2007 East Kentucky Leadership Arts and Culture Award Winner - Linda Scott DeRosier

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A Johnson County native has spent her life writing about growing up in Eastern Kentucky and traveling the world lecturing on psychology. This year, she's the Eastern Kentucky Leadership Arts and Culture Award winner.

To find out about Linda Scott DeRosier, all you have to do is go into a bookstore and pick up a copy of "Creeker: A Woman's Journey".

"I think you will probably understand Appalachia more when you read her," said "Words and Stuff" Bookstore Owner James Tramel.

DeRosier has a first hand knowledge of Appalachia in her book because "Creeker: A Woman's Journey" is all about her. She tells about her life growing up in Johnson County, but more specifically, Two Mile Creek.

"I believe that there are insights that she portrays or allows us to see that are a cut or two above the other authors who write about things Appalachian," Tramel said.

"Her books are outstanding because I think anybody, especially from this area, can really identify with her because it's all so real to what we all had to go through," said Gerri Kinder.

She also published another book, this one about her Daddy Life and Mother Grace in the book, "Songs of Life and Grace".

"I think it does tell the rest of the world what growing up in Eastern Kentucky is like," Kinder said.

DeRosier has traveled the rest of the world since growing up in Eastern Kentucky. After getting her degree from Pikeville College, she pursued masters and doctorate degrees at other universities, including Harvard. She's spent the last 40 years as a psychology professor and has studied, lectured, or visited all 50 states and more than 50 countries. She now lives in Montana and is a professor at Rocky Mountain College.

"But I think she's still a Kentuckian, an Appalachian," Tramel said.

DeRosier will tell you that she is and the writers of the book "Faces of Kentucky" agreed. She's on page 105. For that honor, DeRosier said,

"My first reaction to seeing the piece was that I must be getting old to be in the same volume with Daniel Boone and Henry Clay, but as I paged through the book, it struck me how very lucky I am to have been able to fashion a life doing what I enjoy, while enjoying what I do. What's more, I have been able to find work on four continents which for a woman of my generation, is near miraculous," DeRosier said.

The winner of the 2007 East Kentucky Leadership Culture and Arts Award goes to Linda Scott DeRosier.

The East Kentucky Leadership Conference is Thursday and Friday in Pikeville. Seats are still available. For more information call 606-432-9174.

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