Lennie Hay discusses Lost in America with Katerina Stoykova

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Wednesday, July 24, 2024 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Carmichael's Bookstore is excited to host Lennie Hay for her debut poetry collection, Lost in America. She will be joined in conversation by Katerina Stoykova.

About the Authors

Lennie Hay is the author of Lost in America (Broadstone Books, 2024), her first poetry collection.  She grew up in the Midwest living between two cultures—Chinese immigrants and Ukrainian German farmers. She now lives half of the year on the banks of the Ohio River in Southern Indiana and half of the year in Indian Shores, Florida. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Minnesota, master’s and doctorate degrees in education from the University of Louisville and an MFA in poetry from Spalding University.  For more than 40 years, Lennie worked as a teacher, principal, district leader and educational consultant. She grew up studying piano and pipe organ and indulges her love of jazz and classical music whenever and wherever  possible.  Lennie’s work has been published in various regional, national, and international print and online journals such as The Louisville Review, AccentsShanghai Literary Review, The Heartland Review, and City Lights e Magazine among others.  Additionally, her work was included in a 2019 literary anthology Boom and in the 2024 Florida Bards Poetry Anthology.  


Katerina Stoykova is a Bulgarian-American poet and translator celebrated for her work in both languages and the author of many books, most recently Between a Bird Cage and a Bird House (University Press of Kentucky, 2024) and The Poet's Guide to Publishing: How to Conceive, Arrange, Edit, Publish and Market a Book of Poetry (McFarland, 2024). Katerina is the founder and senior editor of Accents Publishing, as well as the creator of the Accents podcast on WUKY. Katerina currently serves as a Director of the Kentucky Book Festival, as well as the Director for the Center for the Book in Kentucky.

About the Book

Lost In America chronicles the pain and joy of navigating life in America as the daughter of an immigrant Chinese father and German mother. Using the lens of ambiguous personal identity, the narrator confronts various societal fault lines: language, culture, privilege and exclusion, lies and truth-telling, home and rootlessness, youth and aging.

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Carmichael's Bookstore is excited to host Lennie Hay for her latest poetry collection, Lost in America. She will be joined in conversation by Katerina Stoykova.