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Bradby, Marie

Marie Bradby

  • Name(s)
    • Marie Bradby
  • Date of Birth
    • Birthplace: Virginia
  • Residence(s)
    • Louisville, KY
  • Education
    • Hampton University
  • Awards
    • American Library Association notable book citation for More than Anything Else (1996)
    • International Reading Association Book Award More than Anything Else (1996)
    • Best Book of 1995 by Book Links, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times for More than Anything Else (1996)
    • Golden Kite Award for Momma, Where Are You From? (2000?)
    • Los Angeles Times Best Book citation for Once upon a Farm (2002)
    • Kentucky Public Libraries "Choice Award" nominee for Once upon a Farm (2003)
  • Employment
    • Staff writer for National Geographic Magazine, Washington, D. C.
    • Reporter for Providence Journal, Providence, RI; Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY, and Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY
  • Occupation(s)
    • Writer
    • Reporter

Bradford, John

John Bradford

Photo: University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center

  • Name(s)
    • John Bradford
    • John Bradford, Esq.
  • Date of Birth
    • June 6, 1749
    • near Warrenton, Virginia
  • Date of Death
    • 1830
  • Residence(s)
    • Warrenton, Virginia
    • Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky
    • Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky
  • Education
  • Life Events,
    • Founded the Kentucky Gazette in 1787, the first newspaper in Kentucky
    • Founding member of Transylvania University
    • Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Transylvania University, 1793-1830
    • Influential in founding the Lexington library
    • Served as Fayette County Representative in the Kentucky House of Representatives
    • Served as high sheriff of Fayette County
    • Married Eliza James, 1771
  • Employment
    • Deputy surveyor under Colonel Thomas Marshall, Fayette County, Kentucky, 1782
    • Deputy surveyor under George May, Kentucky, 1780
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Printer
    • Historian
    • Surveyor

Bridgeman, Hallee

Hallee Bridgeman

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  • Name(s)
    • Hallee Bridgeman
  • Date of Birth
    • 1962
  • Residence(s)
    • Florida
    • Fort Knox, Hardin, Meade, and Bullitt Counties, Kentucky
  • Education
  • Life events
    • Director of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference
    • President, Faith-Hope-Love chapter of the Romance Writers of America
    • Member, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)
    • Member, American Christian Writers (ACW)
    • Members, Novelists, Inc. (NINC)
  • Employment
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity

Brooks, Cleanth

  • Name(s)
    • Cleanth Brooks
  • Date of Birth
    • October 16, 1906
    • Murray, Calloway County, Kentucky
  • Date of Death
    • May 10, 1994
    • New Haven, Connecticut
  • Residence(s)
    • Murray, Calloway County, Kentucky
    • McKenzie, Tennessee
    • Nashville, Tennessee
    • Oxford, England
    • New Haven, Connecticut
  • Education
    • Honorary Doctorates, received 1963-1972
      • Upsala College
      • The University of Kentucky
      • The University of Exeter
      • Washington and Lee University
      • Saint Louis University
      • Tulane University
      • Centenary College, New Jersey
      • Oglethorpe University
    • B. Litt., Rhodes Scholar, Exeter College, Oxford University, 1932
    • B. A., first class, Rhodes Scholar, Exeter College, Oxford University, 1931
    • M. A. Tulane University, New Orleans
    • B. A., summa cum laude, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1928
    • McTyeire Institute, McKenzie, Tennessee
  • Life Events
    • Co-founder and co-editor of The Southern Review with Robert Penn Warren, 1935
    • Married Edith Amy Blanchard, 1934; she died in 1986
    • Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science
    • Member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters
    • Member of the American Philosophical Society
  • Awards and Recognitions
  • Employment
    • Professor of English, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1947-1975
      • Gray Professor of Rhetoric and Gray Professor of Rhetoric Emeritus, 1960-1964, 1966-1975
    • Visiting professor
      • University of Texas, Austin, 1941
      • University of California Los Angeles, c.1951-1953
    • Cultural Attaché at the United States Embassy, London, 1964-1966
    • Co-founder and co-editor of The Southern Review with Robert Penn Warren, 1935-1942
    • Professor, English Department, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1932-1947
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Professor
    • Teacher
    • Writer
    • Literary Critic

Brooks, Farleigh

Farleigh Brooks

  • Name(s)
    • Farleigh Brooks
  • Date of Birth
    • November 20, 1953
    • Louisville, KY
  • Residence(s)
    • Hometown: Louisville, KY
    • Residence: Louisville, KY
  • Education
    • Ballard High School, Jefferson County, KY
    • Spalding University, B. S., 1985
  • Awards
    • Winner of the 2003 Leon V. Driskell Short Story Contest
  • Employment
  • Occupation(s)
    • Writer

Brooks, F. Erik

F. Erik Brooks

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  • Name(s)
    • F. Erik Brooks
  • Date of Birth
    • January 7, 1967
  • Residence(s)
    • Hometown: Montgomery, Alabama 
    • Statesboro, Georgia area, c.2002-2012
    • Macomb, Illinois area, c.2012-2018
    • Lexington, Fayette County area, c.2018-present
  • Education
    • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Richmond, Virginia, 2002
    • M.Ed. in Secondary Education, Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama, 1999
    • M.P.A. in Public Administration, Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, 1998
    • M.S. in Agency Counseling and Human Development, Troy University, Troy, Alabama, 1992
    • B.S. in Journalism and Art, Kappa Alpha Psi, Troy University, Troy Alabama, 1989
  • Life Events
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • L.J. Best Reference Winner for African Americans and the Presidents: Politics and Policies from Washington to Trump, 2019, 2020
  • Employment
    • Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the Whitney Young Honors Collegium, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky, 2018-present
    • Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, 2012-2018
      • Associate Director of the Centennial Honors College, 2017-2018
      • Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies, 2012-2017
    • Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia, 2002-2012
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Professor
    • Educator
    • Writer
    • Speaker

Brown, Skila

Skila Brown

  • Name(s)
    • Skila Brown
  • Date of Birth
    • Stearns, McCreary County, Kentucky
  • Residence(s)
    • Stearns, McCreary County, Kentucky
    • Tennessee
    • Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky
    • Guatemala
    • Indiana
  • Education
    • M.F.A., Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont
    • B.A., Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
  • Life Events
    • Married, three sons
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • Notable Children's Book: Older Readers Award from the American Library Association for To Stay Alive, 2017
    • Caminar Commended for Americas Award for Children & Young Adult Literature, 2015
    • Caminar Commended for Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2015
  • Employment
    • Freelance writer
    • Teacher, pre-school, Kindergarten, grade school
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Teacher
    • Writer

Brown, William Wells

William Wells Brown

  • Name(s)
    • William Wells Brown
  • Date of Birth
    • 1814
    • Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky
  • Date of Death
    • November 6, 1884
    • Chelsea, Massachusetts 
  • Residences
    • Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, born
    • St. Louis, Missouri, youth and young adulthood in slavery
    • Buffalo, New York, about 1836-1845, ferried fugitive slaves to freedom
    • Europe, about 1849-1854 lecturer, writer
    • Boston, Massachusetts, 1854-
  • Education
    • Self-educated
  • Life Events
    • Born a slave, escaped to freedom after about 20 years in January, 1834
    • Adopted the name of Wells Brown, a Quaker who aided in his escape
    • Married Elizabeth Spooner, a free black woman, and had 3 daughters (one died in infancy)
      • Brown and Elizabeth later became estranged
      • Elizabeth died in 1851
    • Began a lecture tour in Britain in 1849, and remained in Europe until 1854
  • Legacy
    • First African-American to publish a novel, Clotel, or The President's Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States. Published in 1853 in London
    • Elementary school in Lexington, Kentucky is named after him
    • Among the first writers inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, 2013
    • Historic marker in Buffalo near the approximate location of his home
  • Employment
    • Abolitionist, worked on Lake Erie 
    • Writer
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Author
    • Novelist
    • Orator
    • Homeopathic physician
    • Abolitionist
    • Dramatist
    • Historian

Bruckheimer, Linda

Linda Bruckheimer

  • Name(s)
    • Linda Bruckheimer
    • Linda Sue Bruckheimer
    • Linda Sue Cobb
  • Date of Birth
    • July 9, 1945
    • Victoria County, Texas
  • Residence(s)
    • Victoria County, Texas
    • Hometown: Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
    • Los Angeles, California
  • Education
  • Life Events
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • Received the Unbridled Charitable Foundation Inc. National Advocacy Award
    • Named a Grand Marshal (with her husband, Jerry) of the Bloomfield Tobacco Festival Parade, 1998
  • Employment
    • Writer and producer for animations, PBS
    • West Coast Editor of Mirabella, 1989-1995
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Editor
    • Writer
    • Philanthropist
    • Collector