Seven days of Celebrating writers
beginning Friday evening, April 24, 2015 and
ending the full weekend of May 22-24, 2015

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.

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: www.newyorkoriginalsonline.com

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

Hershel McKinley is 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, 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. 

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 disappointed.  


on WBKI - TV and ION Network,  Louisville.
Check your local listings for dates/times.

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.

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.

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).

Judge 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 electric guitars.
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".
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. 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. 

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 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

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.

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


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.


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.

Jon 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.

Jon realized 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.

Jon doesn't 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.

Susan H. Simpson is a Kentucky educator with a Masters and a Rank I in English.  She 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.

         At 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.  Susan  has 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 tearjerkers. 

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 form.

DINO MUSSO 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 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.

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.

"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.)
Barry 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 Apostle", 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 stage.
Gordon 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).)
Book Signing

Dan Thompson (Louisville, KY) & Nick Thompson (Raywick, KY)
-- Stories for Rednecks
Larry Ray Hafley was 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 E-mail: larryhafley1@cs.com, or by phone 931-510-9997.
Site of the 2015 Kentucky Writers Celebrations
every Sunday between April 26 and May 24, 2015
Penn's Store
Gravel Switch, Kentucky

Site of the 2015 Kentucky Songwriters Sampler
April 24-25, 2015
225 Main Street, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Site of the 2015 KWD

Friday and Saturday Evenings 8 pm-1am
May 22 and May 23
Club McB's
212 W. Main Street, Lebanon, Kentucky

View the 2014 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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