Thursday, February 09, 2006

Kentucky Author: Garry Barker

Garry Barker is a local Kentucky writer who has written several acclaimed books about Appalachian culture. From his web site, a must read:

Kentucky author Garry Barker was born in Otway, Ohio, in 1943, grew up in Elliott and Fleming Counties of Kentucky, graduated from Berea College and has worked since 1965 as an arts administrator and writer.

He recently retired as University Editor at Morehead State University and lives at Bald Hill in Fleming County.

Barker is the author of 9 published books and of “Head of the Holler,” a newspaper column that has run in regional newspapers since 1988. This site is columns, fun or fanciful, angry or sentimental, always concise and clear and related to rural Kentucky.

As a writer of fiction, poetry, history, essay, and humor, Garry Barker has earned much recognition and numerous awards, most recently the Kentucky Arts Council, a $1,000 Professional Development award.

His University of Tennessee Press books are The Handcraft Revival in Southern Appalachia, 1930-1990, and Notes From A Native Son: Essays On The Appalachian Experience.

He is currently collecting information for a new book about Elliott County, Ky., and putting together a new short story collection.

What critics say about Garry Barker:

"Rural life is a wonder of small and large events that would maybe seem strange to urban dwellers, and it is the unique country lifestyle, or the 'country' life, that occupies the pen of Garry Barker. His humorous conflicts with mice, hounds, briars and vines, underbrush, snakes, and things that go bump in the night and day have been a staple of his words for years."

To order books by Garry Barker, click here. To read his "Head of the Holler" column, click here.

posted at 10:47 AM by Jeremy Parnell


Jeremy said...

I totally agree. I read his column in the Ledger every chance I get.

11:40 PM

I love reading Garry Barkers books. Garry is a very talented writer, as is his wife Danetta.
The Fleming County Libray has many of Garry's books in the Kentucky writer's section.

1:43 PM