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Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr. (September 2, 1895 - February 3, 1919) was an American playwright, author and poet from Louisville, Kentucky most remembered for his posthumously published one-act play On The Fields of France in addition to numerous volumes of poetry.

Cotter Jr. was born and lived the formative years of his life in Louisville, Kentucky, where he attended Central High School until his graduation in 1911. His father, Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr. a noted African-American playwright in his own regard, was the principal when Cotter Jr. graduated. Cotter subsequently attended Fisk University in Nashville, TN before contracting tuberculosis, a disease that would claim the life of his sister, Florence Olivia, in 1914. After falling ill, Cotter Jr. returned to Louisville and began work as a journalist for the Leader. Cotter Jr. avoided mimicking the style of his father and instead "experimented with free and, in Rain Music, rhythmic styles.

His father was instrumental in promoting his son's work after his death on February 3, 1919 from tuberculosis. He was said by many to have had the potential to be the greatest poet of his generation.