Wendell BerryWendell Erdman Berry (born August 5, 1934) is an American novelist, poet, essayist, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer. Closely identified with rural Kentucky, Berry developed many of his agrarian themes in the early essays of ''The Gift of Good Land'' (1981) and ''The Unsettling of America'' (1977). His attention to the culture and economy of rural communities is also found in the novels and stories of Port William, such as ''A Place on Earth'' (1967), ''Jayber Crow'' (2000), and ''That Distant Land'' (2004).
He is an elected member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, a recipient of The National Humanities Medal, and the Jefferson Lecturer for 2012. He is also a 2013 Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences and, since 2014, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Berry was named the recipient of the 2013 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. On January 28, 2015, he became the first living writer to be inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame. Provided by Wikipedia