Queer Author Panel at Lexington Pride

Join us at 1:00PM at Lexington Pride for a Queer Author Panel. Stacy Jane Grover (Tar Hollow Trans: Essays), Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr. (Gay Poems for Red States) and Carnegie Board member Savannah Sipple (WWJD and Other Poems) will read from their debut books. Author and Carnegie Center instructor Jay McCoy will moderate the panel. This panle is brought to you by Read With Pride, the Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning, and the Lexington Pride Center.


Stacy Jane Grover grew up as a pastor’s kid in Southeast Ohio in a large farming family. Before becoming a writer, Stacy went to school for culinary arts & hotel/restaurant management and managed in the service industry for over a decade. She then earned an MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati. Her essays have appeared in Belt PublishingEntropy magazine, The Grief Diaries, Heart Online, and InsideHigherEd. and have garnered a Best American Essays notable mention.

Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr. is an advisor, educator, public speaker, author, and the 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Carver also serves as a board member of the Kentucky Youth Law Project (which helps LGBTQ youth in Kentucky with legal needs), the editorial advisory board of the Appalachian Futures Series of the University Press of Kentucky, and is a re-occurring co-host and contributing board member of Progress Kentucky.

Savannah Sipple is the author of WWJD & Other Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019), which was included on the American Library Association's Over the Rainbow Recommended LGBTQ Reading List. It explores what it is to be a queer woman in Appalachia and is rooted in its culture and in her body. A writer from east Kentucky, her writing has been published in Salon, Go Magazine, Southern Cultures, Split This Rock, and other places. She is also the recipient of grants from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. A professor, editor, writing mentor, and Carnegie Center Board Memberm Savannah resides in Lexington with her wife.

Jay McCoy has served the local writing community for years through Carnegie’s Q-Munity LGBTQIA+ reading & writing group, mentoring, teaching classes, and co-hosting open mic series.

June 24th, 2023
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Central Bank Convention Center
430 W Vine St, Lexington, KY 40507

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