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Dec. 14, 2023

The InKY Reading Series is a free author series broadcast live on Zoom. Watch archived readings on the LLA YouTube channel.


Denise Estelle Brown was born in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky. She spent her childhood in a coal mining camp at the foot of a mountain before going on to become a painter and creative writer with a strong interest in community leadership. Denise focused on underserved youth in her role as Executive Artistic Director of Les McCann School for the Arts and currently holds the position of Executive Director for the Hopewell Museum in Paris, Kentucky.

She earned a BA in studio arts from Transylvania University and an MA in liberal arts from John Hopkins University. 

Denise Brown

Mick Puckett spent his youth in the woods and along streams and rivers around Fern Creek, KY. In his working life, he spent twenty- plus years as a recording engineer. A musician himself, Mick recorded albums for Kentucky musicians in his studio, Real to Reel Recording, as well as on-location music festivals for NPR. His love of traditional mountain music has been a lifelong passion.

During a middle-aged search for something new, Mick became a teacher and for the next twenty years taught science in the public schools and biology at Indiana University Southeast. Now retired, Mick is a volunteer for Raptor Rehabilitation of KY, where he treats and releases injured hawks, owls, falcons, eagles, and vultures. He is a featured writer in The Boom Project: Voices of a Generation anthology and in Landslide Lit on

Mick Puckett
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