Georgia Green Stamper is a seventh generation Kentuckian on both sides of her family tree. She grew up on a tobacco farm in Owen County, in the north central section of the state. She and her husband Ernie still own the Eagle Creek family land which has belonged to one member or another of her mother’s people for over a hundred and fifty years.

A graduate of Transylvania University, Stamper is a former high school English and theater teacher and speech team coach. She was a published writer by the time she finished first grade when a poem she wrote appeared in the nationally circulated children’s magazine, “Wee Wisdom.” Despite that precocious beginning, Stamper’s writing career lay dormant for decades. She says she did not begin writing “seriously” until her youngest daughter graduated from college in 1999.

In the years since, her essays have received many awards including the Emma Bell Miles Award for Essay from Lincoln Memorial University’s Mountain Heritage Literary Festival, the Carole Pettit Creative Writing Medallion and Legacies Award from the Carnegie Center, the Leadingham Prose Award from the Frankfort (KY) Arts Foundation, and from The Appalachian Writers Association and Green River Writers.

Her essays have been published in the NPR "This I Believe" series; _Kentucky Monthly_ magazine; _Kentucky Humanities_ magazine; and the literary anthologies Kentucky’s Twelve Days of Christmas (Kentucky Monthly Press); New Growth (Jesse Stuart Foundation); Tobacco (Wind Publications); Daughters of the Land (in press - Texas Tech U Press); “The Journal of Kentucky Studies” (Northern KY U); Motif I and  Motif II (Motes Books.)


Since 2004, she has written a bi-weekly column, “Georgia: On My Mind,” for The Owenton (KY) News-Herald. In early 2006, she became a regular commentator for NPR member station WUKY affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Nearly one hundred of her commentaries have aired in the WUKY listening market.

Georgia and her husband, Ernie, spent much of their adult working lives in Ashland, in far eastern Kentucky, where he was an executive with Ashland Inc. They now live in Lexington. They are the parents of three daughters and have six grandchildren.