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About Mike Lunsford

Mike Lunsford is a writer and photographer from rural Parke County, Indiana.  A retired teacher of English, Humanities, and American History, he is the author of seven books—the latest being This Old World (2020)—and regularly contributes columns, features, and photographs to the Terre Haute Tribune-Star and Terre Haute Living magazine. 


Mike has been well rewarded for his life in teaching and writing.  The winner of three “Reader’s Choice Best Columnist Awards,” he has been honored by “Hoosier Outdoor Writers” for both his writing and photography, and was named a “Polaris Award” winner for a lifetime of achievement by his high school alma mater—Terre Haute North Vigo—in 2016.  Among his many teaching awards was his being named the Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year in 2009, a Golden Apple Award from WTHI-TV10, and an Eli Lilly Teacher Creativity Grant in 2010; the latter resulted in Mike building a small writing cabin in which he works daily.


Lunsford regularly teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Indiana State University, is active with the Parke County Community Foundation, the Parke-Vermillion Retired Teachers Association, and the Wabash Valley Audubon Society.  He has spoken or presented to over 200 community organizations over the past ten years.


Mike was raised near the small town of Rosedale on the Vigo County side of the County Line Road, and enjoyed a childhood of creeks and woods and animals.  He earned both his BS and MS degrees in English and American History from Indiana State University and taught in the Southwest Parke Community School Corporation for 39 years.  He lives on 15 acres of woods in southern Parke County with his wife of 41 years, Joanie, has two adult children, and two grandsons.


Prior to his newest book, Mike published Field Notes and Other Stories… in 2017, The Bridge That Carries You Over in 2015, A Windy Hill Almanac in 2013, A Place Near Home in 2011, Sidelines, The Basketball Stories of Mike Lunsford in 2009, and The Off Season in 2008.  He is currently planning an eighth book and working on his photography.


Photos Caption: All photos were taken within a few miles of Mike’s home in southern Parke County by Mike Lunsford.