Carnegie Center Update

The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning supports the literary arts in the Lexington area and throughout the Commonwealth.

Neil Chethik, who served as executive director, retired in March, and the Center recently announced the appointment of Shayla Lynch as the new executive director.

Programs of particular interest to writers that were developed during Chethik’s ten years of leadership include the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, a books-in-progress conference, an author academy, and the Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative. Several KSPS poets teach at Carnegie and many more members attend events or hone their skills in the Center’s classes and academies.

Chethik, a former journalist and author of two non-fiction books about the psychology of men, will continue to teach at Carnegie and remain active in its outreach programs and in the Kentucky literary community. We appreciate what he has brought to Carnegie and wish him well in his retirement.

Shayla Lynch, a graduate of Centre College, holds a law degree from the University of Louisville. Her professional career includes extensive experience with non-profit organizations in both fundraising and administration. She is passionate about the roles non-profits can play in delivering community services and is committed to Carnegie’s goal “to empower people to explore and express their voices through writing, reading, and the arts.” We are pleased to welcome Shayla Lynch. 

–Mary Allen

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