Monday, August 31, 2009

New Carnegie Center Class

Reflective Writing for Busy Professionals

Leatha Kendrick

Wednesdays, September 23-November 4

As overscheduled professionals we lose the reflective space in which to make sense of our life experiences and make meaning from them. This 50-minute class will allow a weekly space for reflection, facilitated by a writer and focused on the restorative power of the imagination.

Feel free to contact us if you are interested in signing up. 859.254.4175 or Sign up online here.



Friday, August 28, 2009

CLOSED today

The Carnegie Center is CLOSED today for a staff professional development day. We're sorry for the inconvenience. We will reopen on Saturday morning at 10 AM.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

New Class Schedules are In!

The Fall 2009 class schedule has finally arrived at the Carnegie Center. We are so thrilled to share with you our new logo and look. Thank you for your patience as we went through the lengthy design process. It was all worth it, though, when we saw the final product.

Feel free to stop by to pick one up if you'd like a hard copy or check it out on the web. If you'd like a stack to take to your business or friends, we can do that as well.

If you are on our mailing list, you should receive a schedule in the mail very soon!

We are excited to welcome you back here this fall.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Carnegie Center in the News

Check out the interview with Eric Sutherland, Carnegie Center's upcoming Saturday seminar instructor in the Herald Leader. Find it here! Here are the details for his seminar:

The Pen as Sword: Writing as Activism

Saturday Aug. 29 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Cost: $25

Taught by Eric Sutherland

Join poet and Holler Poet Series founder Eric Sutherland as we explore writing as a tool for activism. We’ll revisit works by well-known and lesser-known writers who have used the pen to confront a broad spectrum of political and social issues. Participants should come prepared to create their own piece of activist art.

Sign up here!

We hope to see you then!


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Writers Needed

The Living Arts & Science Center is preparing for their annual Day of the Dead Festival. This year, we will be holding a Calaveras exhibit in our gallery and would like to invite writers, specifically poets, to participate in the exhibit in addition to visual artists.

Recordamos (We Remember) --
an exhibition of Calaveras for the 2009 Day of the Dead Festival

The 2009 Day of the Dead Festival exhibition will focus on calaveras (skeletons or skulls), a traditional symbol of the holiday, first popularized by Mexican artist, José Guadalupe Posada, in the late 1800’s. His hand printed illustrations depicted skeletons dressed in contemporary clothes and placed in scenes that portrayed the lives and souls of everyday citizens. Humorous and satirical verse was also used to create mock “obituaries” of well known figures—even some who were still living. The poetic calaveras are often referred to as “retaliation against those who would always win while alive.” Today, la calavera has evolved into a widely practiced artform, using two- and three-dimensional skeletons and writings to depict the living as well as the dearly departed.

For more information of how you can be a part of this exhibit, contact Heather Lyons at


Friday, August 21, 2009

Another Great Reading to Attend

You are cordially invited to the North American Premiere of The Air around the Butterfly / Въздухът около пеперудата. Katerina Stoykova-Klemer will read poems in English and Bulgarian, answer questions, and sign books. Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

251 West Second Street

Lexington, KY

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer's first book, The Air Around the Butterfly, is a bilingual collection of poetry, with each poem appearing side by side in both Bulgarian and English. Originally written in English, each work has been translated by the author into her native Bulgarian. The collection is comprised of three sections: My Mother Was Going to War, E. T. and I Phone Home, and The Apple Who Wanted to Become a Pinecone.

Katerina Stoykova was born in Bourgas, Bulgaria, where she graduated from the Electronics and Electrotechnics program at the Free University of Bourgas in 1995. During the same year, she immigrated to the U.S., where she has worked as an engineer at IBM and Lexmark. She holds an MFA in poetry from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. K. Stoykova is the founder and leader of poetry and prose groups in Lexington, Kentucky. She serves as Deputy Editor in Chief of the English language edition of the online magazine Public Republic and hosts Accents – a radio show for literature, art and culture.

Katerina Stoykova ’s „The Air around the Butterfly “ is lapidary poetry, even ascetic, without excessive wordiness and stylization; poetry that intrinsically creates its own form, like an authentic confession peering into itself and into the world … Katerina Stoykova ’s American poetry is also Bulgarian, not only because it is translated by its author into Bulgarian ,but also because it introduces us to the artistic self-awareness of a new breed of Bulgarians.

Prof.Svetlozar Igov



Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mark you Calendars

You won't want to miss this event. In conjunction with the Roots and Heritage Festival, the Carnegie Center will be hosting the quilters of Gee's bend. Their story is incredible!

Quilters of Gee’s Bend
Thursday, September 3
5-7 pm at the Carnegie Center

Free and open to the public.

Presented by AGAPE Theater Troupe. The Quilters of Gee’s Bend are descendants
of 3 or 4 generations of female quilt makers. True artistry born from necessity, these
women have overcome great adversity through their love of quilt making. Mary Ann
Pettway and China Pettway will share their stories and display and offer quilts for

We hope to see you there!


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Calling All Writers

Attention Writers! We wanted to give you some info regarding a writing contest by Green River Writers of Cincinnati, OH.

It is a quick deadline of August 31, 2009, with winners being announced September 15th.

Check it out here for entry information and more details!


Monday, August 17, 2009

A Few Announcements

The Carnegie Center will be closed for a cleaning day on Friday, August 28th. That means, no Writing Practice on that date.

Also, tutoring registration has been suspended until September 1st. We are currently at intake capacity (a wonderful problem to have!) Feel free to call on or after September 1st and we will be happy to get you signed up for the program.

Fall 2009 class schedules should be arriving in mailboxes very soon! You can check out those classes online as well. Check it out here!

Hope your week starts off well.


Friday, August 14, 2009

Carnegie Center Partner Launches Website

The Carnegie Center is excited to announce the Lexington Film League's new website. Check it out here!

The Lexington Film League is partnering with the Carnegie Center this fall with great class offerings.

Little Movies
Sarah Wylie Ammerman

Saturdays, September 12-October 3
We will use the latest cinematic tools - cell phones, digital still cameras, and palmcorders - for hands-on training of the basics of movie-making through frame composition, storyline continuity, and web publishing. You’ll soon be able to make movies any time, anywhere. Bring all your own var ious pos s ible video cameras to the class, but if you don’t have any we’ll fit you up. FILM SCREENING Saturday Oct. 3 at 1:30 pm; open to the public.

The Production of Identity: A Cinematic Exploration
Michael Dean Benton

Mondays, November 2-23
Our understanding of the possibilities and limits of identity will be explored through our viewing and discussion of unique examples of world cinema. This course will include discussion and screening of films that deal with violence and sexuality.
Note: Due to the graphic content of this class, it is intended for mature participants only.

Independent Film and Contemporary Literature
Hannah LeGris & Yury Metelski

Thursdays, September 17-December 3
Come together with a dynamic group of your peers to watch interesting films and read stimulating works by contemporary authors, followed by thought-provoking discussion! The book and film list is open to direction from group members. Those in the class are encouraged to contribute to the list throughout the duration of the class, and to facilitate discussions about the books and films of their choice.

Call today to reserve your space in these classes or register here.

Congratulations, LFL!


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Reclaiming Woman: FREE Writing Workshop at the Carnegie Center

Join us for a FREE writing workshop this Saturday at the Carnegie Center.

Reclaiming Woman
Led by Donna Ison
10-2 pm
FREE Writing Workshop
as part of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference

Life takes its toll, and in the process often takes our sense of self-worth, security, hope, strength, sexuality, and true identity. Domestic violence, death of a loved one, loss of a job or home, sexual abuse, illness and aging can make us feel less than what we are. In this workshop we will face those events, write through the loss, and work to reclaim the powerful person that lies in every woman.

Selected pieces will be incorporated into a live performance on September 10 at this year’s Gypsy Poetry Slam.

Feel free to call or email for more information (859.254.4175 or

We hope to see you then!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Registration is Now Open

It is finally here! The new fall 2009 class schedule is on the web. Check it out here! We are so excited to share the new design with you.

Call or email to register (859.254.4175 or Classes will fill up fast, so don't delay!

Hope to talk to you soon!


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

We need your help!

Hey Readers,

We want your help! As you can see, we have given the blog a new look, but we would like to make it more accessible, interactive and fun..

If you could take a few minutes to answer some questions or throw out suggestions, that would be wonderful.

  1. How did you first discover the blog?
  2. Do you like the new look?
  3. As either a regular Carnegie patron or as someone has never visited the Center, what information would you like to see on the blog?

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to bookmark this page or "Follow" us on Blogspot!

Have a wonderful afternoon!


Katherine, CCLL Office Manager & Resident Blogger

Fatimah, CCLL Tutoring Coordinator & Twitter Master

Kitchen Poem

The Carnegie Center's Shakespeare Cafe Kitchenette has a community poetry board in it. Passers-by each add a line to a poem, generated by a written prompt. Here is their latest creation:

a Carnegie Center Community piece

fresh cut grass,
running through the sprinkler.
lightening bugs like floating lights
warm summer breeze and a clear blue sky
evening storms pop and flash
and dawn prismatic flowers wakes

Stop by the Shakespeare Cafe anytime for a spot to read or work. We encourage you to participate in the poetry board, too.

Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Carnegie Center in the News

Check it out! Carnegie Center's Back to School Bash in the news.

Stay tuned! Fall 2009 class schedule to go live soon! I'll keep you posted.


More Camp Carnegie Photos

Here are some more photos from this summer's Camp Carnegie sessions. The students had a wonderful time exploring downtown, studying architecture, writing, performing, creating art and more!

We hope to see campers again this fall for other classes and workshops!