Kentucky Voices

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Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:00-9:30 PM
Church of the Ascension, 311 Washington St., Frankfort, KY.
(Doors open for reception at 6:30 pm.)

An annual member benefit event for the Kentucky Conservation Committee, open to the public.

This year we are proud to feature the
following distinguished local authors:

Gurney Norman
Gurney will be reading from his new collection of stories, “Allegiance,” published by Old Cove Press. The stories are told mainly from the perspective of Norman’s fictional  character Wilgus Collier, as he struggles to understand his working-class Appalachian childhood.


Bernard Clay
Featuring his first volume of Affrilachian poetry: “English Lit”

The book creates a portrait of a young African-American writer coming of age in Louisville, Kentucky, in the 1980s and ’90s. From childhood through early adulthood, Clay sculpts moments of his life in language that is intimate, direct, and powerfully detailed.

Clay grew up in the shadow of the now demolished Southwick housing projects in Louisville’s West End. He has spent most of his life in Kentucky cultivating an appreciation, over the years, for the state’s disappearing natural wonders and unique but sparse urban areas.

Artist Anna Marie Pavlik

Anna Marie Pavlik grew up in Minnesota. After obtaining a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Minnesota, a drafting certificate from St Paul Vocational School, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and work with 3M Company in Austin, Texas, she eventually set up her own studio.  Focusing on copper etching and stratograph (a layered monoprint process) Anna Marie produced several bodies of work exploring narrative themes.  She has lived in Frankfort, Kentucky for 9 years.

Growing concern for the survival of natural areas and a need to understand the relationship of people to their environment have encouraged Anna Marie to explore nature related themes.  Participation in Artist-in-Residence Program sponsored by National and State Parks has been an ongoing focus.  Exploring preserved areas with a camera, preparing etching plates, and journaling is an ongoing effort.  Accompanying this field work, she researches the history, ecosystem, and special circumstances which make particular locations significant.  The reward of finding a visual way to effectively communicate the emotional concern, value, and unique qualities of natural areas is an ongoing goal for Anna Marie.

Her prints are in the collections of Hallmark Corporation, Kansas City, Missouri, Solender/Hall, Inc., Dallas, Texas, Sprint Corporation, Overland Park, Kansas, Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and University of South Dakota, Vermilion.

Thomas Kiffmeyer

Author of “Reformers to Radicals: The Appalachian Volunteers and the War on Poverty.” In the early 1960s, the Appalachian Volunteers determined to eliminate poverty in the mountainous southeastern United States through education. In this book, Thomas Kiffmeyer demonstrates how the activists ultimately failed because they were indecisive and distracted by unrelated causes.

“I grew up along the Ohio River west on Cincinnati.  After my undergraduate degree from Miami University, Oxford, OH, I eventually earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kentucky in 1998.  I have been on the faculty at Morehead State’s History Department since 1997.  While on concentrate on Appalachia and the War on Poverty, I also like to dabble in Kentucky history in the 1830s.

I became interested in Appalachian History because my family is originally from Cincinnati’s west side which, beginning with the outmigration precipitated by World War Two, became the city’s ‘Appalachian neighborhood.'”

Crystal Wilkinson

“Crystal Wilkinson’s Opulence, Kentucky, is small geographically and in population, but the novel’s concerns are large―life, death, love, betrayal, despair, and hope. Wilkinson is a lyrical writer, and, once encountered in these pages, her characters and their stories linger in our memories long after the last page is turned. The Birds of Opulence is a novel to be read and reread.”―Ron Rash, author of Above the Waterfall


Dan and Judy Dourson

With over 1,000 color images and numerous illustrations covering over 1,500 species currently known to exist in the watershed, their book, Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River Gorge is designed to be accessible to the casual hiker and of use to the seasoned naturalist.

The evening includes a wine & cheese reception. Authors will
have books and prints on hand for signing. Admission is a suggested
donation of $20 (or FREE with a new or renewed KCC membership,
suggested donation $40)

(Note that donations to KCC are not tax-deductible due to
our effective lobbying efforts).