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Miller, Jim Wayne

  • Name(s)
    • Jim Wayne Miller
    • Jim W. Miller
  • Date of Birth
    • October 21, 1936
    • Leicester, North Carolina
  • Date of Death
    • August 18, 1996
    • Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky
  • Residence(s)
    • Leicester, North Carolina
    • North Turkey Creek, Buncombe County, North Carolina
    • Berea, Madison County, Kentucky, 1954-1958
    • Westphalia, Germany
    • Fort Knox, Kentucky, 1958-1960
    • Nashville, Tennessee, 1960-
    • Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky
  • Education
    • Honorary Doctor of Literature, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky, 1981
    • Ph. D. in German Literature, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1965
    • B. A. in English, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky, 1958
  • Life Events
    • Elected chair of the Appalachian Studies Association, 1982
    • Fostered a long relationship with the Hindman Settlement School Appalachian Writers' Workshop
    • Studied abroad in Westphalia, Germany, during his bachelor's education
    • Married Mary Ellen Yates, c.1958; two sons, one daughter
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • Inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, 2015
    • Special Weatherford Award for Best Appalachian Books for Every Leaf a Mirror, 2015
    • Mary Ellen and Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing Contest at Western Kentucky University, named in their honor
    • Appalachian Consortium Laurel Leaves Award, 1991
    • Zoe Kincaid Brockman Memorial Award, 1989
    • Best Book of the Year citation from Learning Magazine for Newfound, 1989
    • Best Book of the Year award from Booklist for Newfound, 1989
    • Named Kentucky Poet Laureate, 1986
    • Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award, 1985
    • Yaddo Fellowship, 1983-1984
    • Western Kentucky University Award for Public Service, 1982
    • Thomas Wolfe Literary Award, 1980
    • University Faculty Award for Scholarship and Creativity, Western Kentucky University, 1976
    • Honored for Excellence in Teaching by Sigma Tau Delta, 1969
    • Alice Lloyd Memorial Prize for Appalachian Poetry, 1967
    • NDEA (National Defense Education Act) Fellowship, 1960
  • Employment
    • Visiting Professor, James R. Stokely Institute for Liberal Arts Education, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1984-1986
    • Poet-in-residence at Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
    • Visiting Professor in Appalachian Studies, Berea College Appalachian Center
    • Professor of German Language and Literature, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 33+ years
    • Regular contributor to Vagabond, Vanderbilt University's literary magazine, 1960-1963
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Professor
    • Teacher
    • Writer
    • Poet

Miranda-Straub Marta

  • Name(s)
    • Marta Miranda-Straub
    • Marta M. Miranda-Straub
    • Marta Maria Miranda-Straub
  • Date of Birth
    • c.1954
    • Pinar del Rio, Cuba
  • Residence(s)
    • Pinar del Rio, Cuba -1966
    • West New York, New Jersey, 1966-
    • Miami area, Florida
    • Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Education
    • Ph.D. in Honorary-Public Service, Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky
    • Masters of Social Work, Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida, 1985
    • Bachelors in Anthropology and Sociology, Florida Internal University, Miami, Florida
  • Life Events
    • Married to Cary Jude Straub
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • Named a "Woman of Distinction" by the Center of Women and Families, 2020
    • Named a Compassionate Laureate by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
    • "Marta Miranda Day" named in her honor by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
    • Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award, 2016
    • Pioneer Award for 40 Years of Advocacy and Service from the Ampers and Sexual Violence Resource Center of the Bluegrass (formerly the Bluegrass Rape Center)
    • Awarded a SAMMy Award from The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs
    • Named a Daughter of Greatness, Ali Center
    • Honored by the Alliance Against Racist and Political Oppression and Jewish Family and Career Center
    • Inducted into the Affrilachian Poets by Frank X. Walker, 2009
  • Employment
    • Commissioner of the Kentucky Cabinet's Department Department for Community Based Services, 2020-present
    • Founder and Owner of Catapult Now LLC: Organizational and Leadership Development, Louisville, Kentucky
    • President/CEO of The Center for Women and Families, 2011-2018
    • Faculty at Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky
    • Associate Professor of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, 17 years
      • Chair of Women and Gender Studies and of Multicultural Student Affairs
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Social worker
    • Professor
    • Writer
    • Psychotherapist
    • Fundraising professional
    • Advocate/activist
    • Poet

Mitchell, Marie

  • Name(s)
    • Marie Mitchell
    • Marie J. Mitchell
  • Date of Birth
    • June 10, 1954
    • Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
  • Residence(s)
    • Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
    • Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky
  • Education
    • M.A. in Communication, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1991
    • B.A. in General Studies, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1977
    • Mt. Pleasant High School, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
  • Life Events
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • Grants (3), Kentucky Foundation for Women
    • Road to Pleasant Hill placed on the Bluegrass State Awards list for grades 3-5, 2010-2011
    • Named a Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year, Eastern Kentucky University, 2012
    • Finalist, Lexington Carnegie Center's Harriett A. Rose Legacies Contest, 2011
    • Named to the Kentucky Arts Council's Artist Education Roster in the Literary Arts, 2009
    • Honorable Mention for short story, "A Queen With Heart," Writer's Digest, 2007
    • Finalist, Flash Fiction writing competition, The Carnegie Center for Learning and Literacy, for "Slipping Away," 2007
    • Honorable Mention for short story, "An Uncommon Crane," Writer's Digest
  • Employment
    • Teacher, public speaking, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, 2005-present
    • Columnist, The Richmond Register, Richmond, Kentucky
    • Co-facilitator, two after-school programs for girls, Richmond, Kentucky
    • News Director, WEKU, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, 1981-2005
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Teacher
    • Writer