Lucille Clifton

2000

Lucille Clifton--American poet, autobiographer, and author of children's books 

Lucille Clifton visited Marygrove College for a public reading at 8 p.m. on April 14, 2000.  

Born in Depew, New York, Clifton attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Fredonia State Teachers College.  At Howard, she associated with such notable writers as Amiri Baraka, A. B. Spellman, Owen Dodson, and Sterling Brown.  

Currently Clifton is Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Mary's College of Maryland.  She has published ten collections of her poetry, one autobiographical prose work, and nineteen children's books.  Her work has appeared in well over one hundred anthologies of poetry.

Clifton served as Poet Laureate of the State of Maryland from 1975 to 1985, and has received creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the American Academy of Poets.  She has received the Shelley Memorial Prize, the Charity Randall Prize, the Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review, and an Emmy Award.  Two of her books of poetry were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.

Her most recent book of poems, The Terrible Stories, was a finalist for the National Book Award.  In December 1998, the Lila Wallace Foundation announced its recognition of Clifton's work by granting her a 1999 Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award. 

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