Clifton, Lucille, 1936-2010

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Lucille Clifton (1936- 2010), African American poet and children's book author. She was born Thelma Lucille Clifton on June 27, 1936 to Samuel L. Sayles, Sr. and Thelma Moore Sayles in Depew, New York. At the age of seven, the Sayles family moved to nearby Buffalo, New York. From 1953-1955, Lucille attended Howard University from 1953-1955 and Fredonia State Teachers College (now State University of New York College at Fredonia) in 1955. Clifton's first volume of poetry, GOOD TIMES, was published in 1969 and chosen by The New York Times as one of the ten best books of the year. Other volumes of poetry followed, including GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE EARTH (1972), and AN ORDINARY WOMAN (1974), NEXT: NEW POEMS (1987), and THE TERRIBLE STORIES (1996), which was nominated for a National Book Award. She has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for the years 1980, 1987, 1988, and 1991, and her BLESSING THE BOATS (2000) won the National Book Award for Poetry. In addition to poetry, Clifton has written many children's books, including eight volumes featuring the character of Everett Anderson. EVERETT ANDERSON'S GOODBYE won the Coretta Scott King Award from the American Library Association in 1984. In 2007, Clifton won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Clifton died on February 13, 2010.

From the description of Lucille Clifton papers, circa 1930-2009. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 221707777

African American poet and author, of Baltimore, Md.

From the description of Oral history interview, 1976. (Maryland Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 32818944

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creatorOf Harper, Michael S., 1938-. Office files : of The American Poetry Review, 1972-1983. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Glaser, Michael S., 1943-. Michael Glaser papers, 1969-2007. George Washington University
creatorOf Clifton, Lucille, 1936-2010. Poetry reading at Sarah Lawrence College [sound recording] / by Lucille Clifton. Sarah Lawrence College, Esther Raushenbush Library
referencedIn The Orion Society Audio-Visual Collection, R25. 1., 1994-2004 Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University,
creatorOf Ness, Evaline. Some of the days of Everett Anderson : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Madgett, Naomi Cornelia Long. Naomi Long Madgett and Lotus Press papers. 1937-2004 (bulk 1970-2003). University of Michigan
creatorOf Clifton, Lucille, 1936-2010. Lucille Clifton papers, circa 1930-2009. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Ostriker, Alicia. Office files of The American Poetry Review, 197x. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Clifton, Lucille, 1936-2010,. Oral history interview, 1976. Maryland Historical Society
creatorOf Clifton, Lucille, 1936-2010. Office files of The American Poetry Review, 1987-1993. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Records of, Sojourner, (inclusive), (bulk), 1920-2004, 1975-2002 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Ness, Evaline. Don't you remember? : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Ness, Evaline. Everett Anderson's Christmas coming : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Antioch Review mss., 1940-2007 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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Women poets, American--20th century
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Birth 1936-06-27

Death 2010-02-13





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