- Associated Press - Monday, April 27, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky’s newest poet laureate is a Harlan County native who now lives in Lexington.

George Ella Lyon was inducted last week as the state’s newest poet laureate. The position promotes the literary arts around Kentucky. The position has been appointed by the governor since 1995.

Lyon will hold the job for two years. She succeeds Frank X. Walker, who was appointed in 2013.

Lyon says she hopes to “remind people that they have a voice and invite them to tell those stories. To do so is deeply healing.”

She was recently inducted at a ceremony in Frankfort.

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