Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry is an author, environmental activist, and farmer. He is the author of works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a 2010 National Humanities Medal. He lives and works with his wife, Tanya Berry, on their farm in Port Royal, Kentucky.

Thomas Tyler Bouldin

Ty lives in the mountains of West Virginia.  He is nearing completion of Montani Semper: a novella in mixed media.  

Susan Ross Daole

Susan is a master gardener, and former librarian. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Silas House

Silas House is a best selling author, journalist, playwright, activist and teacher. His writing has appeared recently in Time, The Atlantic, Ecotone, The Advocate, Garden and Gun, and Oxford American.  He is a former commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered”.

Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver’s sixteen books of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction have won a devoted worldwide readership and many awards, including the National Humanities Medal. She lives with her husband on a farm in Appalachian Virginia.

Nana Lampton

Nana Lampton is a writer, artist, and long time resident of Louisville, KY.

Ada Limón

Ada Limón is the 24th Poet Laureate of The United States. She is the author of six books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Limón is also the host of the critically-acclaimed poetry podcast, The Slowdown. Her new book of poetry, The Hurting Kind, is out now from Milkweed Editions.

George Ella Lyon

Former Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon writes in multiple genres for readers of all ages. Her recent collections include Voices of Justice: Poems About People Working for a Better World (Holt Books for Young Readers, 2020) and Back to the Light: Poems (U Press of KY, 2021).  For additional information, visit

Diane Lee Moomey

Diane Lee Moomey is a painter and poet living in Half Moon Bay, California, where she is co-host of Coastside Poetry, a monthly reading series; her work has appeared in, Mezzo Cammin, Caesura, California Quarterly, The Road Less Taken and others. Please visit her at

Michael Moran

Michael Moran is a poet who lives on a small farm in Franklin County, Kentucky.  Larkspur Press published his collection, The Fallen World, in 2008. His poetry has also been featured on MPR’s “The Writer’s Almanac”.

Leslie Shane

Leslie is a poet living in Frankfort, Kentucky.  She is also a book artist who has worked with Larkspur Press, Monterey, KY for many years.

Lee Smith

Lee Smith has been a voice of the south for decades.  She has been a generous mentor to many gifted writers. Her recent works include Dimestore:  A Writer’s Life (2016) , and a novella, Blue Marlin (2020). A forthcoming novel, Silver Alert, is due out in 2023. She lives in North Carolina.

Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor served as Kentucky Poet Laureate 1999-2000. He is a writer, teacher, and historian, living on a small farm in Kentucky.

Gray Zeitz

Gray Zeitz, proprietor of Larkspur Press, is a master printer and poet.  He lives on a small farm in Monterey, Kentucky.


Mary Azarian

Mary Azarian is a woodcut artist, book illustrator, Caldecott medalist and gardener.  She lives on a small hill farm in Vermont. More information about Mary can be found at

Wesley Bates

Primarily known for his Wood Engraving work, Bates has illustrated for major publishers.  His work is held in public and private collections in Canada, the United States, England, Ireland, Australia, Spain, Japan and China.

Laura Lee Cundiff

Laura Lee Cundiff is a painter and illustrator located in the bluegrass region of Kentucky.

John Lackey

John Lackey is a native of Lexington, KY, and is the owner of Homegrown Press Studio & Gallery.

Marianna McDonald

Marian is an accomplished pastel artist living in Lexington, KY.  She has a BS degree in art, with an emphasis on painting and drawing.

Joanne Price

Joanne Price is the founder and artist of Starpointe Studio, specializing in wood engraved illustrations, original limited edition prints, and book arts in rural Kentucky.

Carolyn Whitesel

Carolyn Whitesel is a book artist, illustrator and poet living in North College Hill, Ohio.

Printers and Mentors

Gay Reading, Margaret I King Press, University of KY

Carolyn Reading Hammer (1911-2001), The Anvil Press

J. Hill Hamon (1931-2010), Whippoorwill Press

Gray Zeitz, Larkspur Press

Others who make it all happen.

Barry Puhr

Painter, printer of BWP designs on this site and master of keeping our lives running smoothly.

Patsy Lee Anderson

Photographer, proof reader, and always available with a helping hand.  Her gorgeous photos can be found on her Etsy site.

Daniel Gambert

Web designer.  He made this site possible.