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Biographies Léonie Adams

U.S. Consultant in Poetry, 1948-1949

Léonie Adams, U.S. Consultant in Poetry, 1948-1949. Photo credit: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).

Adams (1899-1988) was born in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at Barnard College, and began publishing poems while still a student there. The author of five poetry collections, she received a shared Bollingen Prize in 1954 for Poems: A Selection, as well as the 1974 Academy Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Shelley Memorial Award. She taught English at various institutions, including Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University.

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