Turner Cassity

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Turner Cassity (January 12, 1929, Jackson, Mississippi - July 26, 2009, Atlanta) was an American poet, playwright, and short story writer.

Life[edit]

He was the son of Dorothy and Allen Cassity, and grew up in Jackson and Forest, Mississippi. He graduated from Millsaps College and Stanford University with a master's degree.[1]

From 1952 to 1954, Cassity was drafted and stationed in Puerto Rico. He attended Columbia University on the GI Bill, and received a master's degree in library science in 1955 and then moved to South Africa. He worked at the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University, from 1962 to 1991,[2] and also taught poetry there. He also cofounded the Callanwolde Readings Program, which highlights poets and writers, with poet Michael Mott.

He is buried in Forest, Mississippi.[3] His papers are at Emory University.[4]

Awards[edit]

Works[edit]

Verse plays[edit]

  • Silver Out of Shanghai (1973)
  • The Book of Alna (1985)

Anthologies[edit]

Criticism[edit]

Ploughshares[edit]

Reviews[edit]

Devils & Islands, Cassity’s 10th collection, reinforces the image of the dapper Southerner as a satirist, and, in the words of National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia, ’73, MBA ’77, perhaps “the most brilliantly eccentric poet in America.” [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Turner Cassity, 80, award-winning poet and Emory librarian". Ajc.com. 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  2. ^ David Yezzi. "Turner Cassity". The Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Turner Cassity (1929-2009) | New Georgia Encyclopedia". Georgiaencyclopedia.org. 2007-03-17. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ CYNTHIA HAVEN. "A Poet Fond of Stumps". Stanford Magazine. 

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