Karen Lyon Says Farewell to Literary Hill

After 20 Years, the Founder of Literary BookFest Says Farewell to Her Column

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Karen Lyon, pictured with her spouse and frequent photographer Ed McMahon, says goodbye to her columns this Month. Courtesy: K. Lyon

After more than 20 years, I am submitting my final column this month. It’s been a grand run, but it’s time for me to retire.

I’m pleased to announce that, starting in January, Michelle LaFrance, who teaches writing at George Mason University, will be taking over the Literary Hill,and award-winning poet Sandra Beasley will be coordinating the Poetic Hill. They are both eminently qualified and eager to continue with the community-minded advocacy for local writers that has guided me all these years.

My eternal gratitude to the Hill Rag for all their support: to Melissa Ashabranner for getting me started and standing by me, to Andrew Lightman for keeping me going, and to Jason Yen and his graphics crew for always making me look good.

Thanks to the Hill Rag’s loyal readers and to the hundreds of local writers who have shared their books with me and provided me with such great material.

And special thanks to my husband, Ed McManus, who was my photographer in the early days, who listened to more book synopses than any human being should ever have to endure, and who has been and always will be my ballast and my mainstay.

Heartfelt thanks to you all.

December is the last month Karen Lyon writes Literary Hill. You’ll find reviews of Hill books this month here. Read this great interview Saavy Verse and Wit did with Karen Lyon last year here.