Yates_Mill_at_Yates_Mill_Pond_Park_banner_sepia.jpegOnce upon a time a long, long while ago, a millpond stored a body of water that was used to turn the great stones in a grist mill to grind grains of corn, wheat, or barley into meal or flour that fed the community. Once upon a time a long while ago, David Marchuck Barbour, the founder, creative director and owner of Millpond Ink LLC, saw those ponds as he grew up in his boyhood home of Connecticut. It isn’t surprising then, that this very, very, very small, independent publishing company, with its strong sense of heritage and history, was named with a millpond theme: “Where the Millpond Ink flows — turning thought and ideas into fine print.”

The Gang of Twenty and Six – Third Edition released April, 2018 

David decided to print 100 copies of this Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) 2013 award winning ‘Read to Me’ Children’s Illustrated Book. This colorful work of art and word-enriched poetry for children to hear read to them, and to later read themselves, provides fun stories for young and old alike. The use of alliteration and sight-word identification is an effective tool for helping understand and to deepen a child’s appreciation for our gang of twenty and six, consonants and vowels.

Available now https://squareup.com/market/millpond-ink-llc $19.95 plus $6.70 priority shipping and applicable taxes (CO, CT)

Ambient – Published on July 26, 2013

Ambient is an anthology of short stories and poetry that explores the world around us that is quite often unseen as we find ourselves focused on the present and what is presently before us. It is life in the periphery – a butterfly lifted into a break of the Antarctic cloud.

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Cover artwork: Mr. Brian Lyle Bemisdarfer, Artist Extraordinaire, Des Moines, Iowa

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In 2013, “The Gang of Twenty and Six” by David Marchuck Barbour received 2nd place in the Children’s Picture Books category from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA)! This recognition is both well-deserved and a real honor for first-time author, David Barbour, as well as the illustrator, Brian Bemisdarfer, an award-winning artist in his own right.