Location: Winter Haven, Florida, United States
Joan Noëldechen, poet and writer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in poetry.
Ms. Noëldechen is a poet, performer, and literary artist celebrating dozens of published poetry anthologies, screenplays, and narrative works over a decades-long career. Born in upstate New York to a family of creative luminaries including musician Ann Percival, graphic artist H.C. Noel, and producer Dick Noel, she loved reading and visiting the library as a child and knew that she wanted to write books by the time she was seven years old.
Inspired by Anne Frank’s diary and the poetry of Carl Sandburg, Ms. Noëldechen began writing prolifically and had been featured in anthologies and magazines by her teenage years. In addition to writing, she is a natural actor, and was cast in more than 25 productions in the early 1980s, winning awards for her performances from the International Thespian Society in 1980 and 1981. Ms. Noëldechen graduated from Flagler College in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in drama and English, and pursued an apprenticeship at the Flat Rock Playhouse the same year.
Since the 1990s, Ms. Noëldechen has published or contributed to more than 30 collections and anthologies, including collaborative works with Silvi M. Richardson and Pamela Constance. She considers having had the chance to be edited by June Cotner, Aldo Magi and Nancy Tupper Ling to be a career highlight, and her writing continues to appear in journals, magazines and newspapers in addition to independently-published volumes. Recent works to her credit include “Drifting Off Haywood,” “Alpine Poems” and “Betrayal in Your Beekman Arms,” and her early poetry was notably collected in “Ashes & Embers: Complete Poems 1979-1999.” She is a member of the Academy of American Poets, a patron of Flagler College and enjoys leisure time spent outdoors and reading the work of other poets. In recognition of her accomplishments as an independent writer and creator, Ms. Noëldechen was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
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