Poets

Poets
Abernethy, Arthur Talmage
by Anonymous. ARTHUR TALMAGE ABERNETHY See also: Abernethy, Arthur Talmage 1872 - 1956 Arthur Abernethy was appointed Poet Laureate in November of 1948, just before the end of [...] (from NCpedia.)
Angelou, Maya
by Horton, Emily S. Maya Angelou was best known as a poet and the best-selling author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970). Angelou was also a singer, dancer, Grammy-winning composer, director, and actress. She was [...] (from NCpedia.)
Applewhite, James: The Essences Of Things
by Cecelski, David S. Born in Stantonsburg, in Wilson County, in 1935, James Applewhite is one of our nation's most acclaimed poets and an English professor at Duke University. At his home by the Eno River, he told me [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Barnwell, Lila Ripley
by Brown, Arika. Barnwell, Lila Ripley By Arika Brown, North Carolina State University, 2013 18 Apr. 1863–6 Mar. 1961 Lila Ripley Barnwell, [...] (from NCpedia.)
Bathanti, Joseph
by Childs, T. Mike. Joseph Bathanti is an award-winning poet, author, and college professor. He has published four books of poetry, two novels, a book of short stories, and a nonfiction work on North Carolina's Visiting [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Brown, William Hill
by Parramore, Thomas C. William Hill Brown, novelist and poet, was born in Boston, Mass., the son of Gawen Brown, a noted clockmaker, and Elizabeth Hill Adams Brown. At the age of twenty-three, Brown published a novel [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Burke, Thomas
by Watterson, John. Thomas Burke, governor and poet, was born in Ireland and grew up in Dublin, probably in a Protestant household. He migrated to the colonies following family quarrels in 1759 or 1760 and settled in [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Byer, Kathryn Stripling
by Alley, Sierra. Kathryn Stripling Byer, an American poet, teacher and essayist, was born in Camilla, Georgia. Her father, C.M. Stripling, was a farmer and her mother, Bernice Campbell Stripling, was a [...] (from NCpedia.)
Chaloner, John Armstrong
by Chestnut, Paul I. John Armstrong Chaloner, author, industrialist, and philanthropist, was born in New York City in the home of his maternal ancestors, the prominent Astor family. The family name, originally spelled [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Chappell, Fred
by Anonymous. In December 1997, Governor Jim Hunt appointed Fred Chappell North Carolina's fourth Poet Laureate. This is only the latest achievement for Mr. Chappell, who began teaching in the Department of [...] (from North Carolina Arts Council.)
Clarke, William John
by Powell, William S. William John Clarke, soldier, state official, and poet, was born in Raleigh, the only child of Ann Maria Robadeau and William F. Clarke. After his wife's death in 1822 the elder Clarke married [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Crisp, Lucy Cherry
by Powell, William S. Lucy Cherry Crisp , museum administrator and poet, was born in Crisp, Edgecombe County, the daughter of Sellers M. and Annie Gorham Crisp. She was graduated from the North Carolina College for Women [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Dargan, Olive Tilford
by Johnson, E. D. Olive Tilford Dargan, writer, was born at Tilford Springs in Grayson County, Ky., the daughter of Elisha Francis and Rebecca Day Tilford. About 1879 her schoolteacher father moved the family to [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Devereux, John, Jr.
by Armistead, Terrell L. Devereux, John, Jr. by Terrell L. Armistead, 1986 17 Dec. 1820–10 Apr. [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Douglass, John Jordan
by Green, C. Sylvester. John Jordan Douglass, clergyman and poet, was born in Cumnock, Lee County, the oldest of nine children of William Campbell and Josephine Tysor Douglass. His father was a successful attorney and his [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Ellenwood, Henry Small
by Perry, Percival. Henry Small Ellenwood, teacher, author, poet, and newspaper editor, was born in Newburyport, Mass., the eldest son of Elisha Small, a mariner who died in the West Indies in 1806, leaving a widow and [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Faduma, Orishatukeh
by Deveneaux, Gustav H. K. Orishatukeh Faduma, teacher and minister, was born in Guyana, South America (formerly British Guiana), to John and Omolofi Faduma, freed African slaves from Yorubaland (now in southwestern Nigeria, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Fuller, Edwin Wiley
by Malone, E. T., Jr. Edwin Wiley Fuller, poet and novelist, was born in Louisburg, Franklin County, the son of Jones Fuller, a cotton broker and merchant, and of Anna Long Thomas, a lady of culture, religion, and [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Fulton, David Bryant
by Andrews, William L. David Bryant Fulton, black polemicist and author, was born in Fayetteville to Benjamin and Lavinia Robinson Fulton. His early childhood was spent in the Fayetteville area, but he grew up in [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Gay, James
by Walser, Richard. James Gay, farmer, soldier, and poet, was born in Ulster, Ireland, of Devon forebears. In lieu of a formal education, he avidly read history and the Scottish poems of Allan Ramsay. At age sixteen he [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Godfrey, Thomas, Jr.
by Walser, Richard. Thomas Godfrey, Jr., mercantile agent, poet, and dramatist, was born in Philadelphia. His father was the inventor of the quadrant and one of the original members of the American Philosophical Society [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Hargrave, Richard
by Powell, William S. Hargrave, Richard by William S. Powell, 1988 5 Dec. 1803–23 June 1879 Richard Hargrave, clergyman and author, was born in Caswell County, the son of William and Sallie Ellis Hargrave. His [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Harris, Hunter Lee
by Walser, Richard. Hunter Lee Harris, geologist and poet, was born at Sassafras Fork (Stem) in Granville County, son of Adam Clarke and Martha Hunter Harris and the youngest of six. He had two sisters and three [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Henderson, Barbara Bynum
by Happer, Carolyn Murray. Barbara Bynum Henderson, poet, translator, and pioneer leader in the North Carolina woman suffrage movement, was born into a family closely connected with the Episcopal church. Her father, William [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Henderson, Philo P.
by Walser, Richard. Henderson, Philo P. by Richard Walser, 1988 February 1823–21 July 1852 Philo P. Henderson, poet, was born in Central Mecklenburg County, the son of James P. and Harriet Wallace Henderson. [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Hill, Theophilus Hunter
by Norris, Elizabeth E. Theophilus Hunter Hill, poet and librarian, was born near Raleigh at Spring Hill plantation in the home of his maternal grandfather, Theophilus Hunter, Jr. His great-grandfather was the Reverend [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Holden, Joseph William
by Raper, Horace W. Joseph William Holden, poet, newspaperman, and state political leader, was born in Raleigh, the son of William Woods and Ann Augusta Young Holden. He attended the Lovejoy School in Raleigh and later [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Horton, George Moses
by Walser, Richard. George Moses Horton, poet, was born in Northampton County, the property of William Horton who also owned his mother, his five older half sisters, and his younger brother and three sisters. As a [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Howell, Rednap
by Johnson, Elmer D. Rednap Howell, "poet of the Regulators," moved to North Carolina from New Jersey, probably in the early 1760s. He settled first in present Chatham County, then moved about 1768 to what is now [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Jarrell, Randall
by Farnham, Mary. Randall Jarrell, poet, critic, and teacher, was born in Nashville, Tenn., the son of Owen and Anna Campbell Jarrell. Owing to his parents' divorce, much of his childhood through 1927 was spent in [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Joyner, Edmund Noah
by Malone, E. T., Jr. Edmund Noah Joyner, Episcopal priest, missionary, soldier, poet, and newspaper editor, was born in the Marlboro community near Farmville in Pitt County, the son of Dr. Noah and Emily Adelaide [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Kingsberry-Burt, Sheila: The Undercrust Of Living Dust
by Cecelski, David S. Kingsberry-Burt is a survivor of poverty, child abuse and teen pregnancy. She is a community activist, a minister, a poet, and she fixed me the best fried chicken I've ever eaten. She is also a [...] (from Listening to History, News and Observer.)
Lanier, Sidney Clopton
by Powell, William S. Lanier, Sidney Clopton by William S. Powell, 1991 3 Feb. 1842–7 Sept. 1881 Sidney Clopton Lanier, poet, musician, novelist, and author of books for boys, was born [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Lehman, Emma Augusta
by Walser, Richard. Emma Augusta Lehman, teacher and poet, was born at Bethania, the daughter of Eugene Christian and Amanda Sophia Butler Lehman. Her father was director of the village orchestra. She had two brothers, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Lovejoy, Jefferson Marshall [Madison?]
by Walser, Richard. Lovejoy, Jefferson Marshall [Madison?] by Richard Walser, 1991 5 June 1814–26 June [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
MacRae, John
by Walser, Richard. John MacRae, Loyalist poet and song-writer, born in Kintain, Scotland, was a recognized Gaelic poet and singer before sailing for North Carolina in 1774 and settling on McLendons Creek (now in Moore [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
McGirt, James Ephraim
by Andrews, William L. James Ephraim McGirt, black poet, editor, and publisher, was born in Robeson County near the town of Lumberton. The son of Madison and Ellen Townsend McGirt, he grew up on the family farm and was [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
McNeill, John Charles
by Walser, Richard. John Charles McNeill, poet, journalist, and lawyer, was born at Ellerslie, his father's farm near Wagram in Richmond (later Scotland) County. His two grandfathers had emigrated from Argyllshire, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Means, Alexander
by Powell, William S. Means, Alexander by William S. Powell, 1991 6 Feb. 1801–5 June [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Murphy, John Albert
by Powell, William S. John Albert Murphy, clergyman and poet, the son of John and Mary ("Molly") Livengood Murphy, was born in Davidson County on his father's farm between Abbott's Creek and Rich Fork. The 1850 census [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Newsom, Dallas Walton
by Green, C. Sylvester. Dallas Walton Newsom, educational administrator, county manager, scholar, and poet, was born in Littleton, Warren County, the son of Marion Eaton and Annie Soule Heptinstall Newsom. His grandparents, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
North Carolina Poets Laureate
by Case, Steven. North Carolina Poets Laureate by Steven Case, 2009. Updated 2014. NC Government & Heritage Library. A JOINT RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE AND EMPOWER THE GOVERNOR OF [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Owen, Guy
by Walser, Richard. Guy Owen, teacher and writer, was born of Welsh and English ancestry in the Elkton community near Clarkton (called "Clayton" in his fiction) in Bladen County ("Cape Fear County"), the oldest of four [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Page, Hubbard Fulton
by Malone, E. T., Jr. Hubbard Fulton Page, folk poet, teacher, and composer, was born in northern Sampson County near the old Harnett County community of Averasboro. He was the son of Sion Cephas, a circuit-riding Baptist [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Parson, Donald
by Powell, William S. Donald Parson, poet, author, and authority on the game of bridge, was born in Washington, D.C., the son of William Edwin and Anna Rebecca Naille Parson. He was graduated cum laude from Harvard [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Paul, Hiram Voss
by Miller, Patricia J. Hiram Voss Paul, poet, author, editor, and journalist, was born in New Bern of Scotch-Irish ancestry. His forefathers, the McCotters and the Pauls, were among the first settlers of Albemarle County [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Payne, Anne Blackwell
by Worthy, Pauline. Anne Blackwell Payne, poet, was the daughter of Charles M. and Margaret Justice Sparrow Payne. Anne, called "Annie" until she grew up, was born in Concord, where her father was a Presbyterian [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Pearson, James Larkin
by Walser, Richard. James Larkin Pearson, poet and printer, was born of English and Scotch-Irish ancestry in a log cabin on Berry's Mountain three miles from Boomer in Wilkes County, the oldest of two sons of William [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Pearson, James Larkin
by Anonymous. The second Poet Laureate of North Carolina was born in Wilkes County, September 13, 1879. His name was James Larkin Pearson, son of William and Louise McNeil Pearson. Born in the Berry's Mountain [...] (from James Larkin Pearson Library, Wilkes Community College.)
Pender, Josiah Solomon
by Johnston, Hugh Buckner. Josiah Solomon Pender, poet, artist, army officer, and Confederate blockade-runner, was the son of Solomon and Mary Batts Pender of the Tarboro area of Edgecombe County, both of whom were descended [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Poet Laureate
by Craton, Lillian E. On 11 May 1935 the General Assembly of North Carolina passed a resolution empowering the governor to appoint a poet laureate for the state. The position remained empty until 1948, when outgoing [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Rhodes, William Henry
by Powell, William S. Rhodes, William Henry by William S. Powell, 1994 16 July 1822–14 Apr. 1876 See also:  Rhodes, Elisah Averitt William Henry Rhodes, pioneer writer of science [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Roanoke-Chowan Group
by Parker, Roy, Jr. The Roanoke-Chowan Group of Writers and Allied Artists began in 1948 as an informal gathering of writers, musicians, painters, and patrons of the arts called together by retired banker Gilbert T. [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Rockwell, James Chester
by Tucker, Glenn. James Chester Rockwell, poet, editor, and minister, whose early death at age twenty-five was believed to have deprived North Carolina of one of its most promising literary figures of the late [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Sandburg, Carl August
by Gohdes, Clarence. Carl August Sandburg, poet, journalist, biographer, and folk song recitalist, was a national celebrity long identified with the Midwest when he moved to North Carolina in 1945 after purchasing the [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Shepard, James Biddle
by Powell, William S. James Biddle Shepard, lawyer, legislator, and poet, was born in New Bern, the son of William Biddle and Mary Blount Shepard of Elmwood, Pasquotank County. He was related to the Biddle and Pettigrew [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Shepherd, Lilla (May) Vass
by Walser, Richard. Lilla (May) Vass Shepherd, poet, was born in Raleigh, the youngest child of Lillias Margaret McDaniel and William Worrell Vass. She had a brother William Worrell, Jr., a sister Eleanor Margaret, and [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Simmons, James Frederick
by Powell, William S. James Frederick Simmons, poet, newspaperman, and judge, was born in Halifax, the son of James (1800–1891) and Susan Gary Simmons. His mother died when he was an infant and he was raised by an aunt, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Sledd, Benjamin Franklin
by Woodard, John R. Benjamin Franklin Sledd, educator and poet, was born in Bedford County, Va., the son of William Edgar and Arabella Hobson Sledd. Members of both the Hobson and Sledd families had fought in all the [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Smith, Michael
by Killingsworth, M. Jimmie. Michael Smith, preacher and poet, was born in County Meath, Ireland, the son of the Reverend Robert Smith. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, he was ordained an Anglican priest by the bishop of [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Stem, Thaddeus Garland, Jr.
by Glover, Erma Williams. Thaddeus Garland Stem, Jr., poet, essayist, newspaper columnist, and short-story writer, the son of Thaddeus G., attorney at law, and Hallie Mayes Stem, was born in his parents' home at 104 East [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Stewart, Alexander
by Powell, William S. Alexander Stewart, public official and perhaps a poet, was born in Scotland but was clerk of court in Beaufort County, N.C., by 1751. He may have been the Stewart who represented one of the borough [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Stockard, Henry Jerome
by Sherwood, Mary Bates. Henry Jerome Stockard, poet and educator, was born in Chatham County. His ancestors emigrated from Scotland to Pennsylvania and moved to Chatham County between 1750 and 1760. His grandfather, John [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Taylor, James Fauntleroy
by York, Maury. James Fauntleroy Taylor, state librarian, the son of North Carolina attorney general James Fauntleroy and Eliza Leonora Taylor, was born in Raleigh. He attended The University of North Carolina, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
The Old North State: A Toast
by Agan, Kelly. State Toast: The Old North State: A Toast (aka, The Tar Heel Toast) by Kelly Agan, N.C. Government & Heritage Library, 2016   See also: North Carolina State Symbols and [...] (from Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.)
Van Noppen, Leonard Charles
by Yanchisin, D. A. Leonard Charles Van Noppen, poet, literary expert, and translator, was born at Wemeldinge, Zeeland, Holland. His parents, Cornelius Martin and Johanna Maria Cappon Van Noppen, immigrated to the [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Walden, Islay
by Jackson, Blyden. Islay Walden, black poet and Congregational minister, was born in Randolph County, the son of a slave named Ruth belonging to James Gardner. At Gardner's death in 1843 Ruth and her two children were [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Weaver, John Van Alstyne
by Walser, Richard. John Van Alstyne Weaver, writer, was born in Charlotte, the son of Annie Randolph Tate of Charlotte and John Van Alstyne Weaver, Sr., of New York State. Of Scottish, Irish, Huguenot, German, English, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
White, Henry, Jr.
by Terrill, Thomas E. Henry White, Jr., Quaker leader, colonial official, and poet, was born in Isle of Wight County, Va. His father, Henry White, Sr., a cooper, married, first, Elener (surname unknown) and, later, [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Whiting, Seymour Webster
by Anthony, Robert G., Jr. Whiting, Seymour Webster by Robert G. Anthony, Jr., 1996 15 Aug. 1816–2 Jan. 1855 Seymour Webster Whiting, banker, railroad official, and poet, was a native of Stratford, Conn. When about [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Whittlesey, Sarah Johnson Cogswell
by Walser, Richard. Whittlesey, Sarah Johnson Cogswell By Richard Walser, 1996 24 Aug. 1824–14 Feb. 1896 Sarah Johnson Cogswell Whittlesey, writer, was born in Williamston, the oldest child of Luman and Elizabeth [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Winslow, Milton
by Powell, William S. Milton Winslow, Quaker minister and author, was born in Randolph County, the oldest child of Thomas and Anna (Nancy) Nixon Winslow, members of the Back Creek Quaker Monthly Meeting. His mother died [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
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