Léonie Adams

Léonie Adams

1899 - 1988

Léonie Adams served as Poet Laureate from 1948 to 1949. Léonie Adams' poetry has been set to music by American composer John Musto, among others.

Photo: Léonie Adams, 1959, photo by Carl Van Vechten, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division


A native of Brooklyn, New York, Léonie Adams studied at Barnard College and lived almost exclusively in New York City. In 1929, she spent one year in Paris on a Guggenheim Fellowship, where she met Gertrude Stein and several other important writers. She married writer and teacher William Troy in 1933.

In addition to writing and publishing poetry, Léonie Adams was also a teacher at several universities in New York as well as throughout the United States. She served as Poet Laureate and shared the Bollingen Prize in 1955 with her friend Louise Bogan.

--Christie Finn Source: Yale University: Léonie Adams Papers

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