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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Randall Norris  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1949

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Illinois Connection

Professor Norris started teaching at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois, in 2000. He currently lives in Rock Falls Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Professor Norris is the former Development Director Haley Heritage Square, a cultural complex in Knoxville, Tennessee designed to honor Alex Haley, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Roots. He is also the founder of the Appalachian Writers Center, whose Executive Board of Directors includes Alex Haley, Yevgeny Yevteshenko, Isaac Bethshevis Singer, Jim Wayne Miller and Phillip O'Connor, Chair, Pulitzer Prize Nominating Committee. In addition to his award winning fiction writing, he is a humanities presenter and author. In August, 2000, he began his work at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois, where he was a Professor of English and American Culture Studies. Professor Norris retired in 2009.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Women Of Coal
ISBN: 0813119936

University Press of Kentucky. 1996

Captures the lives of three generations of women in the coalfields of central Appalachia, challenging the stereotypes of Appalachian women in fifty-five stories and accompanying photographs that celebrate the women's capacity for perseverance and protest. UP.


  • 2003-2004 Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar

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