The Fall Festival of Authors & Folk Artists will be held at the Pikeville Public Library on Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Authors and folk artists throughout Appalachia will be on hand to show, sign and sell their books and music. Refreshments will also be served. Anyone wanting to learn more about the festival can contact coordinator Charlene Hopkins at 606-432- 1285 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the next four issues, Medical Leader will be showcasing authors and artists scheduled to appear at the festival.
Adda Leah Davis Adda Leah Davis is a retired elementary teacher, a mother, grandmother and author, and has been a playwright director, performer, newspaper reporter and columnist, as well as director of Economic Development for McDowell County, W.Va.
Davis’ love of Appalachia and her sense of belonging has contributed to all of her work. She loves writing, teaching writing and performing, and working with children and adults in creative endeavors.
She was born and raised on Bradshaw Mountain in McDowell County and lived there for the first 50 years of her life. Interspersed in those years were moves to Illinois, Indiana, California, Ohio and Virginia to find work for her husband.
Bryan Auxier Bryan Auxier is a children’s writer as well as an elementary school teacher. Auxier graduated from Paintsville High School in 1991. He received his associate of arts degree from Ohio Valley College and his Bachelor’s of Arts in education with an area of emphasis in English communications from Morehead State University. He began teaching in 1996.
Auxier’s first book, “Where Have All the Dragons Gone?”, was published in 2002, and his follow up book, “Where Have All the Unicorns Gone?,” was released in 2003. “Three Days and Four Knights” was released in 2004. Each book not only presents captivating stories for children, but they teach valuable lessons as well.
Auxier has traveled to many cities for book signings, readings, workshops and appearances. He has been the guest of honor for medieval and fantasy fairs, participated in a book signing at DragonCon (the world’s largest science fiction and fantasy convention), conducted workshops for the Kentucky Arts Council, and visited many schools and libraries around the country.
Auxier’s works are included in the Kentucky Collection, which is supported by the Kentucky Arts Council.
Cornelius Carroll Cornelius Carroll was born in Pikeville and is a resident of Harold, Ky. He is the author of two books, “The Mullins Families of East Kentucky” and “Southwest Virginia and The Beginner’s Guide to Using Tax Lists,” and numerous short articles on genealogy and history.
An avid archaeologist, genealogist and historian, Carroll participated this June in the excavation and relocation of one of his family cemeteries, which was moved to make way for a three-lane connector road. He helped catalogue, document and photograph the remains of his great-great grandfather and numerous other individuals. His interest in genealogy and history was stimulated as a young child while helping his father restore old family cemeteries. His interest in writing was inspired by comic books and novels.
David B. and Eulalie C. “Lalie” Dick David Dick grew up in Kentucky. Eulalie “Lalie” Cumbo, a descendant of Kentuckians, was born in New Orleans and raised in Woodville, Miss., where David and she were married in 1978. Together they returned to Kentucky, where they founded Plum Lick Publishing.
Their eight books – “Follow the Storm: A Long Way Home,” “Rivers of Kentucky,” “The View From Plum Lick,” “Peace at the Center,” “A Conversation With Peter P. Pence,” “The Quiet Kentuckians” and “Home Sweet Kentucky” – are rooted in their love for Kentucky and Kentuckians. David’s critically acclaimed historical novel, “The Scourges of Heaven,” was published in 1998 and was the first original fiction ever published by University Press of Kentucky. Their newest book, “Kentucky: a State of Mind,” is due out the end of October.
Lalie writes a column, “Kentucky Women,” for Kentucky Farm Bureau’s newspaper, All Around Kentucky. David is a columnist for the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives’ Kentucky Living magazine and for Appalachian Life magazine.
Frank Deft Born in the steel town of Aliguippa, Pa., Frank Deft hastily departed at the age of 16, attaining short-range goals while seeking a career path.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army late in World War II and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He applied for pilot training and after graduating in 1953 was assigned to USFA NATO fighter squadron in West Germany, where he served as a line pilot for three years – the period during which his novel takes place.
Deft has written 11 novels, and his manuscripts have achieved award status in two international competitions. He studied art and law at UCLA and is a member of the state bar of California, MENSA and three military associations.
Deft resides in the forested mountains of western North Carolina, writes every day and leads a spartan life.
Garry Barker Garry Barker was born in 1943, the third of nine children, in Otway, Ohio. The f a m i l y returned three weeks later to their home in Elliott County, Ky. After World War II the Barkers migrated to nearby Fleming County, where Garry graduated from high school as a National Merit Scholar and left for Berea College, where he received a degree in English in 1965.
Barker’s first job after college was as an untitled assistant to the director of the Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, N.C., the beginning of a career in arts administration that spans over 35 years. Since October 2002, he has been university editor in Morehead State University’s Marketing Department.
In addition to “Mountain Passage & Other Stories of Eastern Kentucky,” reissued in 2003 by the Jesse Stuart Foundation, Barker has published eight more books of fiction, poetry, history and essay, including “The Handcraft Revival in Southern Appalachia, 1930-1990” from the University of Tennessee Press, which also published his “Notes From A Native Son: Essays on the Appalachian Experience.” Other titles include “Fire On The Mountain,” “All Night Dog,” “Copperhead Summer” and “Bitter Creek Breakdown.” His “Head of the Holler” newspaper column has run for over 10 years in various Kentucky papers and also serves as his commentary on Morehead State public radio. His fiction has won awards from the Catholic Press Association, Appalachian Heritage, M Magazine, the Kentucky Arts Council and Morehead State University.
George Brosi George Brosi is the editor of Appalachian Heritage, a literary quarterly published by Berea College. He and his wife, Connie, are the proprietors of Appalachian Mountain Books, a retail book business which has specialized exclusively in books about Appalachia since the 1970s.
He is the author of a monograph, “The Literature of the Appalachian South,” and the co-editor of two books, “Jesse Stuart: The Man and His Books,” published in 1988 by the Jesse Stuart Foundation, and “No Lonesome Road: The Prose and Poetry of Don West,” published in 2004 by University of Illinois Press. On Sept. 4, 2005, this book was presented with an American Book Award at a ceremony in Oakland, Calif.
Kathy Dingus Kathy Dingus, the mother of three exuberant children, and her husband Thomas have been married for 21 years. They currently reside in Clintwood, Va. Her parents, the late James Hoyt and Rachel Ann Mullins, have been staunch supporters and her best friends.
Dingus likes to read, craft, crochet, design Indian beadwork and sand art, and listen to music. She is a member of the Clintwood Lions Club and Dickenson County Chamber of Commerce, secretary on the Gifted Education Parent Advisory Committee of Dickenson County, a Multiple Sclerosis Peer Counselor, a Multiple Sclerosis Support Group Leader, owner of her own Fireside Chat & Stream, internet disc jockey and an avid genealogist.
The concept of “Dancing on the Mountaintops” began with Dingus’ father’s father, and his father’s father and so on. In writing her book, Dingus attempts to pick up the search for stories through volumes of left-behind information, material and hundreds of pieces of scrap papers with little gems of tidbits of knowledge scribbled on them. Most of these family stories are written in our own mountain language. Dingus tells it like it was and the grammar and lack of formal English in some of these stories portray that.
Linda Dockery Linda Dockery has been writing since the early 1970s and is a published author of nine books – “Three Little Words,” “Once Upon A Time,” “Trail of No Return,” “Dream Chasers,” “An Angel For Christmas,” “Anna Claus: The Woman Behind the Legend,” “Cowgirl Up,” “Trusty Steeds of Film and TV” and “Cowboys & Cowgirls of Film & TV.”
Dockery’s articles have appeared in Western Horseman, Quarter Horse Journal, Appaloosa Journal, Ladies Home Journal, Country Living, McCall’s and many others. Her newspaper stories and articles have appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal, Boston Globe, Oklahoma Tribune, Washington News, USA Today, Salem Leader, Banner Gazette and Corydon Democrat.
For a year, she was a columnist for the Banner Gazette and was editor of an international magazine, Pen Works. She and offers book reviews for several newspapers.
Dockery is currently a member of the Indiana Film Commission, the Authors Guild, the American Society for Journalist and Authors, Central Indiana Writers Association, National Historical Society, International Women’s Writers Guild, American Film Institute, Western Writers of America and Women Writing the West.
Loretta Craig “The Mystery of Emily Quillen,” Loretta Craig’s first novel, is the story of true love, passion and truth, with twists and turns around every corner.
Craig has dedicated her life to the literary arts. She spent four years in Los Angeles learning the art of script writing. She has published poetry in 14 books including “The International Who’s Who in Poetry” and has won various honors and awards in the field of poetry.
She has two more books due to be released within the next few months, “Illusions” and “Amber Ways.” She is presently working on a fourth novel, “The Poet,” a historical book of fact and fiction that takes you back in time to the year 1899.
Craig resides with her husband, Larry, and their two children, Michael and Lori, in Flatwoods, Ky.
Nancy Allen Nancy Kelly Allen’s journey toward the world of writing has been uphill and taken twists and turns like a winding mountain road. She started her career as a social worker and later became a middle school social studies teacher before becoming a primary school librarian.
Allen is surrounded by children’s books, and that’s how she likes it. Her former profession as a primary school librarian together with her evening ritual of writing or “pondering” her next children’s story has provided the perfect creative atmosphere. She fondly recalls childhood evening story times and credits her father’s never-ending supply of humorous stories for her love of reading and writing. She has a master’s degree in education from Morehead State University and a master’s in library science from the University of Kentucky. Nancy lives in Kentucky, in the very log cabin in which she grew up in Knott County. She shares this home with her husband. Larry, and two canine writer assistants, Pippin and Harrietta.
Steven R. Cope “First, Crow!” , Steven R. Cope’s mammoth collection of children’s poems, comes complete with lively illustrations of both dancing and pensive crows. Of that book, children’s writer Anne Shelby writes, “If Wordsworth met up with Dr. Seuss somewhere in eastern Kentucky, and setting out to write poems together, they ran smack dab into James Still and Ogden Nash, you might end up with something as funny, surprising and generally delightful as ‘Crow!’”
Cope’s second collection out in 2005, “The Furrbawl Poems,” is also a landmark work, collecting all of his poetry written over a period of 20 years (1973-1993) that has not been previously collected.
Cope is also the author of the sometimes dark and earthy poetry collections “In Killdeer’s Field” and “Clover’s Log,” the mysterious novel “Sassafras” and “The Book of Saws,” an illustrated collection of fables and tales. Cope is originally from Menifee.
Terry Cummins Terry Cummins ran his first marathon at age 63, technically climbed his first mountain on his 64th birthday and published his first book at age 69.
Better late than never works for him.
He left the farm at age 18, never to return as intended. “Feed My Sheep” is his way of going back to the vibrant life during his 13th year in 1947. After college, the military and 34 years in public education, he retired and pursued longtime interests and desires to travel and write. He has backpacked across the Grand Canyon, traversed India and Siberia, participated in an Inca archeological project in Peru, and climbed mountains in Bolivia and Ecuador. He trekked to above base camp at both north and south face of Mt. Everest and to above the advanced base camp at K2, the second tallest mountain in the world. He ran marathons in New York, Washington, D.C. and Paris. His adventures have also included having tea with Princess Diana in London. In addition to writing about his adventures and travels, Cummins resides in New Albany, Ind., where he writes a weekly column on primarily humorous topics and political satire.
Thomas W. Elam Born in 1958, Pike Countian Thomas W. Elam has always had an interest in books. From the seventh grade through his high school years, Elam, influenced by the movies and novels that he read, began writing science fiction, fantasy and horror stories as a hobby.
Over the following years, he became more serious with his writing, but with not as much gumption. Finally, with his priority back in place, he has put his writing goals back in his sights, right on target. With this aim, Thomas introduces his first two books, both simultaneously published through Publish America.
The first, “My New Kentucky Home,” is a collection of miscellaneous poems about family, soul searching, and personal life experiences and observations, as well as some for just plain, silly fun.
The other, “Tricks, Treats and Tinsel,” is a collection of poetry on Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as the seasons that surround all three.
Continuing his author’s journey, Elam is presently working on “Salute,” a collection of poetry about and dedicated to those serving in the military, some of which also have appeared in a local newspaper. He is also currently putting together “Swaying Tales,” a collection of fairy tales, each told in a poetic flow. After that, he plans to embark upon on his list of science fiction, fantasy, horror and adventure tales.
Tina Rae Collins Tina Rae Collins has authored seven books – “Down Mare Creek Road,” “Up Hurricane Road,” “My Little Children,” “Tales from the Coop,” “The Soup Bean War,” “When Angels Cry” and “What About Brian.” Her poetry has been published in national and international anthologies, and HillTop Records of Hollywood, Calif., recorded her song “The Sandman.” Her short stories, poetry and essays have appeared in Appalachian Heritage magazine, and her poem “Buddha” won third place for the Denny C. Plattner Award in 2002. For five years she was host of WPRG’s “Writers Reading.” She has written numerous religious, technical and educational articles. She is a graduate of Pikeville College and is employed by Brian Boggs Chairmakers of Berea, Ky., where she resides with two of her four children.