November 21, 2019

Contact: Virginia Underwood, Publisher

Phone: 859.576.1030

Email: [email protected]


Kentucky publisher Shadelandhouse Modern Press to host Kentucky authors holiday showcase and book signing

Berea, Kentucky – Sunday, December 1, 10:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Shadelandhouse Modern Press, a Lexington, Kentucky-based, family-operated independent book publishing company founded by Virginia H. Underwood, Berea College alumna (1973) and University of Kentucky College of Law alumna (1986), will host a Kentucky authors showcase and book signing at the historic Boone Tavern Hotel, 100 Main Street, Berea. A reception with light holiday refreshments will begin at 12:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Six Kentucky authors will be on hand to greet community members, visitors, and guests, and to sell and sign their recently published books. Shadelandhouse Modern Press will also be announcing authors new to the press and sharing information about their forthcoming titles. 

Kentucky authors who will be signing their books include Sandi Keaton-Wilson, Marta Miranda-Straub, James Riley, Sherry Robinson, Jane B. Stephenson, and Richard (Rick) Underwood. 

Authors new to Shadelandhouse Modern Press this fall include Carolyn Grace, Rebecca Lindsay, Jermey Paden, and Bianca Spriggs. 

About the authors:

Sandi Keaton-Wilson is a writer of prose, poetry, short stories, plays, and performance pieces, who lives a simple Christian life enjoying worship, family, friends, and the arts. Always a nature lover, she considers reading and writing her second nature. Sandi is the author of No Shroud of Silence (2018) and currently resides in Somerset, Kentucky.Read one of Sandi’s poems.  




Marta Miranda-Straub is a poet and storyteller who has spent her life working towards equity and inclusion and creating systems change. Her activism has focused on advancing social and economic justice for marginalized communities. Currently based in Louisville, Marta is the author of Cradled by Skeletons: A Life in Poems and Essays (2019). She was inducted into the Affrilachian Poets by Frank X Walker in 2009. Read one of Marta’s poems. 


James Riley is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Al Smith Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council, and an Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council. He edited Kentucky Voices: A Collection of Contemporary Kentucky Short Stories (PC Press, 1999). James is the author of Broken Frequencies, a poetry collection (2019), and a professor of English at the University of Pikeville. Read a selection from Broken Frequencies. 


Sherry Robinson is the author of two novels, Blessed (2019) and My Secrets Cry Aloud (Booksurge Publishing, 2009). She is currently Vice Provost and professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University, where she spent thirteen years specializing in American Literature before moving into administrative positions. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, she now resides in Richmond, Kentucky. Read an interview with Sherry. 


Jane Stephenson

Jane B. Stephenson was born in the mountains of North Carolina and came to Kentucky in 1966. She is the former First Lady of Berea College and the founder of The New Opportunity School for Women, which has served 925 women at multiple program sites to date. In 2003, Jane received Oprah’s Use Your Life Award and has received other awards from various state and national organizations. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky. Her most recent book is I Am Not A Nobody: Stories of Courageous Appalachian Women and Their Journeys with the New Opportunity School for Women, with Jane’s Story by Crystal Kieloch (2019). Learn more about NOSW Foundation  


Richard H. Underwood, American legal scholar and legal nonfiction and true crime writer, is the Edward T. Breathitt Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law in Lexington, Kentucky and the award-winning author of Gaslight Lawyers: Criminal Trials & Exploits in Gilded Age New York (2017) and CrimeSong: True Crime Stories from Southern Murder Ballads (2016). Read  one of Richard’s blogposts.   

Carolyn Grace, Kentucky poet, currently resides in Berea, Kentucky, and is a student in the Bluegrass Writers Studio low-residency MFA at Eastern Kentucky University. She is a graduate of Berea College. Carolyn is currently working on a debut poetry collection to be released by Shadelandhouse Modern Press is 2021.  Read one of Carolyn’s poems.    

Rebecca (Becky) Lindsay, Kentucky poet and children’s fiction writer, currently resides in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, and she serves as the editor of Pegasus, the journal of the Kentucky State Poetry Society.  She is a graduate of George Peabody College for Teachers (Vanderbilt University) and a life-long educator. Becky was born and grew up in Virginia where she spent much of her time in the middle counties of the Shenandoah Valley, the setting for her forthcoming historical fiction, The Peacemakers, a children’s book to be released by Shadelandhouse Modern Press in 2020. Read a selection from Pegasus.  

Jeremy Paden, poet and Associate Professor of Spanish at Transylvania University

Jeremy Paden currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a professor of Spanish at Transylvania University, as well as a faculty member in Spalding’s low-residency MFA teaching literary translation. He is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and the author of dozens of published poems and translations, chapbooks and poetry collections, including Ruina Montium (2016, Broadstone). His forthcoming title Under the Ocelot Sun, an illustrated poem for adults and children, with illustrator Annelisa Hermosilla (Transylvania University alumna), will be released by Shadelandhouse Modern Press in 2020. Read one of Jeremy’s essays.  


Bianca Spriggs is an award-winning writer and multi-disciplinary artist from Kentucky. Currently an assistant professor of English at Ohio University, she is the author of five collections of poetry, as well as the co-editor of three poetry anthologies. Her forthcoming title, We’re Still Big Banging, will be released by Shadelandhouse Modern Press in 2021. Read one of Bianca’s poems.

About the publisher:

Shadelandhouse Modern Press, LLC, a Lexington, Kentucky-based, family-operated independent book publishing company, was founded to publish authentic and compelling nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and plays. Shadelandhouse debuted with two award-winning legal nonfiction history and true crime books. We are committed to the advancement of established and emerging writers, to excellence in publishing, and to the production of high quality, entertaining, and artistic books. 

For more information please contact Virginia H. Underwood, Publisher, Tel (859) 576-1030

[email protected] or Stephanie Underwood, Associate Publisher, [email protected].