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.



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.




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.”