Saturday April 22, Sunday, April 23, 2006
R. Stoneback and the
Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society from New York will be joining us again
this year. Dr. Stoneback is a Distinguished Professor of
English at State University of New York at New Paltz. He is the
recipient of the state of New York 2004 Distinguished Writer Award and
author of eight books.
Dr. H.R. Stoneback
KY Writer's Day Show - performances by
Dawn Lane Osborn, and other
Kentucky Writers' Day Musicians. Dawn is a poet, song writer, and
musician and performs professionally.
Dawn Lane Osborn
Emcee for the weekend will be Terry Ward,
journalist, historian and Chair of the Humanities at
College in Springfield, Kentucky.
List of Other Writers and Performers
B. Trollinger is the author of Perfect Timing, a
children's book about three-time Kentucky Derby winner Isaac
Murphy. Patsi, a graduate of Emory & Henry College in
Virginia, directed the news service at Centre College in Danville
and hosted the media hall for the 2000 vice presidential debate.
Ed McClanahan is a native of Brookville,
Kentucky. A graduate of Miami University in Ohio and the
University of Kentucky, he has taught English and creative
writing at Oregon State University, Stanford University, the
University of Montana, the University of Kentucky and Northern
Kentucky University. His books include The Natural
Man (a novel), Famous People I Have Known, A Congress
of Wonders, and My Vita, If You Will. McClanahan
is now working on a novel, The Return of the Son of Needmore.
Cason--song writer, singer, and book writer--is President/Owner
of Southern Writers Group, USA, a unique collection of writer-owned
publishing catalogs, and Creative Workshop recording studio in
Nashville, Tennessee. He has recently formed his own Rock-a-billy
style band, "BC and the Dartz" and is the author of The
Adventures of Buzz Cason -- Living the Rock 'N Roll Dream.
After a career in advertising, public relations and editing,
Elizabeth Shear Orndorff of Danville, KY, began writing
fiction. Her stories have appeared in Potomac Review,
Palo Alto Review and Silent Voices, among others.
In 2006 she was a finalist for the John Steinbeck Award given by
Reed Magazine. She is the recipient of an Artist
Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women for her
play The Bathroom Cleaner, which was given a stage reading
at the 2006 Juneteenth Legacy Theatre in Louisville.
|Barbara Fischer's stories have appeared in
journals including The Tampa Review, The Louisville
Review, The Sycamore Review, and Wind Magazine.
She has been a recipient of the Kentucky Writers' Coalition Fiction
Award, and was awarded best story of the year in the EKU literary
review, The Chaffin Journal; and best story of the year in
The Willow Review's Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition.
||Mike Tuttle worked with "The Legend of
Daniel Boone" for four years, serving as Producer and Sound
Designer. Mike currently produces two podcasts -- White Line
Radio and Sky Pieces Radio.
A. Nelson is managing editor of The Advocate-Messenger,
an afternoon daily newspaper based in Danville, KY. He has a
Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Eastern Kentucky
University, where he serves on the advisory boards of both the
Department of Mass Communications and the Eastern Progress,
the student newspaper. In January 2006 John received the Russ Metz
Most Valuable Member Award from the Kentucky Press Association's
outgoing president. He was also recipient of the Bingham
Freedom of Information Award from the KPA in coordination with The
Courier Journal in Louisville. Nelson is 2006 president of
the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Mary Christine Delea's book
Holding up the Sky was published in
February 2006 by Main Street Rag Publishing in North Carolina.
She is originally from Long Island, NY, but has lived all over the
US and now lives in Richmond, KY. She teaches in the Creative
Writing program at Eastern Kentucky University. Her poems can
also be found in Sincerely Elvis, a 2005 anthology of poems
about Elvis Presley, on line at Verse Daily, and upcoming in
Coal City Review, Feile-Festa, Weber Studies, and Paterson
Andy Rice, a native of Pulaski
County, Kentucky currently resides in Boyle County with his wife
Jane. Andy's musical inspiration comes from his uncle, who
bring his guitar to family gatherings and perform for the family.
Andy's mother Geneva Rice was also an inspiration as she also
played the guitar and sang. Andy has written two songs,
"Which Way to Pray" and "Slipped and Fell in Love". Andy also
played guitar and sang solo in a country band named "Andy and the
Dandy's" in the early 1980s. In the '80s and '90s he played
with "The Kings Mt. Bluegrass Boys."
||Eastern Kentucky University Foundation Professor
Harry Brown has been called "an absolute original" and "a poet who
deserves to be read" by Steven Cope, a fellow poet. His 37
years of work is chronicled in "Felt Along the Blood: New and
Selected Poems." Since 1970 he has taught American literature
and creative writing at Eastern Kentucky University, where he has
also co-directed seminars funded by the Kentucky Humanities Council
and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Tomlinson has published short fiction in Five Points, Nougat
Magazine, and Shenandoah Review. He was awarded a 2005 Al
Smith Fellowship for Fiction by the Kentucky Arts Council.
His short story collection, Things Kept, Things Left Behind,
received the 2006 Iowa Short Fiction Award and will be published in
the fall. Jim grew up in a small Illinois town, but now lives
in Berea with his wife fiber artist Gin Petty.
Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society will be part of the events,
in conjunction with their conference at St. Catherine College in
Growing up on Sugar Hill Farm,
Vanessa Baker Ruda enjoyed a unique and fascinating childhood
that provides the setting for many entertaining stories.
These experiences have now become The Adventures of Johnathon
Peter, her latest book. Vanessa is a graduate of the
University of Kentucky with a degree in Agriculture, as well as one
in Vocational Education. She is a teacher at the Danville
Christian Academy, a tutor, and assists her husband in the family
business, Ruda Family Chiropractic.
||Christina Lovin's writing has
appeared in Harvard Summer Review, Entelechy International, The
Mid-America Poetry Review, New Southerner and other
publications. Her poetry manuscript, What We Burned for
Warmth was selected a semi-finalist for the Backwaters Press
2006 Poetry Prize. Lovin was a recipient of both an Al Smith
Professional Assistance Grant and a Professional Development Grant
from the Kentucky Arts Council. She will be a residency
fellow at the Vermont Studio Center in the spring of 2006. A
resident of Lancaster, KY, she teaches college writing classes in
and around Lexington.
Bramel refers to Marion County, Kentucky, as "home." He
loves Kentucky, Robert Penn Warren, and Louisville, where he
currently lives, farms and writes. He has read at the Rudyard
Kipling. After a period of research and study in
Thailand, he returned to Kentucky in late March 2006. This
will be his first reading at Penn's Store.
||Glenn D. Metzger has been
performing music for most of his 58 years, beginning with church
choirs from age six. After taking up violin at ten and guitar
at twelve, he played folk and rock and roll through his teen years
and while majoring in music in college. A long hiatus to
attend to family duties was followed by a return to performing,
both solo and with small groups and a contemporary church music
band. Now, in the words of one of his songs, he's "playing
bars, playing jails, anywhere the ship sails."
Hamilton is director of Lebanon & Marion County Tourism. He
is the former sports editor, former news editor and former editor
of The Lebanon Enterprise.
Harrison-Pace is an author, dance poet and missionary. Her latest
book is Wing-plucked Butterfly.
Viki Pidgeon loves Ireland!
A graduate of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Viki
and her husband Barney travel back and forth between the US and
Ireland. Each trip, as
they traveled through towns and villages, they fall more in love
with the land, its people, and its heritage. Vikki is now the
author of Deliciously Irish, a collection of prized culinary
recipes collected for the everyday cook.
Dampier of Georgetown, Kentucky is the author of Finding the
Fifties. A Nicholas County native, he is a graduate of
the University of Kentucky with a degree in Commerce. He
served 40 years in state government and since retirement has been a
volunteer guide at the UK Basketball Museum, the Kentucky
History Center and currently serves on the task force of the
Kentucky Watershed Watch, an environmental protection program.
|Virginia (Gigi) Ragland Biles
is the author of A Child's Garden of Blessings, published by
Publications International, Ltd, in April 2005. After 32
teaching Gigi retired to pursue a writing career. A Danville
native, she acts and directs in the West T. Hill Community Theatre.
She has had stories published in many collections of children's
stories and enjoys going to schools and reading or talking about
the writing process.
||Linda S. Prather was born in
Kentucky and is a resident
of Lexington. Her greatest desire as a writer is to write
characters that readers love, hate, laugh and cry with. She
loves learning -- period. She received an associate degree in
metaphysics in 1992 and has become a Certified Clinical
Hypnotherapist. Her first novel, The Gifts,
incorporated metaphysics into fiction.
G. Davis had an early interest in photography and received a
camera for his tenth birthday. He studied under Fox Studio
for several years in the applications of light. He also did a
study of lighthouses in Michigan and along the East Coast.
Just recently he went on a tour of shooting landscapes in Texas and
spent a length of time in the Big Bend National Park. See his
work at www.1rgdphoto.com.
Gatewood Galbraith is
an attorney in Lexington, Kentucky. He is a well-known
political figure in Kentucky and has written his autobiography
The Last Free Man in America: Meets the Synthetic Subversion.
Scott Gower is a
native of Central Kentucky. He is a songwriter and musician
who has spent the past two years traveling to various areas of the
country studying the music and music techniques synonymous with
||Dr. Gregg Neikirk is a literature professor
at Westfield State College, Westfield, Massachusetts, as well as a
musician. There he teaches writing, American and British
Literature, songwriting and Journalism. He performs with the
Faculty Jazz Band as a guitarist. A graduate of Centre
College in Danville, Kentucky, he earned his MA and Ph.D. at the
University of Kentucky. Neikirk is the former news editor of
the Harrodsburg Herald, Harrodsburg, Kentucky and a native
of Danville. He is Vice-President of The Elizabeth Madox
|Blues guitarist Jonny Bramel is
a Louisville resident and native of Lebanon, Kentucky. Bramel
attends the University of Louisville but is presently on leave,
studying guitar styles to further his career and love of music.
||Ramona Powers lives in
Springfield, KY where she owns and operates a music store called
the The Musicians Playground. She has played and sung music
since she was eight years old, and was lead singer and rhythm
guitarist in the band Night Owls when she was twenty years old.
For more information contact Jeanne Penn Lane at
Store (859) 332-7706 or (859) 332-7715, or
It is best to call ahead to check times and
257 Penn's Store Road
Gravel Switch, Kentucky 40328
859-332-7715 or 859-332-7706
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