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Louise McNeill (1911-1993)

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Louise McNeill (1911-1993), West Virginia's poet laureate from 1979 until her death, wrote beautifully about West Virginia in such volumes of verse as "Elderberry Flood" and "Gauley Mountain." She grew up on a 200-acre farm in Buckeye in Pocahontas County, and began writing poetry at 16. She graduated from Concord College and did post-graduate work at Miami University of Ohio and WVU. Her first collection was published in 1931, and Archibald MacLeish introduced her writings to the world to great critical acclaim. She won the Atlantic Monthly poetry prize and was awarded a scholarship to the Breadloaf Writers' Workshop in Vermont. Her marriage to Roger Pease lasted 50 years.

Louise McNeill (1911-1993)


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