Lizette Woodworth Reese

Lizette Woodworth Reese

1856 - 1935

An American poet based in Baltimore, Maryland, Lizette Woodworth Reese's influence as an American female poet is often compared to that of Emily Dickinson.


Reese was born in Baltimore to a German mother and Confederate soldier father. She was based in Baltimore her entire life, working for about 50 years in the Baltimore public school system as an English teacher.

Her use of formal structures in combination with every day speech had a great influence on younger women poets in America, including Louise Bogan and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Reese's poetry gained attention with her first publication A Branch of May in 1887. She proceeded to publish eight more volumes of poetry in her life.

Reese co-founded the Women's Literary Club of Baltimore and was a member of the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore.

--Christie Finn

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