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Kentucky School for the Blind students publishing anthology of stories, oral histories, photos

Book will be available in November

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 21, 2016) — Seven students from Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) in Louisville are releasing the first-ever professionally published anthology written by blind and visually-impaired teenagers. The book, “We Can Hear You Just Fine: Clarifications from the Kentucky School for the Blind,” includes original essays, oral histories from interviews conducted by the authors and almost 100 photographs. It is scheduled for publication in November.

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Clockwise from top left: Madelyn Loyd, Kianna Waller, Cherish Willis, Selena Tirey, Haley Hall, Matthew Caudill, and Shane Lowe.

The book was a project of the Louisville Story Program (LSP), which helps historically underrepresented Louisville residents tell their stories, in their words. LSP provides extensive writing workshops and editorial support that culminates in documentary books about often overlooked aspects of Louisville’s community, culture and history.

Three versions of the book are expected to be released, including one for sighted readers. The book will be available in Louisville bookstores or online at http://louisvillestoryprogram.org/store.

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH), which for more than 150 years has been a national leader in producing accurate, high-quality publications for readers who are blind, will produce and distribute the braille and large print editions of the book.

Each author will receive a $500 advance on royalties. Revenues from future book sales will support the efforts of more people whose voices are often unheard as they partner with the Louisville Story Program to develop books, exhibits, and radio stories about their lives and communities.

The project was made possible with the support of the Kentucky Arts Council, the Snowy Owl Foundation, the Arthur K. Smith Family Foundation, the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation, Brown-Forman, the Gilbert Foundation and the sales of previous LSP books. 

KSB students involved in the project are:

  • Haley Hall, Breckinridge County
  • Shane Lowe, Jefferson County
  • Madelyn Loyd, Daviess County, former KSB student now attending school in Daviess Co.
  • Selena Tirey, Hopkins County, 2016 KSB graduate
  • Kianna Waller, Franklin County, 2016 KSB graduate
  • Matthew Caudill, Perry County, 2016 KSB graduate
  • Cherish Willis, Graves County, 2015 KSB graduate