About Us

The Louisville Story Program strengthens community by amplifying unheard voices and untold stories. We partner closely with overlooked Louisville residents by providing extensive writing and oral history workshops and intensive editorial support, culminating in professionally-designed documentary books, exhibits, and radio programs in which our authors tell the stories of their lives and communities in their own words. We then work to ensure the broadest possible audience for their work, and to leverage their achievements into additional opportunities for them.


  • Darcy Thompson

    Darcy Thompson


    Darcy has been at the helm of LSP since its inception in 2013, and has been devoting his energies to the organization full-time since October 2015. Prior to his work with LSP, Darcy worked on the national staff of Teach For America for over eleven years, during which time he conducted research on teacher effectiveness in urban and rural schools, helped refine the organization’s framework for effective teaching, led their national STEM recruitment efforts, helped found Teach For America – Appalachia, and managed and secured large federal grants.

    Darcy has been a high school teacher in Helena-West Helena, AR and Chicago, IL, and has designed and taught writing courses at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He gained his first experience working on a book project as a graduate research assistant, when he helped develop the award-winning anthology Black Like Us: A Century of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual African American Fiction. Darcy has lived in Louisville since 2003, and has enthusiastically adopted the city as his home. He is thrilled to combine his enthusiasm for stories and books with his lifelong commitment to education as an engine for social justice.

    Contact: darcy@louisvillestoryprogram.org

  • Joe Manning

    Joe Manning

    Deputy Director

    Joe is the project lead for the book project with authors at the Kentucky School for the Blind. Joe worked closely with the authors of Our Shawnee in the early stages of LSP’s pilot project. In 2013, Joe was offered a Jackson Fellowship in the prestigious creative writing program at Hollins University where he studied and wrote toward a Master of Fine Arts degree and where, as a Teaching Fellow, he developed the curriculum for and instructed two semesters of the undergraduate writing workshop, “The Fundamentals of Writing Poetry and Fiction.” After completing his graduate work in the spring of 2015, Joe returned to Louisville, the hometown of his heart, where he previously wrote award-winning essays, columns and features for the Louisville Eccentric Observer and the Louisville Paper. He is continuously writing narrative non-fiction, recently completed a draft of his first book of essays entitled Certain Relevant Passages. In addition to his current work with LSP, Joe works with the Backside Learning Center teaching English as a second language to workers at Churchill Downs.

    Contact: joe@louisvillestoryprogram.org

Board Members

  • Cassiopia Blausey

    Cassiopia Blausey

    Policy Advisor

    Kentucky Department of Education

  • Quaniqua Carthan

    Quaniqua Carthan

    Director of Planning and Data Management

    Cities United

  • Jennie Jean Davidson

    Jennie Jean Davidson


    Better Together Strategies, LLC

  • LaTanya Henry

    LaTanya Henry


    LMH Accounting & Consulting

  • Stephen Kertis

    Stephen Kertis

    Founder and President

    Kertis Creative

  • Anne McKune

    Anne McKune

    Program Officer

    Community Foundation of Louisville


  • American Printing House for the Blind
  • Backside Learning Center
  • Center for Neighborhoods
  • Kentucky School for the Blind
  • Kentucky Youth Advocates
  • Kertis Creative
  • Louisville Free Public Library
  • Louisville Writing Project
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • Publishers Printing Company
  • Shellee Marie Jones
  • Spalding University
  • The Academy @ Shawnee
  • University of Louisville Oral History Center and Archives

Financial Supporters

  • Anonymous
  • Arthur K. Smith Family Foundation
  • Augusta Brown Holland and Gill Holland
  • Brown Forman
  • C. E. and S. Foundation
  • Carol and Duncan Taylor
  • CHAMP Foundation
  • David A. Jones, Jr. and Mary Gwen Wheeler
  • Emily Bingham and Stephen Reily
  • Gheens Foundation
  • Gilbert Foundation
  • Hilliard Lyons
  • Kentucky Arts Council
  • Louisville Metro Art Fund
  • Norton Foundation
  • Phil and Landis Thompson
  • posSOUPbility
  • Roy and Julie Elis
  • Sam Swope Family Foundation
  • Snowy Owl Foundation
  • Stegner Fund
  • Vernon Robertson Urban Charities