love Eastern Kentucky. I have fond memories of playing
on the riverbank when I was younger."
novelist and professor of creative writing at UK
24, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
University of Kentucky professor and novelist Gurney
Norman will be presented with the 2002 Eastern Kentucky
Arts and Cultural Leadership Award at 6 p.m., April
26, at the Paramount Theatre in Ashland, Ky. Norman,
an English professor in the College of Arts and Sciences,
is one of seven recipients.
Va., native, who was raised near Hazard, has taught
creative writing at UK since 1979.
award committee member and station manager at WYMT-TV
in Hazard, said Norman was chosen because of his commitment
and support of arts and culture in Eastern Kentucky.
awards are given to help grow and recognize leaders
in the community," Turner said. "Gurney has never
forgotten the area where he grew up."
Eastern Kentucky," Norman said. "I have fond memories
of playing on the riverbank when I was younger." Norman
said he's been engrossed with the natural world all
of his life.
Appalachian and Kentucky literature and I always tell
people…in Kentucky, we are special…special because
we have a long memory," he said. "To cultivate this
memory is part of our cultural heritage. I am dedicated
to serving the state and trying to nourish societal