Thursday, August 27, 2015
POETIC BIRTHDAYS IN AUGUST
8/28/1952 - RITA DOVE - was born in Akron, Ohio.
She is a highly acclaimed poet, author and college professor, who served as the Poet Laureate of the U.S. from 1993-95.
She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1987 for her collection "Thomas and Beulah." She also served as the Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2004-06.
8/30/1852 - Henrietta Cordelia Ray was born in New York City.
She was a poet, writer, teacher, and activist.
She received national acclaim when her poem "Lincoln" was read at a dedication ceremony in Washington, D.C. in 1876. The event was attended by Frederick Douglas.
See "POET PROFILE" this blog dated 1/3/15 for further biographical info on Henietta Cordelia Ray.
*** SPECIAL NOTE: These two poets were born almost exactly 100 years apart.
To read their bios and sample their poetry GOOGLE their names