Seven days of Celebrating writers
beginning Sunday, April 27, 2014 and
ending the full weekend of May 23-25, 1014
For a complete schedule of events, click here.



Dr. H. R. Stoneback and the Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society from New York will be joining us again this year. 

H. R. Stoneback
is Distinguished Professor of English at the State University of New York. As Honorary President of the Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society, every year he leads dozens of students from New York and many other states (including France!) to Kentucky to study Roberts, one of Kentucky's greatest writers, and to participate in the annual Roberts Conferences held at St. Catharine College (and other venues in Springfield and Harrodsburg) every April since 1999. In addition, Roberts Society members have participated in the Penn's Store Kentucky Writers Day programs for over a decade.  Stoneback is the author or editor of 30 books, roughly half poetry and half literary studies.

Dr. H. R. Stoneback

KY Writers in Celebration performances by Dawn Lane Osborn, and other Songwriters in Celebration. 
Dawn is a poet, song writer, and musician and performs professionally.

 Guest Appearance Bluegrass Kick-off Winner -
Phillip Clarkson

Phillip Clarkson is a Singer, Songwriter & Musician from Bradfordsville, KY.  He has won many songwriting awards including First Place Awards in The Las Vegas Songwriting Association and Songwriters of Wisconsin contests.  Most recently, Phillip won first place in the 2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff Singer/Songwriter contest. In February of this year, Phillip appeared on Tim Farmer’s Homemade Jam T.V. show that aired on KET-KY.  Phillip has performed for many years in many different bands and also does a solo acoustic show.  You can catch his solo show at The Old Talbott Tavern in Bardstown, KY.  He recently joined the 68 Drifters band that performs every Saturday night at the 68 Jamboree in Lebanon, KY.  Phillip also runs a Recording Studio from his home in Lebanon, KY where he records demos for songwriters from all across the country.  Several of his songs have been picked up and recorded by independent artists.  You can find Phillip on Facebook and you can listen and purchase some of Phillip’s music at: www.cdbaby.com/Artist/PhillipClarkson.

(There is no fee charged to meet and greet with the authors)
From the cotton fields of the Egypt Plantation in Bentonia, Mississippi, to a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee.

In a small town located in Central Kentucky, was an old Cinder Block building, which stood on a back street of a town called Lebanon. The correct name was Water Street, the nick name was “Back Street” the old building was the home of Club Cherry where the black folk went to party. Though it is not mentioned as one of the stops on the well known “Chitlin Circuit” it was very much a part of the journey.

Here a man who was born the son of a Sharecropper, with barely a fourth grade education, became one of the most recognized men in the town of Lebanon, Kentucky and in all the surrounding counties because he was the manager of the famed black night club called “Club Cherry” where entertainers from Otis Redding to Count Bassie played their music long before they became famous.  Reminisce with him as he tells of his journey and the Hall of Fame Entertainers he booked long before they were Hall of Famers.

William F. "Billy" Reed
Louisville, Kentucky
National Award-Winning Newspaper and Magazine Journalist,
Radio Talk Show Host

Public Speaker, Investigative Reporter, Communications

Author of 12 books

Dave Shuffett is a nine-time Emmy Award nominee, winner of a national TELLY AWARD.  Is host and producer of KET's weekly series "KENTUCKY LIFE" and co-host of the popular new  KET series, "KENTUCKY COLLECTIBLES".  He is also the bi-monthly “Great Outdoors” columnist and photographer for Kentucky Living magazine.   Shuffett was the host and producer for the long running "KENTUCKY AFIELD".  On the national level he was owner and host of "Outdoors with Dave Shuffett" airing on broadcast stations as well The Outdoor Channel.  This is his first book.

Author of


Ben Woodward
, a native of Lexington, Kentucky is an explorer, international traveler, and Storyteller.  His career includes working as an engineer, a marketing manager, a technical writer, and running his own marketing consulting firm. He helped start a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky and was its first executive director. He later worked for the national Habitat for Humanity in Eastern Kentucky. He is a member of SCBWI and attends a local writers critique group and is a member of the local Spellbinders storytelling organization.  Ben and wife Lynda reside in Lexington, Kentucky.  www.BooksByBen.com
Maurice Manning was a Guggenheim fellow for 2011-2012.  His fourth book of poetry, The Common Man, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2011.  Manning teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and at Transylvania University in Lexington.  Most recently Manning received the Lee Smith Award from Lincoln Memorial University.  His next book, The Gone and the Going Away, will be published in the spring of 2013.
50 Years of Exile: A Band in Transition author Randy Westbrook and former members of The Exiles will be performing and signing from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.  Westbrook is a professor at Eastern Kentucky University and Bluegrass Community and Technical College.  The book was published through Acclaim Press.   Westbrook and some of the former Exile band members will provide some live music at the signing.
Eric “Rick” Lee is a native of Chicago, Illinois. A second generation soldier, Rick was commissioned as an officer after completing Army ROTC at the University of Alabama. He subsequently served eight years with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and the 3rd Armored Division in Germany. Rick’s awards include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation, Southwest Asia and National Defense Medals as well as the Parachutist and Air Assault Badges.  A veteran of the Gulf War, he is an affiliate of the 761st Tank Battalion & Allied Veteran’s Association as well as a member of the Central Kentucky World War II Roundtable. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a Masters degree from Murray State University. Rick’s father served in both World War II and the Korean War.  Rick has worked in the civilian arena in various management and technical positions. He is privileged to be the father of four children and has been married to his wife Mary for 28 years.   He is author of the book Tribute to Valor and Courage. The nonfiction work chronicles the lives of several veterans of World War II and the former last known living American veteran from World War I.

James Higdon
has worked for the Courier-Journal in Louisville and the New York Times.  He has contributed to The Prairie Home Companion, researched the NYPD counter-terrorism and intelligence division and is currently a contributing editor with PBS Frontline's Teharan Bureau.  He lives in Lebanon, Kentucky, and Brooklyn, New York. 

Higdon is the author of the book The Cornbread Mafia and is the first journalist subpoenaed under the Obama administration.  His book takes readers back to the 1970s and '80s and the clash between federal and local law enforcement and a band of Kentucky farmers with moonshine and pride in their bloodlines.

One quote about the book says:
"A boggling and wacky history that illuminated the shadowy area between the good guys and the bad guys, and vividly documents how far the temptations of one plant can take men ..."  -- Geoffrey Gray, author of the New York Times bestseller Skyjack: The Hunt for D. B. Cooper

Darlene Franklin Campbell is an award-winning poet and novelist from southern Kentucky. She is also a first grade teacher and visual artist. Her works include I Listened, Momma, Uncommon Clay, Looking for Pork Chop McQuade and Touched. Darlene donates portions of her royalties to aid in the fight against cancer and to fund efforts aimed at halting mountaintop removal. She holds an Master’s Degree from Lindsey Wilson College and has done post grad work at Western Kentucky University. She is proud of her Appalachian heritage and writes about the region and its people, not as an outsider looking in with romantic notions, but as one who has risen up out of the Kentucky soil, like a tree, with roots going four hundred years deep, touching long-gone Scotch Irish settlers, Native American bloodlines and Melungeon legends.

In her spare time, Darlene is an avid disciple of martial arts and enjoys spending time with friends, family and nature.



, award winning author, playwright and poet,referenced as America's Top 100 Literary African American Divas, Poet of the Year, Humanitarian Author of the Year, Adjunct Reporter for University of Southern California's Institute of Genetic Medicine Art Museum, Guest Columnist Advocate Messenger, On-Line Arts and Education Reporter for Examiner, Guest Poet for THE CAN FACTORY of Mohnesee, Germany. Ambassador to Haiti for Arise and Shine the Light Ministries.

Eddie Price was born and reared in Daviess County, Kentucky.  He graduated from Daviess County High School, Kentucky Wesleyan College (BA), and Western Kentucky University (MA, Rank I). He taught history for 36 years in the Kentucky School System (31 years at Hancock County High School and 21 years at Owensboro Community & Technical College).  He retired in 2012 and began his career as a published author. 

His historical novel Widder's Landing was released by Acclaim Press in September 2012.  It immediately began to garner endorsements from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Humanities Speakers Bureau, the Kentucky Historical Society, and the Kentucky Department of Libraries & Archives.  In January 2013 the United States Daughters of 1812 gave him the "Spirit of 1812 Award, and Governor Steve Beshear received Price in his office where he presented him with a copy of Widder's Landing.  The Kentucky Senate presented him with a commendation, designating Widder's Landing a “Kentucky phenomenal literary achievement that will enrich the lives of many Kentuckians to come." The novel also won the Gold Medal for Best Historical Fiction" at the 2013 Readers Favorite Awards in Miami Florida.  It will soon go into a 4th printing.

Price has been presenting educational programs across the state of Kentucky and beyond--from Michigan to Florida; West Virginia to Missouri and most states in between (mostly a historical program on Kentucky in the War of 1812 and a writing program for aspiring writers.)  Many of my readers were struck by the "brush arbor" sermon in Chapter 10 of Widder's Landing They asked if the strange phenomena really did occur.  Price gleaned most of the narrative from first-hand accounts of revival-goers at the great Cane Ridge Revival of 1801; therefore he could truthfully declare that it had occurred.

That prompted him to develop a program about the revival.  It is entitled: "What I Saw at Cane Ridge!" He presents the program in three parts: a brief introduction; a 20-25 minute "eyewitness account" of what occurred, and a 15-20 minute slideshow with portraits, documents and very recent photos of Cane Ridge (meetinghouse, grounds, and museum.)   The PowerPoint program was reviewed by James Trader, Curator at Cane Ridge Meetinghouse.  The program has gone over exceptionally well and it recently attracted the attention of the folks at Bourbon County Tourism Commission and the Cane Ridge Meetinghouse and they have invited him to be the main presenter on Cane Ridge Day, June 21st 2014 at the meetinghouse.  Recently he presented the "What I Saw at Cane Ridge" program for the 125th Anniversary of Crofton Christian Church.  There were three pastors present (all have been to Cane Ridge and one even did his master’s thesis on the Great Cane Ridge Revival.)   They agreed that the program captured what they knew of the event and that they learned much about Kentucky life at that time.  Price suggests that Cane Ridge is one of the top five defining moments in Kentucky History and he encourage people to travel there to see it for themselves.  He has been affected deeply by his visits to Cane Ridge and genuinely conveys that sense of awe he felt when he strolled the grounds.  He dresses in authentic costume and brings along one of the hymns of the era; the audience is encouraged to join in.  The program is very engaging, and folks will come away with a new appreciation of early frontier faith.

Bradley D. Saum is an author and photographer who currently resides in the Bluegrass Region of central Kentucky.  A former park ranger with the National Park Service, South Dakota State Parks and Ohio State Parks,  Saum is a volunteer alumnus of the Student Conservation Association and served as instructor at Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center.

A graduate of the University of Dayton, Bradley's varied work experience ranges from wildland firefighting to law enforcement, to senior level management positions with Fortune 500 companies. Bradley has traveled the United States extensively. The Black Hills and Smoky Mountains remain special places, driving the subjects of his first two books.

Harney Peak Revealed: A Natural, Historical and Cultural Gem in South Dakota’s Black Hills (2012) [ISBN: 978-1478316756]. Harney Peak Revealed was named a Finalist in the Regional Non-Fiction category of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Clingmans Dome Revealed: A Natural, Historical and Cultural Gem in the Smoky Mountains (2014) [ISBN: 978-1494879556].
Bradley D. Saum can be reached at BradSaum@ClingmansDomeRevealed.com


Larry Sanders & BorderLine are a versatile group of musicians. If you enjoy country music, (old and new), old rock and roll, some gospel and a little bit of bluegrass, Larry Sanders and BorderLine is the of entertainers for you. They are well known for their impersonations, colorful costumes and comedy routines. If you've ever been to a Pigeon Forge or Branson music show, Larry Sanders & BorderLine are the group for you. 

They have worked with Ronnie McDowell and The Jordaniers, The Kentucky Headhunters, International folk singer Michael Jonathan and they were the band when Gary Edwards visited Kentucky. They have performed on cable and KET. Larry has been a special guest on the RFDTV broadcast of MidWest Country and Jordan Leigh Young has appeared on "The Morning Show" on CBS with Dolly Parton and has been Dolly's guest at the Grand Ole Opry.

Larry Sanders & BorderLine are known for their "Tribute to Kentucky", Patriotic and Christmas concerts. If you want "Excellence in Entertainment" for your next event, contact Larry Sanders & BorderLine.

Jim Powell
was born and reared in Washington County, Kentucky.  He has been involved with music his entire life.  He has been a member of several bands in the area including Wild Roses and Borderline.  He has been an emcee for numerous events and enjoys entertaining with a touch of comedy.  He is a licensed auctioneer and is never at a loss for words. 

Chad M. Horn is an award winning poet and author of three books.  He owns and operates KENTUCKYLIT, an independent bookstore in Harrodsburg specializing in Kentucky authors. Chad frequently appears on WRFL, WHBN, and WHIR radio programs discussing Kentucky literature, and has taught and lectured on this subject for the past eight years.

List of Other Writers and Performers

John Robinson, photographer      
Having spent his early years in the USMC, C. A. Shelley became a member of the Lexington Fire Department, retiring after 28 years of service. In 2010 he found his voice in the arts by writing and co-producing the movie Gone But Not Forgotten, the Story of the Smoke Eaters, a full length documentary chronicling the memories and experiences of his “Firefighter Brothers”. 

During the filming Shelley became so inspired that he began to write. First: A Collection of Poems, Thoughts & Short Stories about his beloved Fire Department.  Second: Wake up America Its Your Conscience Calling, 30 poems honoring the struggles that our military and their families are enduring every moment. Third: A Spiritual Awakening, 49 poems of inspiration and hope. His current book: God and Kentucky, a book of love poems about God in all His glory and Kentucky, its beauty, people and history with a touch of humor thrown in.

He calls himself a “Blue-Collar Poet”, with My God guiding this ship, putting His words in my heart, which I put to paper. I am on a mission and I have a lot to say, look for me; I’m coming to you down God’s highway.”

C. A. and his wife Rita reside at Herrington Lake, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Kathy Parrit       Kerry Casey        Joel Miller


Joel Miller. a native of Irvin, Kentucky is a multi talented singer / songwriter / musician, playing over 4 instruments and has been around music all his life.  One of his songs, MOMMA PLAYED GUITAR  tells how his mother could play any song she wanted ( until arthritis stopped the music ) ... but only in the key of "C".  Joel, wanting a guitar for his own, was told he had to learn to play "Wildwood Flower" on the guitar first.  So, his momma taught him how ... and his dad brought a new guitar to him from Northern Kentucky in a caboose on an L&N coal train.  Another song, OLD GATE ON THE HILL  tells of family reunions and gatherings held at his Great-Grandparents farm in the Sand Hill area of Estill County, and the Gate on a hill that all had to drive through to come into the farm.    Miller says that performing his songs is very difficult for him. “I am so close to the subject that the feelings that motivated me to write the song come back when I perform it.”  Joel Miller and his wife of 40 years now reside in Frankfort, Kentucky. 

KATHY PARRITT  and  KERRY CASEY  have been performing together for over a decade.  Their style is laid-back with relaxing touches of Bluegrass, folk, and gospel.   Their performances include, but not limited to, weddings, banquets, pageants, coffee houses, and church services.  In April they taped an appearance on Tim Farmer’s Homemade Jam, which will air on KET later this summer.

Both Kathy and Kerry are teachers at Franklin County High School.  Kathy and husband Ron are the parents to two children, Jake and Olivia.    Kerry and wife Ruth, are the parents to one son, Brian.

By the Bushel is a Americana, Folk-rock band out of the Elizabethtown, KY area. They entertain with great original tunes with catchy hooks, amazing harmonies and soaring solos. They have truly something for everyone.  The group is composed of: Sean Johnson (vocals/guitar/bass), Mark DeWitt (vocals/guitar/harmonica), Kim Weber (vocals/guitar/piano), Andrew Critchelow (Electric Guitar/keyboard) and Todd Brandes (drums/percussion).

A Warren County, Kentucky native, reared in Louisville, AMY BECKWITH currently resides in Daytona Beach,  Florida and is an exhibited folk artist (several public and private gallery exhibits).   She was highly influenced through the poetry and music of her father, Donnie Charles Watson and the artistic talents of her mother, Florence Lynne May Sikora.  Beckwith is a DAR member, mother of 3, historic preservationist and related to half of the Forkland area (several times over) including the owners of Historic Penn's Store.

For more about Amy and her father,
click here.

Brenda Smith Edwards worked for 42 years at the Advocate-Messenger in Danville, Kentucky before retiring in 2007.  She covered news in Boyle and surrounding counties and began writing historical and genealogical features for the Sunday Looking Back page in the early 1980s.  She has written more than 1400 articles and continues as a contributing writer for the newspaper.  She also helped gather and compile information for seven books.  She gives the credit for her love of Kentucky history to her former editor, the late Enos Swain, one of Kentucky’s greatest historians.  Brenda has just compiled many of her articles into a book named It’s history from Brenda’s notebook. 

Brenda is a native of Cleveland, Virginia, a small railroad town on the Clinch River.  Her ancestors settled there in Russell County in the late 1700s.  Brenda came to Kentucky in 1959 after she married L. Harold Edwards of the Forkland Community. 

Doris Purdom was born in the Forkland Community on Black Lick Creek in 1931 and graduated from Forkland School in 1949.  She serves as Vice-President of the Forkland Community Center , has been chairman of "Forkland's Old-Fashioned Bean Supper" for 38 years and has performed in most of the 38 dramas.  Doris has been married to her husband Carroll for 59 years, has one daughter Dianna Barker and one granddaughter Jamie M. Hamblin.  Doris, along with Shirley Sheperson and Darrell Ellis, researched all cemeteries in the Forkland community and compiled a cemetery book called The Forgotten Past in 1976.  Doris also served on the Forkland Committee that put together the Forkland History of families called Forkland Heritage: Its People Past and Present, 1793-1996, Vol. 1 & 2.
Classic Harmonies is a family group performing Christian, folk and country music. Our Christian music is comprised of beautiful songs ranging from gospel to old hymns to contemporary. Our folk and country numbers include hits from the 1960's through the 1980's. We strive to remind our listeners of the classic sounds from that era that we want to keep alive.

Joe Crafa was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He became interested in music of the thirties and forties while listening to his parents' record collection and became influenced by the styles of Dick Haymes, Bing Crosby, and several other artists of that era. Joe was the lead singer for several "oldies" groups while living in New York. He played tenor saxophone and performed at resorts in the Catskill Mountains of New York state. After marrying he moved to New Jersy and discontinued any public performances. He moved to Casey County, Kentucky in 2005 and in 2009 was "drafted" by his friends to help start an open mic at Uncle Bob's in Stanford, Kentucky.It was there that he first heard Leah Clark perform. The two tried an unrehearsed song together at the open mic, which was so well received that they decided to form a duet.

Leah Bugg Clark, born and raised in Stanford, Kentucky, developed a love for music at an early age, learning to play the guitar and sing at the age of thirteen. She grew up playing music and singing in church, using praise and worship music as the foundation of her musical ability. She later branched out and began singing at coffee shops and open mics, and started writing her own music. Leah's writing influences include Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, and Melissa Etheridge. She is frequently compared to sixties and seventies folk music icons like Joan Biaz and Judy Collins. Leah's melodic song writing and stunning vocals can be described as dream-like and haunting.

Although they came from such different musical and geographical backgrounds, the similarity in style and vocal quality was immediately evident. They have been described as having a "magic blend" that captures their audiences.

Richard Moore  Artisan, Craftsman, Musician / Songwriter presently resides in Ashville, North Carolina.   His grandfather gets the credit for teaching him to play guitar and Johnny Cash for the inspiration to start writing songs at the age of fifteen.  Being reared in a military family, he gathered influences from all over the country; mainly the southeast.  Moore was introduced to Penn's Store when he accompanied buddy and Hall of Fame inductee Billy Edd Wheeler at the 2007 "GREAT OUTHOUSE BLOWOUT". 

"Back Street" from Lebanon, Kentucky, started in the late 1970s with six of the seven original members being cousins.   Today's group consist of Melvin Porter (bass, vocals), George Brown (lead vocal, guitar, drums bass), Billy Downs (drums, vocals), and Wayne Pollock (keyboards, drums bass, vocals), Larry Brown and George Owens.

Exile is a band with a diverse history. The group formed in 1963 looking to play small clubs in Richmond, Kentucky, but managed to top both the pop and the country charts during a ten-year span in the late 1970s and 1980s. "Kiss You All Over" was a major hit in 1978, spending four weeks at the top of Billboard's pop chart. After several less successful follow-up singles, the band decided to make a move to country music. This resulted in 10 number one country hits. All of this success led to an induction into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

The years leading up to the release of "Kiss You All Over" represent an important and often misunderstood period in the band's history. During this time they played on three of Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars tours, released a series of singles and two full-length albums, worked with Tommy James, and played all over the Central Kentucky area and beyond. This book pays close attention to that era. In addition, a talented group of Kentucky musicians helped to rejuvenate the band in the 1990s, and this book tells their stories as well

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

Glenn D. Metzger has been performing music for most of his 65 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 early twenties while continuing to study classical music and majoring in music in college.  A long hiatus to attend to tend to family duties was followed by a return to performing. Now, along with his solo work he plays with the string band The Well Wishers and the song writer's collective Tingo.

BEN THOMPSON - aka BENS PENS - was born in Casey County, Kentucky one of 14 children.  Ben has been writing since 1975 and sharing his writings and stories with others since 2009.   Ben has presented his writings in over 100 places in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia.  He has traveled, worked and lived in 41 states, as well as Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Aruba and in the 1980's he lived and worked in Saudi Arabia.  Since a small child, he has enjoyed music ... but it is the storyline that always captivated his attention.  Thompson and wife Vivian are the parents of 5 children and presently reside in Somerset, Kentucky.

The Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society will be part of
 the events, in conjunction with their conference at St. Catherine College in Springfield.

The performing duo called Chiaroscuro is composed of Jolene Davis and Lee Dixon.  Jolene is a classically trained violinist, pianist, teacher, composer, arranger and studio musician with over thirty years of stage experience.  As a freelance touring musician, she performed backups for various headliners like Liberace, Johnny Mathis and Red Skelton.  Disney’s Top of the World dinner shows, Sea World’s floating stage, live Opera and theatre, (Honky Tonk Angels / Jekyll & Hyde at the Opera House in Springfield, Ky.), are just a few of her performance venues.  Jolene has lived in Kentucky for over a decade, drawing inspiration from the peaceful, rolling hills, creeks and forests.  In her rural recording studio, she crafts and creates original music, sound tracks and arrangements for show and theatre productions-plus original songs for her performances with guitarist Lee Dixon.

Lee Dixon has been in the entertainment business since age nine when he first stepped on stage in the 50s and 60s playing guitar and bass and opening for the likes of Frankie Lymon, Stevie Wonder, Brenda Holloway and numerous other stars and recording artists.  During those years Dixon also appeared on recordings and was contracted as a songwriter by various labels.  He later gained broader experience playing and appearing in USO Shows in Viet Nam where he served in the military signal corps.  Today, he has returned to his music roots and continues to compose new and original tunes in various categories.

Michael J Denis of Parksville, KY, originally from Westbrook, Maine, graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1968 with a B.S. in Education with a concentration in history, and did advanced graduate work at USM and the University of Maine campuses at Farmington and Orono, and is currently taking two courses at Western Kentucky University (Kentucky History and The African American Experience).  He taught middle school history for 39 years in Oakland, Maine, as well as numerous adult education courses for 25 years.  He retired in 2007, selling the snow blower and moving to Kentucky.  He is one of the charter members, current vice president, and webmaster of the Oakland (Maine) Area Historical Society, and is the current president of the Boyle County Genealogical Association.  He has been a genealogist since 1966, and has a deep interest in family and  local history, both in Maine and Kentucky.  He is also a member of the Kentucky Historical Society, and a contributing member of the African-American Genealogy Group of Kentucky.  He also maintains a website, Salt River Genealogy and History, at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyboyle2/Index.htm.  His daughter, Maureen, lives in his father's former home in Westbrook, Maine, with her husband and two children, Gannon and Garnet.

Rev. Maurice Blanchard was born in Greenwood, South Carolina.  He is the grandson of Mr. Roy Barnes.  Rev. Blanchard attended the University of Louisville and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Justice  Administration.  He currently works as a learning technology consultant at Humana Inc. and attends Louisville Seminary as he pursues his Masters of Divinity.  Rev. Blanchard is active in many social justice issues and currently leads True Colors Ministry at Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky.  He is an itinerant preacher of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and enjoys meeting new people wherever he serves.  In his spare time, Rev. Blanchard is an avid fisherman, basketball player and musician.   

John Robinson, photographer

Gregg Neikirk and Adam Neikirk are songwriters from Danville who currently live in Westfield, Massachusetts. Gregg Neikirk is professor of English at Westfield State University, where he teaches literature and writing, including a popular Songwriting course. Adam Neikirk will soon enter graduate school in an MFA program where he will use his jazz guitar skills to help write poetry, among other things. Adam, who has a B.A. in Jazz Studies, has also been a teacher in the Songwriting classes at WSU.
Mr. Roy Barnes was born in Adair County and raised in the small community of Millerfield.  He served in the United States Navy was married to Ms. Phyllis Jane Dunn Barnes, the love of his life, for 67 wonderful years.  Ms. Barnes sadly passed away in September of 2013.  They had four beautiful children, Larry, Phillip, who died in infancy, Jenny and Nancy.  Roy held many different jobs during his career such as working for the Louisville Transit Company as a battery technician, owning and operating his own laundry mats, and serving as Vice President of Operations for Convenient Food Marts in Florida as well as Director of Franchise Operations in Kentucky.  Mr. Barnes is semi-retired but still works part-time for Napa Auto Parts yet he finds his greatest joy in writing.  An accomplished author, Mr. Barnes has had two books published entitled, A Journey from Slingshots & Marbles to Bottom Lines and Wildflower Poetry: And Poems and Stories of Yesterday.  As well, Mr. Barnes is an artist, having painted many beautiful pictures throughout the years.  Currently, he is working on multiple writing projects and is compiling all of his poems to publish in a book in the near future.

Kenneth Joseph Mills grew up on a knob farm on upper Little South in the Forkland area.  He immediately joined the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Casey County High School.  While in the Air Force he worked as a jet engine mechanic and was discharged after nine years.  He attended the University of Kentucky and for thirty-three years he worked as an engineer in industry; he was also in the Air Force Reserves for thirty-three years.  He loves being retired and working on his own place here in Kentucky.

Carolyn Ellis is a native of Danville, Kentucky and has lived in the Danville area most of her life. She and her husband of 41 years, John are the parents of 3 sons;  Jonathan - Savannah, Tennessee,  Jeremy - Danville, Kentucky and Jordan -  Lexington, Kentucky.  She has five adorable grandchildren and is expecting another one in June.  She considers herself to be a professional grandmother.

 Carolyn has enjoyed writing from an early age when she was in elementary school. She credits her recent accomplishments to taking advantage of several classes that have been offered at the Community Arts Center and Pioneer Playhouse in Danville.  She has taken Creative Writing, Memoir Writing, Poetry Writing, Ten Minute Playwriting, and Storytelling in order to hone her writing skills.

Carolyn has been a member of the Danville Writing Group since its beginning in 2007.  She is also a member of the community ladies chorus, Sounding Joy, and hopes soon to learn songwriting, so she can put music to some of her poems.  Her ten minute play entitled “Trust” will be presented in June at the Community Arts Center in Danville as part of the Lunch with the Arts program.

Jenny Gwinn was raised in the area of Frankfort, KY and is an accomplished bass player and vocalist. Her father took her to gigs as a child starting at the age of twelve. She always surprises with her expansive knowledge  of classic country and rock and roll.  Her group is called Jenny and the Squames.
He goes by Joseph, although his mom calls him Joey and some folks call him Joe. His full name, though, is Joseph Ross Camuglia.  He's of Italian decent and grew up in a small town (of about 5 thousand people) 60 miles north of New York City. The town is called Marlboro. And although they don't make cigarettes there, they do smoke a lot of them! Marlboro is situated on the Hudson River, not too far from Poughkeepsie or West Point. It's a beautiful area of rolling hills and lots of trees, many of which are fruit trees. The area rates third in apple production in the New York State, and this songwriter was fortunate enough to live amidst acres and acres of apple orchards. For twenty years he's been writing and singing songs, often in places that you wouldn't expect, such as pizza shops and barber shops... and grocery stores and laundromats. He also sings and plays at more conventional places like churches, coffeehouses, schools and college campuses. Joseph s certainly one of America's best "unknown" songwriters. but it's probably just a short period of time before some big shot record producer offers him a contract and receives the fame and fortune that he's been so diligently avoiding all these years! In the meantime, singing for the few is what he loves to do. Many albums are in the works. Joseph has written over a thousand songs, and little by little he hopes to record at least a few hundred of them!

Regina Noel-Wethington was reared in Dry Creek, Kentucky.   She graduated from Casey County High School at the top of her class in Choir and Music Theory.  Her love for singing and writing began at an early age.  She began writing songs at age 14.   While in high school she pursued her love of music by singing in a gospel group and also in church.  In a later move to Indiana,  Wethington continued her musical interests in writing and by singing with a soft rock band for 2 years.    Upon return to Kentucky she sang with Jerry Chapman and the Young Country Band.  Her published poems include "Peace of Mind" and "Life". 

 Regina is married to Ernest R. Wethington, a Kentucky native, and has 4 beautiful children who also carry Mom's love of music, one son-in-law now serving in Afghanistan and one adorable grandson.  Regina Wethington resides in Summersville, Kentucky.

Dixie Bertram has been teaching language arts for 21 years in Lincoln County, Kentucky. She always had a great personal love for writing, and since becoming a teacher, has an even greater love for teaching others to write. Dixie began writing stories at a very young age. A high school poetry class opened the door to another genre. Bertram has written plays for church, which she also directed and produced, and has also written sermon skits and personal narratives.
Dixie Bertram presently teaches at Lincoln County Middle School; lives in Stanford, Kentucky where she has resided most of her life, has two daughters and two granddaughters.

Andy Rice, a native of Pulaski County, Kentucky currently resides in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, with his wife Jane.  Andy's musical inspiration comes from his uncle, who would 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."  Currently Andy plays with the Mill Street Band and can be heard at the Community Arts Center, Stanford, Kentucky.

Lee Hodge (bass guitar) of Stanford, Kentucky and Tim Young (Lead guitar) of Kings Mountain, Kentucky will accompany Andy Rice.

Formed in November 2011, Figure 8 consists of Singer and guitarist Ryan Sanders, Bass Guitarist Levi Smock, Keyboardist Nich Perrin and Drummer Jakob Duncan.  Having recorded two albums to day, Figure 8 primarily performs original music.

To learn more about
FIGURE 8 check facebook.com/figure8.band or Email Figure.f8.gmail.com

"H. R. Stoneback--known as "Stoney" in the music world--is a part-time
singer-songwriter, a full-time writer and professor.
He is the subject
of Jerry Jeff Walker's hit song "Stoney."
Well-known in the 1960s,
especially in singer-songwriter circles in New Orleans and Nashville, he
performed throughout Asia, Europe, and North America for four decades as
half of the singing duo "Stoney & Sparrow" (with his late wife). Over
the years, "Stoney & Sparrow" released four albums that included many of
the hundreds of songs he has written.
(One album, "Oh, China!" was
recorded and released in 1984 in China, where it was a best-seller.)
Paul Stansbury is a retired city manager who lives in Danville, Kentucky.  Nowadays he enjoys the time he can devote to writing.   He frequently reads his work for the public, has published poetry in Kentucky Monthly, and written for the Advocate Messenger.  Most recently, two of his short stories were selected to appear in an upcoming horror anthology to be published by the Apocryphile Press. Carolyn Crabtree is a former mathematics and English teacher who now spends her spare time doing history and genealogy research.  Over the last 30 years she has written many Bible Studies and devotionals and has helped compile history books for the Forkland Community Center. 

Michael Hughes has been  Entertaining  and as a front man and dj for over 45 years. His Band, Meadowlark and the Mystic's won the Crusade for Children Combo contest in 1968. Since that time he has led and performed in numerous groups. He is presently the leader of a 8 piece Motown group known as Network ... and a smaller dance group Michaelfly and the Soul Revue. Michael also owns a dj business known as Michaelfly Music that includes a Video set up after 23 years of working in different factories he is retired and serves as the president of the newly formed Danville Boyle County African American Historical Society. 

Site of the 2014 KWD
Friday and Saturday Evenings 6 pm-12 midnight
May 23 and May 24
1486 Lexington Road
Danville, Kentucky

Admission: Adults and Children over 4 years of age -- $5
children 4 and under free
For information call the Danville County Club
at 859-236-7197


Site of the 2014 Kentucky Writers in Celebration Event
April 27 and May 4, 11, 18, 23-25
Penn's Store
Gravel Switch, Kentucky





 For Information Contact


Other CATFISH SOUND productions:

Blues Harborfest
Lake Cumberland
June 21, 2014

 View the 2013 Kentucky Writers Day Performers list here.

For more information contact Jeanne Penn Lane at
Penn's Store (859) 332-7706 or (859) 332-7715, or
e-mail PennsStore@aol.com

It is best to call ahead to check times and cancellations.
Penn's Store
257 Penn's Store Road
Gravel Switch, Kentucky 40328
859-332-7715 or 859-332-7706
GPS Coordinates: N37.549912; W085.028191

You may also visit Jeanne Lane on her personal Facebook page.

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