Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History – January 9, 2018

Poets’ and writers’ birthdays for today, Jan. 9, include William Meredith, Lizette Woodworth Reese, Simone de Beauvoir, and Walter Brooks. You’ll find today’s poem, Reese’s “A Violin at Dusk,” below. Thank you for reading and for sharing Bidwell Hollow with others. Simone de Beauvoir Today is also the birthday of writer and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir. She was born in...

Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History – January 8, 2018

Poets’ and writers’ birthdays for today, Jan. 8, include John Gneisenau Neihardt, Karen Tei Yamashita, and Stephen Hawking. Today’s poem “While Loveliness Goes By,” which you’ll find below. Thanks for reading, and, if you enjoy Bidwell Hollow, please share us with others. John Gneisenau Neihardt And also born today was John Greenleaf Neihardt, in a one-room cabin near Sharpsburg, IL....

Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History – January 7, 2018

Writers’ and poets’ birthdays for today, Jan. 7, include Zora Neale Hurston, Sofi Oksanen, and Louise Imogen Guiney. Guiney’s “Borderland” is our poem for today, which you’ll find below. Thanks for reading, and, if you enjoy Bidwell Hollow, please share us with others. Zora Neale Hurston Born today in 1891 in Notasulga, AL, was Zora Neale Hurston, the child of...

Writers’ & Poets’ Birthdays & Other Literary History – January 6, 2018

Writers’ and poets’ whose birthdays are today, Jan. 6, include Carl Sandburg, Elizabeth Strout, and E. L. Doctorow. It’s from Sandburg that we have today’s poem, “Shirt,” which you’ll find below. Thank you for reading. Carl Sandburg Today in a three-room cottage in Galesburg, IL, was born a boy who would become a beloved American poet. Carl August Sandburg was...