Title

Nancy Byrd Turner

Poet Information

Nancy Byrd Turner

About the Poet

Nancy Byrd Turner was born in Boydton, Virginia, July 29, 1880. She was the eldest child of Rev. Byrd Thornton and Nancy Turner. In 1898, she graduated from Hannah More Academy in Maryland and began work as a teacher. During this period her work appeared in several national magazines including the Saturday Evening Post and Scribner's.

In 1917, she moved to Boston to join the editorial staff of The Youth's Companion. By 1922 she was an editor for The Atlantic, The Independent, and Houghton Mifflin. She joined the MacDowell art colony in 1925 and remained there until 1944.

Her first book of poetry, A Riband on My Rein, was published in 1929. Over the course of her career she published 15 books, ranging from adult poetry to children's literature and lyrics. Magpie Lane: Poems. Harcourt, Brace & Company. 1927, A Riband on My Rein, 1929, Zodiac Town. Atlantic Monthly Press. 1921 (illustrated by Winifred Bromhall), The Mother of Washington. Dodd, Mead & Company. 1930, A Riband on My Rein: Poems. Dodd, Mead & Company. 1934, Star in a Well; Poems. New York: Dodd, Mead and Co. 1935, Silver Saturday: Poems for the Home. New York: Dodd, Mead and Co. 1937, Poems: Selected and New. Golden Quill Press. 1965, and When Young Melissa Sweeps: Poem. Peachtree. 1998.

Her work appeared in England and in the United States in such magazines as Good Housekeeping, Harper's Magazine, Ladies' Home Journal, and the New Yorker. She was also the recipient of the 1930 Golden Rose Award, of the New England Poetry Society, and the 1948 Virginia Writers' Club's poetry prize.

She retired to Ashland, Virginia to become a lecturer and freelance writer. She died September 5, 1971.

From Wikipedia

Region

Southside

Virginia City or County Affiliation

Mecklenburg County, Virginia

Gender

Female

Race/Ethnicity

White

Year of Birth

1880-1971

Published Works or Performances

Her first book of poetry, A Riband on My Rein, was published in 1929. Over the course of her career she published 15 books, ranging from adult poetry to children's literature and lyrics. Magpie Lane: Poems. Harcourt, Brace & Company. 1927, A Riband on My Rein, 1929, Zodiac Town. Atlantic Monthly Press. 1921 (illustrated by Winifred Bromhall), The Mother of Washington. Dodd, Mead & Company. 1930, A Riband on My Rein: Poems. Dodd, Mead & Company. 1934, Star in a Well; Poems. New York: Dodd, Mead and Co. 1935, Silver Saturday: Poems for the Home. New York: Dodd, Mead and Co. 1937, Poems: Selected and New. Golden Quill Press. 1965, and When Young Melissa Sweeps: Poem. Peachtree. 1998.

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