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  BOOKSTORES 
Joseph-Beth Booksellers, located in the Lexington Green shopping center off Nicholasville Rd.  Kentucky's largest independent bookstore. 859-2573-2911  www.josephbeth.com 
Morris Book Shop, 882 East High St in Chevy Chase, Lexington.   859-276-0494   
www.morrisbookshop.com 
Black Swan Books, East Maxwell near Woodland Ave, Lexington.  The store's inventory includes many local writers and Kentucky-related books, both vintage and new. 859-252-7255  BlackSwanBooks.NET 
Carmichael's Bookstore -- Celebrating 33 years as Louisville's Independent Bookstore --
2720 Frankfort Avenue, 502-896-6950
1295 Bardstown Road, 502-456-6950
www.carmichaelsbookstore.com
The Wild Fig Bookstore, 1439 Leestown Road, Lexington.  wildfigbooks@gmail.com.  859-433-1503 Former site of Morgan Adams Books.
Larkspur Press, Monterey, Ky -- Books that are works of art, handset in metal type and printed on a hand-fed press.  www.larkspurpress.com   
Poor Richard's Books, 233 West Broadway, Frankfort  502-223-8018  http://poorrichards.indiebound.com/
CoffeeTree Books, Morehead.  Eastern Kentucky's largest independent bookstore. 606-784-8364  www.coffeetreebooks.com 
Reader's Corner Bookstore, 2044 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville. 20% off on most new book purchases.  502-897-5578.
John Lackey's Homegrown Press Gallery & Studio, 574 N Limestone St (6th and Lime), Lexington.  For more information see www.homegrownpress.com
  LITERARY RADIO
Accents, a radio show for literature, is hosted and produced by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer. The show airs every Friday 2:00-3:00pm on WRFL 88.1 FM Lexington.  Past shows are archived on the web. 
From The Inkwell, a new radio show hosted by Sheri L. Wright, is dedicated to all things literary. Hear it Saturdays at 1:00pm EST on CHRadio 1650AM in Louisville, Ky. Check it out live-streaming too at www.crescenthillradio.com. And look for the show to soon be archived. Want to be a guest, have news, event, original material you'd like to read on-air? Contact Sheri via the show's website.
Edin Road Radio, an internet radio show produced in Lexington, KY, airs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm.  Listeners may access the website for the live broadcast or may hear archived broadcasts on-demand at www.edinroad.com.  Authors interviews and discussion with host Jesse Coffey
Janice Lee hosts Featuring the Arts, on WSKV 104.9 FM, Stanton, KY Tuesdays 5:00 til 6:00pm. The show also streams audio at www.wskvfm.com  Those interested in either being a guest or sponsoring the show may contact Janice Lee at 606-663-1011 or 606-663-2811. More information at www.featuringthearts.com
  WRITER'S BLOGS
John Sparks -- history, biography, theology, philosophy, prose, poetry, southern rock, blues, bluegrass, and absurdity. 
Sherry Chandler -- commentary on social issues and literature.
King's Road -- an eclectic blend of history, pop culture, and literature from author David King.
Have Passport, Will Ramble -- notes from a writerly life.
Jim Tomlinson -- award-winning writer of fiction discusses the art and business of the craft.
  WRITERS'  GROUPS   
 
 
  
  (may or may not be seeking new members)     
The Writers Workshop Project (WWP) meets monthly in Louisille, 6:00-9:30pm.  Phone 502-896-8480   www.the-wwp.com 
Dreambuilding meets every first and third Wednesday, noon until 1:00 at the Carnegie Center. For info ontact Katerina Stoykova-Klemer.  E-mail katerina.klemer@gmail.com   
Writers Bloc 40330, meets on the third Monday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 at the Mercer County Public Library meeting room. For more information, email brightmyer@hotmail.com 
The Edmonton Kentucky Red Writers meet every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Edmonton Kentucky Chamber of Commerce office. 
The Capital City Writers Roundtable meets monthly in Frankfort.  For information contact Jerry Deaton jdeaton@me.com
Wilderness Road Writers in Louisville.  502-235-5356. 
Tates Creek Writers' Group meets the first Thursday of each month, 6:00-8:30 pm, at the Tates Creek Branch of the Lexington Public Library
The Harrodsburg/Mercer County Writers' Collective meets on alternate Thursday evenings from 6:30 until 8:30 in the Mercer County Public Library conference room.
Women Who Write meets the first Thursday each month 6:30-8:30pm at the Highland Library Branch in Mid City Mall, 1250 Bardstown Road, Louisville.   502-541-4670
Friday Writers Group -- Louisville -- meets each Friday at 5:00pm at The Reader's Corner Bookstore, 2044 Frankfort Avenue, in the Clifton neighborhood. (502) 897-5378 Toll-free 888-699-4682. Group contact 502-896-2612
Paintsville Main Street Writer’s Group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month beginning at 6:30pm at the Johnson County Library.  606-789-4355.
Berea Writers Guild -- A small critique group open to new members -- fiction and non-fiction writers who may be at varying levels of experience but are serious about pursuing their craft. Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at the Berea Library. 859-779-0793 
Central Kentucky Writers, for info e-mail Parker Owens at parker(at)ciwss.com.  Please put "writers group" in the e-mail subject line. 
Eagle Creek Writers Group -- Eagle Creek Branch Library, Lexington   859-231-5560
Green River Writers -- Louisville
http://www.greenriverwriters.org  
Jackson Christian Writers' Club -- Vancleve area. 606-666-5000   donnaw(at)kmbc.edu
Sisters in Crime -- Louisville -- Ohio River Valley chapter. 228-6657    www.sistersincrimeorv.org 
Louisville Christian Writers -- 502-584-1367
Bard's Corner Writer's Group -- Elizabethtown -- meets 6:00-8:00p.m. first and third Monday of the month at the Hardin County Public Library.  Rvsshine1(at)aol.com  http://thebardscorner.tripod.com/
Writer's, INK  Jessica Swafford, Georgetown, KY  
The Owensboro Writers Group meets on the third Saturday of each month at the Daviess County Public Library from 11:00 – 1:00.  Contact Theresa Jewel Pinkston at t.j.pinkston.2007@gmail.com.  www.owensborowritersgroup.com/WordPress
The Writers' Roundtable -- Elizabethtown  
Frankfort Writers Group meets at Paul Sawyier Public Library Wednesday evenings. Info from Rochelle Silvernail at 502-320-4373 or 502-875-8184.  
The Poezia Poetry Group meets every first Thursday of every month at 7pm at Common Grounds Coffee House, Lexington. For info e-mail Katerina Stoykova-Klemer at katerina.klemer(at)gmail.com  
The Poezia Prose Group meets every Tuesday at 7pm at Common Grounds Coffee House, Lexington. For info e-mail Katerina Stoykova-Klemer at katerina.klemer(at)gmail.com 
The Kentucky Book Mafia, better known as the KaBooM Writing Collective, Mary H. Alexander, Susan Christerson Brown, Jan Isenhour, Leatha Kendrick, Gail M. Koehler, Lynn Pruett, and Pam Sexton have written a collection of essays, poems and fiction, When the Bough Breaks, published by Larkspur Press. 
The Written Word Writer's Group meets on second and fourth Mondays at 6pm, at the Hardin County Public Library Branch in Radcliff, KY.  Facebook  
BOOK FAIRS & FESTIVALS 
Kentucky Book Fair, November in Frankfort   kybookfair.com/
Southern Kentucky Book Fest, April in Bowling Green  sokybookfest.org/
Ohio River Festival of Books, April in Huntington, WV.  Authors from OH, KY & WV. ohioriverbooks.org/ 
West Virginia Book Festival, October in Charleston, WV.  wvhumanities.org/bookfest/bookfest2.htm
Southern Festival of Books, October in Nashville, TN.  www.tn-humanities.org/festival/index.php
Buckeye Book FairWooster, Ohio.   November 
Spring Literary Festival Athens, Ohio.   May
ETSU Celebration of Books and Authors Johnson City, TN.  April  
Other Book Fairs listed by STATE
CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAMS 
Murray State University MFA
murraystate.edu
Spalding University MFA
spalding.edu/frame.asp?pg=/db2.asp?id=375
University of Louisville
www.louisville.edu
University of Kentucky
www.uky.edu/AS/English/writprog/ 
Eastern Kentucky University  
www.english.eku.edu
Western Kentucky University
www.wku.edu
Morehead State University
morehead-st.edu/eflp/index.aspx?id=6595
Northern Kentucky University
www.nku.edu/~writing/
CONFERENCES
Kentucky Women Writers Conference   Lexington, September    www.uky.edu/WWK
Elizabeth Madox Roberts Conference   April in Harrodsburg and Springfield   www.emrsociety.com 
EKU Summer Writing Conference   Richmond,  June,   www.english.eku.edu/mfa 



KENTUCKY LITERARY MAGAZINES
Heartland Review, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, http://legacy.elizabethtown.kctcs.edu/pubs/heartland 
New Madrid, Murray State University, http://www.newmadridjournal.org 
Jelly Bucket, Eastern Kentucky University, http://www.english.eku.edu/mfa/JB.php
Limestone, University of Kentucky, http://limestonejournal.com 
Louisville Review, Spalding University, http://www.louisvillereview.org 
Appalachian Heritage, Berea College, http://community.berea.edu/appalachianheritage/ 
The Licking River Review, Northern Kentucky University www.nku.edu/~litlang/publications/lickingriver.html 
Lumberyard Magazine, www.lumberyardmagazine.com 
Pegasus, Kentucky State Poetry Society www.kystatepoetrysociety.org/pegasus.html 
  WRITERS' RETREATS
PenHouse Retreat Center is now open -- a place for rest and creativity. http://normandiellis.com  PenHouse is a spacious two-story 120-year-old country home built by Robert and Eliza Penn in a horseshoe bend of the Elkhorn Creek in northern Franklin County. PenHouse is the perfect place to write, to host book parties and readings, to offer workshops or attend them.  For reservations or more information e-mail ellisisis@aol.com or phone 502-352-7503. 
The ArtCroft Foundation, a non-profit organization benefiting creative individuals and the community, is located on 400 acres of rolling hills near Carlisle, Kentucky. ArtCroft’s Residency Program hosts artists, writers, musicians, and other creative people for one to four weeks, working at their chosen craft in the inspiring and welcoming wilderness. ArtCroft’s Kentucky Writers Collection, an extensive library housed on the farm, is available for use by local ArtCroft members. For more information on ArtCroft, to apply for a residency, become a member, or to make your tax-deductible donation to support their programs, visit www.ArtCroft.org. Further info at 859-473-0552. 
    
   LITERARY SERVICES
Mary O'Dell offers critiquing of poetry or prose ($1 per page).  Send work to Mary.Odell@insightbb.com or by standard mail to Mary O'Dell, 103 Logsdon Court, Louisville, KY  40243.  For individual or small group mentoring, contact Mary O'Dell by e-mail, US mail or phone (502-245-4902 or 502-552-9578).
Author Sheri L. Wright now offers editing services, mentorship and leads workshops to help you fine-tune your writing and literary direction at a reasonable cost. Contact Ms. Wright at kasperfriend@yahoo.com for rates and visit her website for her BIO and literary credentials at www.scribblingsandsuch.com.
LITERARY LINKS  
Kentucky Literary Directory  
Opportunities for Writers -- Kentucky Arts Council.  http://artscouncil.ky.gov
BookFinder.com   Want to purchase an obscure book or any book?  This is the place.
Kentucky State Poetry Society
Academy of American Poets Literary Map  Literary events in each state
Book Sales in Kentucky  booksalefinder.com/KY.html
Poets&Writers grants and awards  announcements.
Literary Events in the South     http://southernscribe.com/
State Poet Laureates
www.loc.gov/rr/main/poets/current.html
WRITING CONTESTS   
Kentucky State Poetry Society -- poetry contests for students and adults.
Georgetown Review -- magazine and contest guidelines
Green River Writers  
Heartland Review -- see website for guidelines.
KCTE/LA -- student writing contests
BOOK DISCUSSION & READING GROUPS
Book Talks at the Pikeville Public Library meets at 5:00pm on alternate Mondays. For more information, contact Charlene Hopkins at 606- 432-1285 or e-mail charlene(at)pikelibrary.org.
Coffeetree Bookstore in Morehead hosts a variety of reading groups for readers of various ages and interests.  Give them a call for information  606-784-8364.
Second Monday Book Club meets the second Monday of each month at Madison County Public Library, 319 Chestnut Street, Berea.  The club meets from 6:30 to 7:30
Warren County Public Library & Bob Kirby Branch, Bowling Green,  270-781-4882, ext. 223 for information or e-mail Marilyn Mattingly  marilynm@warrenpl.org 
Louisville -- You are invited to join a book discussion group at A Reader's Corner Bookstore.  Sundays. For further info contact John Boyd at Latin(at)jviolin.net
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READING SERIES
InKY Reading Series  (second Friday)  Louisville
www.inkyreadingseries.com     
Second Sunday in Frankfort at the Coffeetree Cafe and Poor Richard's Bookstore (except during summer) 502-223-8018 e-mail PRBook(at)aol.com 
holler poets series -- monthly poetry and music series started in may 2008 by Lexington poet eric sutherland to provide a venue for Kentucky writers to showcase their talents and to provide a place for fans of the word to come together in celebration as a community. www.myspace.com/hollerpoets 
Morrison Gallery Poetry Series  Elizabethtown Community College (except during summer) e-mail mick.kennedy(at)kctcs.edu
Third Tuesday Coffeehouse  in Owensboro at Woodward's in the RiverPark Center.  (except during summer)  e-mail david.bartholomy(at)brescia.edu  270-686-4203
 

   

A Dance in the Street  (2012)  by Jared Carter, $15.00.   "Critics agree that Carter deserves a place among the American poetic elite of the last twenty years."  —Timothy J. Deines. 
Guitars of the Stars  (2012)  by Tom Chandler, $15.00.  New and selected poems from Rhode Island's Poet Laureate emeritus.

The Lily of the West   (2012)  by Robert Cooperman, $15.00.  Narrative poems tell the life story of "the Lily of the West," from Lexington to Europe and back to Louisville.
The Poems of Wing Lei  (2012) by Alex Grant, $15.00  Ninth century China comes alive in the poems as the reader travels the countryside with wandering poet Wing Lei.. 
Hip Poetry 2012  (2012)  Editors Mitch Waldman, Diana May-Waldman, and Joe McEvoy. $17.00.  
The Lives We Live in Houses  (2011) Pauletta Hansel. $15.00.  "Hansel’s poems surprise us with fresh images and with a voice that moves between what William Blake named the voices of innocence and experience."  ---Rebecca McClanahan
The Frogville Skits: A Dozen Soggy Froggy Plays for Children  (2011). Steven Cope.  $16.00  Children will revel in acting out these simple dramas which encourage costuming, clowning and physical acting.
Each Breath I Cannot Hold  (2011) poems by George Eklund.  $15.00.  "These poems have an original and elemental quality — metaphor used not to tell a story, but to create a mood or a fertile state of mind in which the story blooms a priori."  ---Charlie Hughes
Horsefeathers: Stories From Room 241 (2011) edited by Ed McClanahan and Scotty Adkins.  $15.00. The wry McClanahan's touch is evident in this collection of stories from his University of Kentucky writing workshop and room 241.
Petty Offenses & Crimes of the Heart  (2011) by Mitchell Waldman.  $16.00. Threads of danger and emotional trauma run through the stories in this collection.  In crime, love, marriage, or friendship, it's the little things that matter most. It's the small betrayals or mistakes that often result in our downfall.
Going West  (2011) by Normandi Ellis.  $16.00.  Short stories that stories have a lyric fantastical quality.  If these stories were fairy tales, there'd be no Prince Charming or knights in shining armor; Normandi would  be writing empathetically about the dysfunctional family of the troll beneath the bridge. 
Sentences & Bills: 1917 (2011) by Joe Napora.  $15.00.  These incisive and startling poems to cast fresh light on an important, yet almost forgotten, era of our Nation’s history. 
Cave Dweller  (2011) by Robert Cooperman.  $15.00.  Narrative poems describe the flight of Edgar Cantrell, fugitive from "justice" in post-Civil War Colorado.
As If  (2011) by Russ Kesler. $15.00.   "...in poem after poem Russ Kesler gives us the details of a life keenly observed, intensely imagined and freshly presented, a life in which it becomes hard to draw the line between the ordinary and the extraordinary."
--- Greg Pape
Weaving a New Eden  (2011) by Sherry Chandler.  $15.00.  "Chandler lifts Rebecca Boone out of the shadows of history to sturdy, quirky reality and gives us glimpses of the other invisible women whose lives make up the hidden half of history ... deserves a wide readership."
--- Leatha Kendrick
Rendering the Bones  (2011) by Susan Lefler.  $15.00   "The reader trusts these poems, knowing they contain no empty air, rather the human breath itself rendering the things of this world and their mysteries through language."  
--- Kathryn Stripling Byer
Crack Light (2011) by Thomas Rain Crowe. Softcover $15.00, Hardcover $25.00.  "I have always respected [Crowe's] work and dedication as someone who has truly found both his place and his work, and recommend him highly." --- Gary Snyder
Bound  (2011) by Linda Parsons Marion.  $15.00  "Bound to the human condition, bound to tribulation and sorrow, but bound for glory at last.... This book is brimful and overflowing. Come hungry and leave sated."
--- Fred Chappell
In Some Households the King is Soul  (2011) by Harry Brown.  $15.00.   "... a unique combination of the experimental with old-fashioned country idiom and wisdom."  
--- Robert Morgan
The Daniel Boone Poems  (2010) by Joe Napora.  $15.00.  We learn in Napora's artful poems what Boone might have thought and said about the wonder and terror of the land that he helped to explore and subdue.
Mercy in the New World  (2010) by Elizabeth Oakes. $15.00.  Poems that vividly imagine the life of Mercy Woodbridge, sister of Anne Bradstreet. "In Mercy's new world, 'wild things flower first.'  Rejected by the Puritan community and her own family, Mercy flowers."  
— Penelope Scambly Schott
A House of Branches  (2010) by Janisse Ray. Softcover $14.00, Hardcover $25.00.  "The voice familiar to lovers of Ray’s nonfiction is here – clear eyed and questing and newly charged with lovely lyricism that honors the natural world and the wisdom she finds in it.  It is a pleasure to share this journey and be enlarged by it."  --- Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Unmentionables
Winner of the 2011 SIBA Book Award
Grassroots  (2010) by Jared Smith. $15.00.  "a compelling, haunting, and unforgettable collection, one that I’ll be revisiting and referencing for years to come."
--- John Amen, Editor of
The Pedestal Magazine
The Mad Reverend  (2010) by Steven Cope. $15.00.  In this volume of poems Cope gives us the startling view of one who, he says, is "not so much a person as a state of mind." Cope's versatility and lyricism as he explores our relationship with nature, while he seeks to understand the holy and the profane, continue to amaze us.
Kentucky's Everyday Heroes #2: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things  (2010) by Steve Flairty, foreword by Bill Goodman.  $15.00.  More accounts of our ordinary neighbors who expend extraordinary effort for the improvement of our community, state, and nation. 
Temptation by Water  (2010) by Diane Lockward.  Softcover $15.00.  "Whether mourning the loss of a lover’s touch or celebrating steam rising from the slit of a baked potato, Lockward embraces life’s luscious, naked flaws and ecstatic turns, surrendering to desire and what’s left in 'the wreckage of absence.'"  
--- Dorianne Laux
Back  (2010) by George Ella Lyon.  Softcover $15.00. "The lives [Lyon] offers up in the chalice of this book are a communion of spirits with all their laments and stark truths, a part of the liquor of life from which we all drink--bitter, ephemeral, beautiful." 
--- Normandi Ellis
Body and Blood  (2010) by Charlie Hughes.  Softcover $15.00.   "thoroughly and lovingly human in its vulnerability and in its passions."  
--- Kathryn Stripling Byer
"[Hughes] holds us rapt with attention and yearning."  
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-- Linda Parsons Marion
Kaffir Lily  (2010) by Bianca Spriggs. Softcover $15.00.  "The poems are carefully made, deeply felt. This is a book of gems, needing to be read."   
--- David Cazden, poetry editor of Miller's Pond
No Matter How Many Windows  (2010) by Jeanne Bryner.  Softcover $15.00.  "The stories of four women, beginning with great-grandmother Bertha White Stiles, show us how we, too, can bear the blazing joy and pain of a world full of 'risk and gamble.'"   
--- Joyce Dyer
Winner of the Tillie Olson prize from the Working Class Studies Association.
CROW, The Children's Poems  (2010) by Steven Cope.  Softcover $15.00.  More than 200 poems to delight, entertain, and educate youngsters from 6 to 90 years. This popular collection of poems from the versatile Cope is now in softcover.
The Appalaches  (2010) by Steven Cope.  Softcover $15.00.  Cope presents us with one-thousand-and-one Appalaches, his name for these original and witty aphorisms or proverbs. Enjoy these over many sittings, or devour them all at once.
Jock: A Coach's Story  (2010)  by Stuart Warner.  Softcover $16.00.  A biography of noted (or notorious) high school basketball coach Jock Sutherland.
Fink: le dernier batelier  (2010)  by Joe Napora.  Softcover $15.00.  A lyric account of of the exploits of legendary Mike Fink, the last boatman, and the Mississippi River panorama.
A Memory of Firelight: Selected Columns from The Lexington Herald-Leader  by Paul Prather. Softcover  $16.00.  "[Prather is] an honest and wise teacher who has an unusual talent for making great truths accessible and understandable." 
--- Marilyn Thompson, The Washington Post 
Camden Blues   by Joseph Anthony.   Softcover $16.00.  New York City and Camden are the settings for this collection of stories. Anthony demonstrates remarkable versatility as he writes in a variety of voices, both male and female, of mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, drinkers and lovers. 
Appalachia's Last Stand: The Appalachian Mountains Must Not Be Sacrificed for Cheap Energy   Delilah O'Haynes et al. editors. This volume was compiled by a consortium of Appalachian writers and photographers who explore the  assault on the Appalachian environment and its affect on the region and the nation.
Everyone's Daughter  poems by Marguerite Floyd.  Softcover $15.00.  "The beauty, craft and courage of these poems ... deliver us to a place of clarity and strength."  ---Anne Shelby  
Fear of Moving Water  poems by Alex Grant. Softcover $15.  "This is a book that compels our reading, and our re-reading."  --- Martin Lammon, Arts & Letters editor 
The Luminescence of All Things Emily  by Elizabeth Oakes.  Softcover $15.  A collection of 48 poems that portray the quiet, yet emotionally charged world of Dickinson, her family, and friends.
Kentucky's Most Hated Man: Charles Chilton Moore & The Bluegrass Blade  by John Sparks, softcover, $20.00.  At the beginning of the 20th century, Lexington resident C.C. Moore was  the best known infidel and atheist in the nation.
Father  by Jeff Daniel Marion, softcover, $15.00.  A poetic tribute not only to Danny's father, but to fathers everywhere.  Recipient of Wind's Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize.
Backing into Mountains  by Dorothy Sutton, softcover, $15.00.  "With intelligence and depth of spirit, [Sutton's poetry] bravely confronts and engages the world." --Jane Gentry
Mothers in All but Name  by Marguerite Bouvard, softcover, $15.00.  Calls attention to the challenges and triumphs of surrogate mothers and to the important role these women play in nurturing children.
Charlie Root Chicago CubsRoot for the Cubs: Charlie Root and the 1929 Chicago Cubs  by former newspaper reporter and Pulitzer winner, Roger Snell.  Softcover, $17.00.  Root is considered by many to be the greatest of all Cubs pitchers, with the most wins, games, and innings pitched in franchise history.
Hearts in Zion: Steel, Coal, and an Appalachian Family  by Bruce Hopkins, softcover, $15.00.  A history of an Appalachian family from the end of the Civil War to the Great Depression, the rise and fall of the great coal camps of eastern Kentucky. 
Kentucky's Famous Feuds and Tragedies  by Charles Mutzenberg, with a foreword by Kentucky historian James Klotter,  hardcover, $22.00.  The first attempt at critical and accurate reporting of the events of the era.  Reprint of this rare book.
Live Like Larry  by Denny Trease, softcover, $15.00.   A biography of Larry Turner, victim of the flight 5191 crash, associate dean for extension in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and director of its Cooperative Extension Service.
Steam in the Heart: Life and Times Along the Morehead & North Fork Rails  by Fred Brown, hardcover, $22.00. History of the M&NF RR in Rowan and Morgan counties.   Recipient of Kentucky Historical Society Award of Merit.
Dimming Radiance  by Dan Stryk, softcover, $15.00.  East and West come together in a variety of poetic forms -- free verse and prose poems to Japanese Tanka.
The End of Eden: Writings of an Environmental Activist, by Thomas Rain Crowe, softcover, $15.00.  Includes illustrations by nature artist Robert Johnson. Crowe presents a prophetic vision of what we stand to lose through our disregard for the earth and its finite resources, and a prescription to save it..
The Time I Didn't Know What to Do Next   by Stephen Rhodes, softcover, $15.00.  Rhodes first poetry collection, with an introduction by Leatha Kendrick.
Head of the Holler  by Garry Barker, softcover, $15.00.   Barker is a humorist in the tradition of Andy Griffith and Loyal Jones. This is a collection of his earlier newspaper columns
Burning Heaven  by Jim Minick, softcover, $15.00.  Poems about a farmer's wisdom, the natural world and the author's place in it.
Birds in the Tops of Winter Trees  by Ron Houchin, softcover, $15.00.   
Craft-talk: On Writing Poetry  (2008)  Frederick Smock presents his own insights on the craft of poetry --- a book that deserves a place on every bedside table.
People Like Us: Stories  by Laura Weddle.  Softcover $15.00.  Stories of life in rural Kentucky following the Great Depression. "Observant, truly beautiful writing marks this fine collection." --- Lee Smith
Elizabeth Madox Roberts: Essays of Reassessment and Reclamation  edited by HR Stoneback and Steven Florczyk.  Softcover $20.00.   This is the first book-length collection of critical essays to deal with the life and work of Elizabeth Madox Roberts. 
Georgia Green StamperYou Can Go Anywhere: From The Crossroads of The World  essays by Georgia Green Stamper.  Softcover $16.00
"Humorous, perceptive, and poignant, her essays are perfectly crafted gems..." ---Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Persistence of Vision  poems by C. Lynn Shaffer.  Softcover $15.00.  Winner of the Morehead State University New Writers Award.  
Kentucky's Everyday Heroes: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things  by Steve Flairty, foreword by David Dick.  Softcover $15.00.  Stories of your neighbors and mine, ordinary people doing heroic deeds for family, community, and the nation.
What Space This Body  by J.C. Todd, softcover, $15.00.  "...poems of arousal and awareness, and, above all, praise." ---Eleanor Wilner.
A House of Girls  by Thomas Rain Crowe.  Softcover $15.00.  Autobiographical fiction in the form of a series of short love stories with a twist.
America! What's My Name? Softcover. $15.00.  The "other" poets unfurl the flag in this multicultural collection of poetry edited by Frank X Walker.
Looking Beyond the Mountains  by Steven Hammond.  Softcover, $15.00.  Mistakenly identified at birth as a female due to a genital birth defect, Steven Hammond lived for his first 25 years as a girl.
Days of Anger, Days of Tears: The History of the Rowan County War by Fred Brown and Juanita Blair.  Hardcover $25.  The story of Kentucky's bloodiest feud with more than 500 citations.
   
Kentucky Waltz: Collected Short Fiction  by Garry Barker.  Softcover $15 "... a wonderful excursion into the heart and mind of modern Appalachia," said novelist Sharyn McCrumb.  Winner of the Kentucky Literary Award in fiction.  
Fresh-Fleshed Sisters  by Normandi Ellis.  Softcover $15.  "[Ellis] is a genius at concealing the most startling revelations within the most ordinary moments of everyday life," said Ed McClanahan. Finalist for the Kentucky Literary Award in fiction. 
Where Roots Echo  by Mary Caskey.  softcover $15.   "Mary Caskey's first collection of poetry tumbles out and delights like a patch of nasturtiums from fertile earth."  --Christine Swanberg
   
To Find a Birdsong   Billy Clark    Billy C. ClarkTo Find a Birdsong by Billy C. Clark. $20.00, hardcover.   Part legend, part fable, this is the story of how Nanabozho saved the muskrats, and how a wise old muskrat at last found his land of birdsong.   Finalist for the Kentucky Literary Award in fiction.
Her Secret Dream    Rita QuillenHer Secret Dream by Rita Sims Quillen, $15.00.  New and selected poems.  "Quillen writes wisely and eloquently of growing up, growing old, motherhood, marriage, and the life of the artist.... these poems throb with longing and loss..."   ---Pamela Duncan
Appalachian Writers Association Poetry Book of the Year.   
To Catch an Autumn   Billy Clark   Billy C. ClarkTo Catch an Autumn by Billy C. Clark, softcover, $15.00.  -- a collection of poems that reveal the author's knowledge of, and love for, the land and waters of his home.
   
Catalpa    George Ella LyonCatalpa  by George Ella Lyon, softcover, $15.00.  Lyon's first full-length collection of poems in a new edition with an introduction by Robert West.
Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year.
    

Breathing in Darkness by Ted Olson. softcover, $15.00 ISBN 1893239543.  An insightful collection of poems attentive to the natural world, the human heart, and life's light and dark places.
  

What Feeds Us  by Diane Lockward. softcover, $15.00  ISBN 1893239578.  Diane Lockward explores the feminine mystique in her second full-length collection of sensual and imaginative poems.  Recipient of Wind's Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize.
  

Nobody Knows, Nobody Sees: A Novel of Appalachia  by Bob Sloan.  $16.00   ISBN 189323956X.  
Love and murder in Hawkes County, Kentucky.

Cross This Bridge at a Walk  by Jared Carter.  $15.00  ISBN 1893239462.  Poems about America and her people.  Carter's fourth collection of poems reaches out to the stories, myths, and recollections of an entire continent.

Bright Wings to Fly:  An Appalachian Family in the Civil War   by Bruce Hopkins.  $16.00  ISBN 1893239551.   The first of a trilogy that deals with three great periods of Eastern Kentucky history.

Appalachian Studies  by Anne Shelby.  $15.00. ISBN 1893239527.  These are poems of gentle humor and sharp intellect. They will be of interest to every student of Appalachian culture.

Poetry and Compassion: Essays on Art and Craft  by Frederick Smock. $15.00.  ISBN 1893239535.  Imagine sitting in a pub and enjoying a conversation with an erudite companion. You'll say, "I enjoyed your company. The ale's on me." 

The Garden Girls' Letters and Journal  by Laverne Zabielski. $15.00.  ISBN 1893239519.    Marriage. Sex. Parenting. Art. Drugs. Illness. Friendship. Feminism.  This candid memoir explores it all.

Girty  by Richard Taylor. $15.00. ISBN 1893239500.  Simon Girty's reputation for bloody exploits made him the most hated villain on the American frontier.  However, many who knew the man respected him for his convictions, principles, and bravery.

Missing Mountains: We went to the mountaintop but it wasn't there edited by Kristin Johannsen, Bobbie Ann Mason, Mary Ann Taylor-Hall. $16.00   ISBN 1893239497 Thirty-five Kentuckians write against mountaintop removal mining.

Five Terraces  by Ann Fisher-Wirth.  $14.00   ISBN 1893239446

Peril, Kentucky  by Joseph G. Anthony.  $15.00  ISBN 1893239454
A tale of modern-day Appalachia. 

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Felt Along the Blood  by Harry Brown, edited and with a foreword by Steven Cope. $14.00  ISBN 1893239489
New and selected poems.

Lives of the Poem -- Community and Connection in a Writing Life, by Richard Hague. 309 pages. 
$ 19.00, 1893239268 Softcover
$ 29.00, 1893239411 Hardcover

Silk and Steel -- Stories of Strong Women, by Jan Sparkman, 100 pages, ISBN 1893239373, $14.00

Crow! -- The Children's Poems, by Steven Cope, 136 pages, ISBN 1893239365, Hardcover, $25.00.

Moving Out, Finding Home, by Bob Fox, 179 pages, ISBN 1893239322 $15.00. Essays on Identity, Place, Community and Class. 

Moon Dogs -- poems by Edmund August, 83 pages, ISBN 1893239403  $14.00
Finalist for WKU's Kentucky Literary Award in Poetry.
 

Crossing the Great Divide, by Nancy Roberts, 151 pages, ISBN 1893239381  $14.00
Critically acclaimed short stories.

A Storm Of Honey, essays by Charles Semones, 105 pages, ISBN 1893239314   $14.00
Notes from the Sabbath Country.

Among Wordless Things, by Ron Houchin, 91 pages, ISBN 1893239349  $14.00. 
Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award in Poetry.

Poetry As Prayer, edited by Denise McKinney, 149 pages,
ISBN 1893239292  $14.00
Appalachian Women Speak. 

The Tongue, poems by Tom Hunley, 89 pages, ISBN 1893239284  $14.00.

Home Call  by Bob Sloan205 pages, ISBN 1893239306  $15.00.
A novel from the mountains of eastern Kentucky. 

Tobacco--A Literary Anthology, edited by Edmund August, 137 pages, ISBN 1893239225, $14.00.
Fiction, poetry, and essays about a culture or way of life that is destined to disappear. 

Bearskin to Holly Fork--Stories from Appalachia, by Bob Sloan, 148 pages, ISBN 1893239217  $14.00

Afternoon in the Country of Summer, poems by Charles Semones, 160 pages, ISBN 1893239179  $14.00
WKU Kentucky Literary Award in Poetry.