PENN'S STORE PRESENTS
2015 KENTUCKY WRITERS IN CELEBRATION
Seven days of
beginning Friday evening, April 24, 2015 and
full weekend of May 22-24, 2015
R. Stoneback and the
Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society from New York will be joining us
again this year.
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
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.
Jamie McDonald is the creator and host
of the Emmy Award-winning television series New York Originals,
which has aired on more than 40 PBS stations across the country.
He is a former producer and has worked at Fox News and CBS.
He began his television career as a CBS page on Late Show with
David Letterman. He is the author of two books, “The Proper
Bostonian’s Guide to the Freedom Trail” and “New York Originals; A
Guide to the City’s Classic Shops & Mom and Pops”. In 2010 he
won an Emmy for Outstanding Business/Consumer Program. He is
also the director of the 2006 documentary, “Pulp Fiction Art: Cheap
Thrills and Painted Nightmares” which won “Best Documentary” at the
International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival. Jamie grew up
in Indiana, but has lived in New York City for more than 15 years.
He is a graduate of Boston University and New York University and
is always on the lookout for more New York Originals.
For more information see the web site:
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
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
In her spare
time, Darlene is an avid disciple of martial arts and enjoys
spending time with friends, family and nature.
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.
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
He retired in 2012 and began his
career as a published author.
His historical novel
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
The Kentucky Senate presented him with a commendation, designating
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
colorful costumes and
comedy routines. If you've
ever been to a Pigeon Forge
music show, Larry
Sanders & BorderLine are the
group for you.
They have worked
with Ronnie McDowell and The
International folk singer
Michael Jonathan and
they were the band when Gary
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
Larry Sanders &
BorderLine are known
for their "Tribute to Kentucky", Patriotic and Christmas
If you want "Excellence
in Entertainment" for
your next event, contact Larry Sanders & BorderLine
probably best known for his many
years on Danville radio stations WKLO, WHIR, and WMGE-FM, as News
Director, public affairs broadcaster and morning air personality.
He is also one of the Main Stage Emcees for the Great American
Brass Band Festival held each June in Danville. In what Hershel
describes as "long ago and far away" he wrote, produced, directed
and appeared in many films for the State of Kentucky in The
Department of Public Information. Hershel has worked in the
Lexington and northern Ohio radio and television markets and is a
graduate of Kent State University.
Born in Southern Kentucky,
Hershel called Danville home for many years, but now lives on a
farm in northern Mercer County with his wife Shirley, who is a
Labor/Delivery RN at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in
Danville. Hershel and Shirley have two married children, Jason and
Mary Beth McKinley, Rachel and Preston Correll and two
grandchildren, Gus and Annie Correll.
Calling himself a lifelong
fledgling novice in creative writing Hershel is a member of
Speaking Out and Nomadic Ink writing groups in Mercer County.
Hershel currently does freelance
voice work and script writing. He has been heard throughout the
South in radio and television commercials, industrial video
voiceovers, audio book readings, and political radio
advertisements. For the last few years he has also been the sound
engineer for the Forkland Festival Bean Supper Play.
He and Shirley, and their
children, have had the opportunity to travel or work in many parts
of the world including East Africa, Central America, England, the
Caribbean, and India.
Photography is a long time hobby
of Hershel's and one of his photos was recently used in an
advertisement on the back cover of a national equine magazine.
Jim Powell was born and reared in Washington County,
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.
List of Other Writers and Performers
Singer, songwriter, actor, author and the new host of "COUNTRY
JUNCTION" on WDRB - TV, Louisville,
TERRY WOOLEY is an accomplished musician with
over 300 songs and jingles to his credit. He has also
written a book, a movie script and the score for his first full
length motion picture. He is one who not only enjoys the
writing and performing, but is actively involved in the
creation of music behind the scenes. As a producer and an
engineer, along with being a session guitar player, he has
played on or recorded countless albums including 6 of his own.
A great showman and entertainer Terry Wooley has headlined
music venues all across the U.S. A workaholic that spends
every waking moment for the music, and now is the host of his
very own variety TV show,
"COUNTRY JUNCTION". Catch Terry's show
any opportunity you may have. You won't be
on WBKI - TV
and ION Network, Louisville.
Check your local listings for
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
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
C. A. and his wife Rita reside at Herrington
Lake, Mercer County, Kentucky.
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.
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
Wolfe is a luthier and tunesmith from Danville, KY.
A guitar player since his early teens, his music reflects his
influences from bluegrass to old time country. He often
plays with the central Kentucky based bluegrass band “Bluegrass
Pike”. A unique feature of his performance is that he
builds by hand the instruments that he plays, both acoustic and
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".
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
Crabtree is a former
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.
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.
Ed McClanahan is a native of Brookville,
Kentucky. A graduate of Miami University in Ohio and the
of Kentucky, he has taught English and creative
at Oregon State University, Stanford University, the
University of Montana, the University of Kentucky and Northern
Kentucky University. His books include
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.
is a retired city manager who lives in
Nowadays he enjoys the time he can devote to writing.
He frequently reads his
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
Elizabeth Madox Roberts
Society will be part of
in conjunction with their conference at St. Catherine College in
The Sharecroppers are a
central Kentucky group of friends who started like many bands
do – on the back porch. Their mix of old time and modern
bluegrass covers and peppy original tunes will keep you tapping
your toes all night long! The members are: Kasey
and Melissa Webb, Aaron Matherly, and Kyle and Amandalin Ayres.
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
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
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.
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.
Nesbitt, a Pennsylvania native, has had one desire in life --
to be a successful musician and songwriter. At the age of 14
he started playing guitar and writing songs. He soon realized that
the more instruments he could play, the easier it would be to get
into a band.
At the age of
17 he learned to play drums and bass guitar. The piano soon
followed. Jon was being influenced by musicians such as John
Lennon, Bob Dylan and the guitar playing of Jimi Hendrex. He loved
the showmanship of Kiss. The list goes on and on.
that a true musician should be open to different styles of music
from rock and blues to folk and country. This line of thought
has helped him develop his own style. Over the years he has
worked with many of Central Kentucky's top country and rock variety
bands. He has also preformed as a solo act.
want to be classified as a "one style writer". He wants to be
known as a true musician, songwriter and performer. With his
love for music and a God given talent,
Jon has the ability to succeed.
H. Simpson is a Kentucky educator with a Masters and a
Rank I in English.
has taught for over 35 years in the public and private school
systems teaching English and Journalism.
As well, Susan was the Washington County cheerleader sponsor
and the newspaper advisor for 13 years.
She currently serves on the Kentucky School Media
Association State Board and works as a librarian.
the age of 23, Susan served in the Peace Corps. For two years she
worked in Colombia, South America teaching English and the use of
educational television and learning Spanish.
traveled extensively, discovering over nineteen countries.
Inspired by her travels, she now enjoys Painting,
Photography, and writing poetry.
Susan is a member of the Poet's Supper, a central Kentucky
collective of writers, which has published some of her work.
Susan is married to Coach Whitey Simpson who is also a Kentucky
educator. Chad, her oldest
son, is a Disability Advocate for Binder & Binder.
Chad and his wife Dr. Christina Conroy, who is an Associate
Professor of Philosophy at Morehead State University, blessed Susan
with a grandson, Carter who is now two.
Her youngest son Wade is a Photographer and is the Photo
Editor for an arts journal, Cousin Corinne's Reminder.
Tony Cooper is
an Award winning songwriter who splits his time between his
native Casey County, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee writing
songs and playing music any time he can. While he likes
many types and genres of music, his favorites are the old time
Trena Douglas and Freddie Edwards
As a child born to George Simon and Patricia Lay Douglas on June
15, 1968, it was evident at an early age a child prodigy had
arrived. Between milking
cows, working in the logging woods and tobacco fields, Trena
somehow found the inner strength to write her songs, through
hardships most have never shared. Penning
her first song at the tender age of 14, “The Forkland Flower”. It
was evident her vision and awareness were far beyond her years.
Encouraged by family,
friends and industry professionals her first CD ...."Long Hard
Road...." is scheduled for fall 2014 Release.
Time has come for Trena to
walk out of Scrubgrass Hollow, and let the world share her
extraordinary talent and hear true Americana Music in its purest
has played and performed music most all his life.
Beginning with the accordion at age 6, he now plays guitar, banjo,
mandolin, fiddle, piano, sax, bass, drums, flute and harmonica ...
and has played / jammed with many of the "greats".
On a musical sojourn for 10 years, DINO MUSSO traveled the United
States in a motor home, along with his dogs, and played at every
vacation spot and place that offered respite. Having come to
Kentucky recently, drawn here by the state's beauty in all it's
seasons, and even more with the Kentucky people, DINO has planted
roots and found his home. According to Dino ... "They'll
carry me out feet first".
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
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 -
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.
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
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".
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
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.
"H. R. Stoneback--known
in the music world--is a part-time
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
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
hundreds of songs he has written.
(One album, "Oh,
released in 1984 in China, where it was a best-seller.)"
Morrison,born March 20, 1949, in Red River Gorge,
Kentucky, is an American country music singer-songwriter. This
multi-talented artist is largely identified with the country rock/americana
genre(s) of music, and is best know for
his 1970's cult-classic "Snakey Hollow
Stud"; a song released on the RCM Records label which charted on
the Independent Country Music Charts at number one. Based on this
initial success, Morrison received a 1971 first round nomination
for Country Male Vocalist of the Year. In the
interveining years, several other of
Morrison's releases have entered into a top five chart position,
with "There Ain't No Country" being the
only other of his songs to reach number one. The
offer to record his music on his own terms for
a Nashville-based label lead Morrison back to recording and
performing in 2007. Given the opportunity, he took a bare bones
approach to recording the highly acclaimed roots music album; "A
Cold Wild Wind". That year saw him touring solo throughout the
central and southeastern United States in support of the album
release. In 2009, Morrison recorded outstanding cover versions of
"Folsom Prison Blues" and "Good Hearted Woman" in preparation for
headlining and promoting the 2010 Walk the Line-Good Hearted Woman
Tour. In April 2012, Morrison returns to the studio to record more
original material. He'll be backed by an outstanding studio
ensemble featuring bassist Paul Martin, better known as "The
Americana Music Association 2006 Instrumentalist of
the Year Kenny Vaughn and dobro
virtuoso Matt DeSpain. Morrison writes
and performs music his devotees can relate to on a gut level. His
songs have a build and release to them that make them memorable
because he performs them with raw emotion and with feelings bound
together by his well-crafted lyrics and melodies that "sing".
Morrison's edgy, Cash-like, baritone delivery clinches the deal.
His songs are a reflection of his life. When he sings to us, we
believe him. The Barry Morrison discography chronicles the very
powerful musical output of a consummate singer-songwriter. The
lyrics from one of his songs proclaims, "I'm a hundred miles of bad
road, I'm a bridge washed out". Luckily, he found the way around it
all. The 2012 Kentucky Writers Day Celebration welcomes him to our
Webb, a native of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia, has spent most
of his adult life in Elizabethtown and now resides in Lebanon.
He picked up the guitar in his teenage years after a
football injury put a damper on his
mobility for several months.
Being the 9th of 10
children, and a teenager in the '60's, his musical influence
was rock and roll and popular music of the 50's and 60's.
This is the style he has stayed with.
Although he does not write original music, he sometimes
likes to alter the lyrics of rock and roll to spiritual wording
and perform in his church (as in Sister Act).)
Dan Thompson (Louisville, KY) & Nick
Thompson (Raywick, KY) -- Stories for
Larry Ray Hafley
reared in Peoria, Illinois. A lifetime writer, author, teacher,
preacher, lecturer, and motivational speaker, Larry now resides in
Cookeville, Tennessee, not far from Dale Hollow Lake. He has two
sons, Shawn and Curtis and four grandchildren. Larry enjoys
traveling, especially when going to fulfill speaking assignments.
Although he is a big Alabama football fan (Roll Tide!) he also
cheers for the Kentucky Wildcat basketball team!
Larry's family roots are in the
Gravel Switch/Forkland area of Boyle County, Kentucky. He says he
is the first Hafley who was raised away from a Kentucky tobacco
farm! His grandmother, Lee Hafley, wife of Earl Hafley, taught at
Forkland School for 43 years. Larry's parents, Cecil and Marie
(Coyle) Hafley, were from the Forkland area of Boyle County, but
moved to Peoria, Illinois, during WWII. You may contact Larry via
email@example.com, or by phone 931-510-9997.
Site of the 2015
Kentucky Writers Celebrations
every Sunday between April 26 and May 24,
Gravel Switch, Kentucky
Site of the
2015 Kentucky Songwriters Sampler
April 24-25, 2015
KENTUCKY FUDGE COMPANY
225 Main Street, Harrodsburg,
Site of the 2015 KWD
SONGWRITERS in CELEBRATION SHOW
Saturday Evenings 8 pm-1am
May 22 and May 23
212 W. Main Street, Lebanon, Kentucky
View the 2014 Kentucky
Writers Day Performers list here.
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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