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Noe, J. T. Cotton

J. T. Cotton Noe

  • Name(s)
    • Cotton Noe
    • J. T. Cotton Noe
    • James Thomas Cotton Noe
  • Date of Birth
    • May 2, 1864
    • Thompsonville (later renamed Fenwick), Washington County, Kentucky
  • Date of Death
    • November 9, 1953
    • Beverly Hills, California
    • Buried at the Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky
  • Residence(s)
    • Thompsonville (later renamed Fenwick), Washington County, Kentucky
  • Education
    • A.M., 1890
    • A.B., Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana, 1887
  • Life Events
    • Married Sidney Stanfill, May 2, 1894; two sons, one daughter
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • Named Kentucky's first Poet Laureate, 1926-1953
  • Employment
    • Department Head of Education, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1912-1934
    • Instructor of English, Agricultural and Mechanical College (later University of Kentucky), Lexington, Kentucky, 1908
    • Instructor, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee, 1904-1906
    • Principle, Theodore Harris Institute, 1901-1904
    • Principle, Masonic Institute, 1898-1901
    • Lawyer, Springfield, Kentucky, 1894-1898
    • Principle, high schools in Kentucky and Indiana, 1887-1889
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Educator
    • Teacher
    • Poet
    • Lawyer

Noel, Bill

  • Name(s)
    • Bill Noel
  • Date of Birth
  • Residence(s)
    • Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Education
  • Life Events
    • Married,
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • Best Mystery Novel Award at Imaginarium for Dark Horse, 2019
    • Best Mystery Novel Award at Imaginarium for Discord, 2018
    • Best Mystery Novel Award at Imaginarium for Dead Center, 2017
    • Best Mystery Novel Award at Imaginarium for Boneyard Beach, 2016
  • Employment
    • Retired college administrator
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Writer
    • Photographer
    • College Administrator

Noffsinger, James Philip

James Philip Noffsinger

  • Name(s)
    • James Philip Noffsinger
  • Date of Birth
    • May 30, 1925
    • Union City, Indiana
  • Date of Death
    • October 31, 2000
    • Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky
  • Residence(s)
    • Union City, Indiana
    • Bloomington, Indiana
    • Washington, D.C.
    • Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky
  • Education
    • Graduate work, University of Illinois
    • M.A., architectural history, Catholic University of America, 1955
    • B.A., architecture, Catholic University of America
  • Life Events
    • Group leader, Experiment in International Living, Japan, 1962
    • Served in the United States Army during World War II
    • Married Anne-Russell Lillis Noffsinger
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • King Olav V. Award, Am-Scandinavian Foundation, 1983
    • Fulbright Lecturer Award, England, 1976
    • Fulbright Lecturer Award, Japan, 1968
    • Great Teacher Award, University of Kentucky, 1967
    • Fulbright Award, Norway
  • Employment
    • Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky College of Architecture, Lexington, Kentucky
    • Professor, University of Minnesota
    • Professor, Kansas University
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Professor
    • Architect
    • Historian
    • Writer

Nold, James

James Nold

  • Name(s)
    • James Nold
    • James Nold, Jr.
    • "Chip" Nold
  • Date of Birth
    • Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Residence(s)
    • Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Education
    • B.A., History, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1978
  • Life Events
    • Married Cindy Read
  • Employment
    • Freelance writer and editor, 1984-present
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Writer
    • Editor

Norman, Gurney

  • Name(s)
    • Gurney Norman
  • Date of Birth
    • 1937
    • Grundy, Virginia
  • Residence(s)
    • Grundy, Virginia
    • Hometown: Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky
    • Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, 1979-present
  • Education
    • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky, 2011
    • Stanford University, Stanford, California, c.1961
    • B.A. in Journalism and English, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky,1959
    • Stuart Robinson School, Letcher County, Kentucky, 1955
  • Life Events
    • Founded the Briarpatch Network with Richard Raymond and Michael Phillips, 1974
    • Served in the United States Army, c.1961-1963
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • Inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, 2019
    • Poet Laureate of Kentucky, 2009-2010 
    • Helen M. Lewis Community Service Award from the Appalachian Studies Associations, 2007
    • Recognized for outstanding contributions toward the advancement of regional arts and culture by the Eastern Kentucky Leadership Conference, 2002
    • Honored at the Fifteenth Annual Emory and Henry College Literary Festival, 1996
    • Weatherford Award from Berea College for Kinfolks, 1977
    • Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing from Stanford University, 1960
  • Employment
    • Associate Professor of English, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1979
      • Director of the English Department's Creative Writing Program, 2000-2014
    • Editor and Writer for The Whole Earth Catalog, San Francisco, California, 1967-c.[1971?]
    • Fire look-out for the United States Forest Service, Cascade Mountains, Oregon, summers of 1966-1967
    • Reporter for The Hazard Herald, Hazard, Kentucky, c.1964-c.1966
    • Served in the United States Army, c.1961-1963
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Professor
    • Writer
    • Teacher

Norman, Marsha

Marsha Norman

  • Name(s)
    • Marsha Norman
  • Date of Birth
    • September 21, 1947
    • Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Residence(s)
    • Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
    • New York City, New York
  • Education
    • Holds 18 honorary degrees
    • M. A. T., University of Louisville, 1971
    • B. A. in Humanities, University of Louisville, 1969
  • Life Events
    • Founder and President of the Lilly Awards Foundation
    • Vice-President of the Dramatists Guild of America, 10 years
    • Elected to membership in the Fellowship of Southern Writers
    • Elected to the Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees, 2003
    • Served on the Governing Board of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2001-2011
    • Married Michael Norman, 1969; divorced, 1974
    • Married Dann C. Byck, Jr., 1978; divorced, 1986
    • Married Tim Dykman, 1987; divorced, 1996
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame, 2016
    • Tony Award for revival of The Color Purple, 2016
    • Career Achievement Award from the Dramatists Guild of America
    • William Inge Lifetime Achievement Award in Playwriting, 2011
    • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guild Hall Academy of Arts and Letters
    • Drama Desk nomination for The Bridges of Madison County
    • Tony Award nomination for Best Book for The Color Purple, 2005
    • Tony Award for Best Book for The Secret Garden, 1991
    • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical for The Secret Garden
    • Pulitzer Prize for Drama for 'night, Mother, 1983
    • Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for 'night, Mother
    • Hull-Warriner Award for 'night, Mother
    • Drama Desk Award for 'night, Mother
    • Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
    • Grant from the Rockefeller Foundation
    • Grant from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
    • Margo Jones Award
    • Sidney Kingsley Award
    • John Gassner Playwriting Medallion for Getting Out
    • Newsday Oppenheimer Award for Getting Out
  • Employment
    • Co-chair of the Playwriting Department, The Juilliard School
    • Taught English at the J. Graham Brown School, Louisville, Kentucky
    • Taught English at the Prestonia Elementary School, Louisville, Kentucky
    • Taught young children and troubled adolescents in hospitals and other institutions
    • Wrote for Kentucky Educational Television (KET)
    • Journalist for The Louisville Times
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Playwright
    • Screenwriter
    • Librettist
    • Writer
    • Teacher

Norris, Mike

Mike Norris

  • Name(s)
    • Mike Norris
  • Date of Birth
  • Residence(s)
    • Jackson County, Kentucky
    • Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky
  • Education
    • M.A. in English, Eastern Kentucky University, 1972
    • B.A. in English, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Life Events
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • Awards to the Communications Office at Centre College during Norris's tenure:
      • National Council for Advancement and Support of Education Awards for Student Recruitment Publications and Annual Reports
      • C.A.S.E. District III Grand Award for Best Viewbook
      • C.A.S.E. District III Grand Award for Best Admission Series
      • Admission Marketing Report Gold Awards for Publications and Print Ads
      • C.A.S.E. Kentucky Best of Category Awards for Publications
  • Employment
    • Director of Communications, Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, 1980-2011
    • Manager of the Design and Publications Department of Policy Management, Inc., Columbia, South Carolina
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Writer
    • Musician 

Northington, Nathaniel

Nathaniel Northington

  • Name(s)
    • Nathaniel Northington
    • Nate Northington
  • Date of Birth
    • October 1947
    • Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Residence(s)
    • Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
    • Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky
    • Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky
  • Education
    • Western Kentucky University, Lexington, Kentucky
    • Attended the University of Kentucky, transferred to Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
    • Thomas Jefferson High School, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Life Events
    • Was the first African-American allowed to play college football in the SEC (Southeastern Conference), 1967
    • Statue commemorating Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett, and Houston Hogg erected at the University of Kentucky, 2016
  • Employment
    • Regional Director of Property Management, Louisville Metro Housing Authority
  • Occupation(s) / Field(s) of Activity
    • Athlete
    • Writer
    • Minister

Nutt, Grady

  • Name(s)
    • Grady Nutt
    • Grady Lee Nutt
  • Date of Birth
    • September 2, 1934
    • Amarillo, Texas
  • Date of Death
    • November 23, 1982
    • Killed in a plane crash in Vinemont, Alabama
  • Residence(s)
    • Amarillo, Texas
    • Jacksonville, Texas
    • Waco, Texas
    • Dallas, Texas
    • Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, 1960-1982
  • Education
    • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky,, 1964
    • Baylor University, Waco Texas, 1957
    • Attended Wayland Baptist College, Plainview Texas, transferred to Baylor University
  • Life Events
    • Married Eleanor Wilson, c.1957, two sons
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • Grady Nutt Humor Award established in his honor by the Gospel Music Association
    • Grady Nutt Endowment Fund at the University of Louisville established in his honor by his widow
    • Grady Nutt Memorial Collection established at the Student Center, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
    • Grady Nutt Athletic Center at Alice Lloyd College, Pippa Passes, Kentucky, named in his honor
  • Employment
    • Cast as Rev. Grady Williams, pilot for NBC sitcom The Grady Nutt Show, 1981
    • Improvisationist, Hee Haw, 1979-1982
    • Speaker and humorist, The Mike Douglas Show
    • Pastor, Baptist congregation, Graefenburg, Kentucky
    • Minister of Music, Southside Baptist Church
    • Director of Alumni Affairs and Assistant to the Southern Seminary President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, 1964-
  • Occupation(s) /Field(s) of Activity
    • Minister
    • Humorist
    • Comedian
    • Writer
    • Speaker
    • Musician