Josephine Jacobsen

Josephine Jacobsen served as Poet Laureate from 1971 to 1973. Her poetry has been set to music by Jean Eichelberger Ivey.

Photo: Josephine Jacobsen, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

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“Jacobsen, born on the shore of Lake Ontario, Canada, while her American parents were on vacation, was educated at Roland Park Country School in Baltimore. Her poetry, published in nine volumes, is known for its spare, elegant language on a broad range of topics. She also wrote short stories and literary criticism. Jacobsen generously advised struggling writers. She received the Shelley Memorial Award in 1994 and the Robert Frost Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry in 1997.”

–Library of Congress Poets Laureate page

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