CCAA Spotlights

The Carnegie Center Author Academy is designed to support students as they prepare their work for publication. Featured below are works published by Author Academy students both past and current.


Jennifer Caldwell, class of 2017-18, received first prize in the Carnegie Center’s 2018 Flash Fiction Writing Contest with her piece “Graveyard Meetin’.” She also received an honorable mention in the same contest for the piece “The Storm.”

Janet Steele Holloway, class of 2015-16, published her second memoir, Leaving: Sometimes You Have to Leave, in July 2017.  Leaving tells of the author’s leaving the coal camps of southwest West Virginia and heading for New York City. Her life in NYC, Detroit, and finally, Lexington, KY, includes working in East Harlem on the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated; being a classroom teacher in Detroit and being faced with telling her class that President Kennedy had been killed; landing in Lexington in 1990 to lead the KY Small Business Development Center network, then founding Women Leading Kentucky.


Audrey Rooney, class of 2015-16 marked the debut of her poetry book Fountains for Orpheus (Accents Publishing) with a reading at the Carnegie Center in August, 2016. She was mentored by Katerina Stoykova.

For the 2017 Poetry Gauntlet (Christopher McCurry presiding) she met the workshop’s challenge to finish 100 poems. Three are fruits of “Writing Poems About Art,” a ten-week class at the Carnegie Center offered by Jeff Worley and Jeff’s brother and art historian Michael Worley. Image and prosody made acquaintance, eyes and ears opened wide, and we did laugh. Two new manuscripts, working titles Boundary Waters and Four Score, hope to see daylight in 2018.



Sallie Showalter, class of 2017-18, is the co-editor of The Last Resort: Journal of a Salt River Camp 1942-43, published in August 2017 by Murky Press. Richard Taylor, former Kentucky Poet Laureate, said of the journal’s author: “John C. Goodlett, with deep roots in small-town Kentucky and the natural world, is Kentucky’s emerging Thoreau, his journal a snapshot of an era of pre-war innocence in which bird calls and fishing in Salt River, identifying plants and shooting grackles, are a rehearsal for a career in plant geography as well as the upheaval of global war.”