NANCY PENNINGTON MARKEY
Nancy was raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas and is a graduate of Fayetteville High School. She went on to study at the University of Arkansas and the University of Mississippi, graduating from Ole Miss with a degree in History.
Nancy spent the next few years as a flight attendant before obtaining her law degree in Massachusetts. She is a labor attorney and historian who enjoys researching and sharing fascinating stories of the lesser-known residents of Gilded Age Newport. Her essays, “Abney vs. Twombly, A Gilded Age Tale of David vs. Goliath,” and “Redemption Among Rubble” were winning entries in local writing contests and published in the Newport Life magazine.
Nancy is married to Connecticut native Joseph Markey and is the mother to two sons, Jackson and Jonnie. She currently resides in Newport, Rhode Island.
Kay was born and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas and is a graduate of Fayetteville High School. She attended the University of Mississippi and the University of Arkansas before relocating to Connecticut where she studied creative writing under author and essayist Scott Bradfield at the University of Connecticut.
Kay spent 34 years working as an executive in the banking industry, retiring from her role as a Senior Vice President at the Bank of Arkansas in 2016. A lifelong voracious reader and creative writer, she is also a certified pastry chef, community volunteer, and continues to actively mentor her former associates.
Kay is the mother to two daughters, Laura and Gracie, and makes her home in Rogers, Arkansas.