Wendell Berry is a native of Henry County, Kentucky, of the Port Royal community, where he still lives. In characteristic humility, he describes himself as a "marginal farmer" and a "marginal writer."
"This is a weekend that nobody involved with will finish thinking about soon. I think we were all delighted when we got the Governor's invitation to spend the time in his reception room--partly because we thought he'd put it over on us. The more I've thought about it the less sure I am that we haven't finally won the day. Because by being here as long as we're going to be and free to speak to anybody who wants to speak to us, we will make this conversation probably more public than we would have been able to do by going to jail. I think that we have won friends to our cause, we have been able to inform a lot of people who were not informed before, about the real gravity of the issues and the dilemmas that have brought us here."