible things about the LexPoMo community.
Katie Hassall
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Bio:
Katie enjoys writing poetry in her spare time and loves participating in Lexpomo. This will be her fourth year participating and she can't wait to get started.
Reason for signing up:
I love writing poetry and this gives me a reason to sit down and write every day.
Katrin Flores
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Katrin works in substance use disorder research; loves crochet, thrifting, and naps in the sun; and is a writer coming out of hibernation!
Reason for signing up:
Because it's June! And also I made a goal to write 10 poems I'm proud of this year :-)
Katrina Rolfsen
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Katrina is a writer of anything and everything. Sometimes she’s an aspiring novelist, other times a wanderlust poet, and still others a theme park blogger. What remains the same is her love for the written word. When she’s not writing in an embossed notebook at her sunroom window or furiously tapping out a poem in a Disney World queue, Katrina loves to read, dream, and spend time with friends and family.
Reason for signing up:
This is my third year of LexPoMo! I loved the first two, and I’m excited to write and read more poetry!
Kel Proctor
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Kel is an undergraduate student at Bellarmine University majoring in English and minoring in both Creative Writing and Women and Gender Studies. Kel is published in Ariel Literary Magazine and The White Squirrel and was runner up in the Annette Allen Poetry Contest.
Reason for signing up:
Some of my friends mentioned LexPoMo to me and I figured this was the best way to ensure that I write poetry over the summer!
Kelsey Woods
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Kelsey (she/they) is a multi-published poet; fan of naps; big fan of the color blue; and wears a lot of cardigan sweaters.
Reason for signing up:
I feel like I've been in a rut with my writing recently and need to push myself out of my comfort zone.
Kendall Brooke
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Kendall Brooke is a poet residing in Lexington, KY. In her free time you will find her lounging with her partner, Michael and their two dogs, Lola and Goose.
Reason for signing up:
I have signed up the last few years and always look forward to participating again!
Kerfoot
Bio:
Someone like you
Reason for signing up:
For the push to write daily and to read/share with others
Kevin Nance
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Kevin Nance is a poet, journalist and photographer in Lexington. His new book of photographs, GENEVA'S GARDEN: FOUR SEASONS OF BEAUTY IN LEXINGTON'S GRATZ PARK, is just out. His poetry collection SMOKE is forthcoming from Accents Publishing in 2025.
Reason for signing up:
I love giving and getting feedback!
Kiitan Adedeji
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Kiitan Adedeji served as the 2023 Lexington Youth Poet Laureate. She is a rising junior at Lafayette High School as a SCAPA Literary Arts Major and in the Pre-Engineering Program. She engages in her schools, Black Student Union, Multi-Cultural Association, and is the president of Y-Club. When Kiitan is not writing, you can find her staring at the fish in her aquarium, raving about matcha tea and thinking about something new to write.
Reason for signing up:
I love poetry
Kim Kayne Shaver
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Kim Shaver lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where she continues to expand her perennial garden and life—never certain what will pop up from year to year or who will build a nest using tiny bits of neighborhood laundry lint on the back deck. She earned a poetic license from the MFA program at Spalding University. However, had been writing for years before, but was never pulled over for a broken headlight or a far-fetched mixed metaphor.
Reason for signing up:
Doing this every June keeps me observant of the poems that happen each and everyday and brings forth the poems that have been bubbling about all year long.
kj
Bio:
she/they KJ likes to write sometimes.
Reason for signing up:
I always need more practice writing.
Kris Gillis
Bio:
Kris teaches high school English and lives near a river.
Reason for signing up:
At this point, this is what I must do in June.
Kristina Johnson
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Kristina Johnson is a writer and poet who explores themes of resilience and the human experience. As a single mother with a Bachelor of Arts in Administration and a Juris Doctorate, her poetry reflects her personal journey and offers insights into life's complexities. Through her evocative imagery and heartfelt storytelling, Kristina's poetry captures the essence of the human spirit.
Reason for signing up:
My son was in your class and told me about this. It's something we are going to do together.
Kungfuashley
Bio:
𓆝 𓆟 𓆞 𓆟 𓆝
Reason for signing up:
🤍
KW
Bio:
Back again to further hone my poetry, challenge myself to daily writing and hopefully, to share something that may resonate with others. I am a mother, a teacher, a writer, a daughter and a friend.
Reason for signing up:
Learning is growing and practicing is mindfulness.
L. Holbrook
Bio:
My name is Lauren Holbrook and I am 35 years old. I am the mother of 2 teenagers, and I have custody of my niece. My children are my world. I love spending time with my family, reading, and enjoying the small things in life.
Reason for signing up:
I love to write and it's a way to express myself. I have recently started writing again and found the joy I once had writing my thoughts down.
l. jōnz
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Lover
Dreamer
Poet
Witness
Loved
Reason for signing up:
To write in beloved community❤️