Michael Crisp

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As a bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, and professional musician, Michael Crisp is a true, modern-day renaissance man.

Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Michael moved to Kentucky at the age of 4 and has become one of the state’s most creative and versatile people.

As an author, Michael’s books include Murder in the Mountains: The Muriel Baldridge Story, which revisits one of the nation’s most notorious cold case investigations. He also has written a series of travel books including The Tennessee Bucket List, The Ohio Bucket List, The Best Kentucky Trivia Book Ever and The Kentucky Bucket List, which became Kentucky’s top selling book upon its release in 2013. Michael’s newest books include It’s a Kentucky Thing: Y’all Wouldn’t Understand, and its sequel, It’s a Kentucky Thing 2: Y’all Still Wouldn’t Understand.

As a filmmaker, Michael has directed and produced a string of successful documentaries. These films include Legendary: When Baseball Came to the Bluegrass, which was screened at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and When Happy Met Froggie, which featured interviews with celebrity actresses Morgan Brittany (of TV’s “Dallas”) and Lana Wood (lead actress in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever). The film also aired on ABC television in 2011. Michael’s documentary The Very Worst Thing, which revisits one of the most tragic school bus crashes in our country’s history, won the prestigious Storyteller Award at the Redemptive Film Festival in 2010.

Michael is also a professional musician who has performed as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist over the last 25 years. He continues to perform at festivals, night clubs, concerts, and various events throughout the region.

Michael resides in Kentucky with his son Conner and wife Anne.

Michael can be reached at or at (859) 509-0494 if you are interested in booking him for a speaking engagement, book signing or any other type of event.