George Ella Lyon

Writer & Teacher

George Ella Lyon is the author of four books of poetry, a novel, a memoir, and a short story collection, as well as thirty-eight books for young readers. Her honors include an Al Smith Fellowship, fellowships to the Hambidge Center for the Arts, numerous grants from The Kentucky Foundation for Women, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and a feature in the PBS series, The United States of Poetry. Her books have been chosen for the Chafiin Award, the Appalachian Book of the Year Award, the Aesop Prize, ALA’s Schneider Family Book Award, the Jane Addams Honor Book, the Golden Kite Award, the New York Public Library’s Best Book for Teens list, and the Parents’ Choice Silver Medal. 

Her newest books are Voices from the March on Washington, co-written with J. Patrick Lewis, and Boats Float! co-written with her son, Benn, and illustrated by Mick Wiggins. A native of Harlan County, Kentucky, Lyon works as a freelance writer and teacher based in Lexington. For more information, go to