Abbie Huston Evans

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Abbie Huston Evans (20 December 1881 – October 1983) was an American poet and teacher.


Her father, Bard Lewis Darenydd Evans, immigrated to the United States from Wales. He labored as a coal miner, until he was accepted for college. He studied two years at Western Reserve University, and graduated from Bangor Theological Seminary.

Abbie Evans was born in Lee, New Hampshire, and graduated from Radcliffe College with a B.A. (1913, Phi Beta Kappa) and M.A. (1918), where she studied with Odell Shepard. She went to France during World War I, then came home to work as a social worker to coal miners in Colorado and Pittsburgh. She later taught at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia from 1923 to 1953. She lived at 414 Queen Street in Philadelphia. Then she taught at College Settlement Farm-Camp in Horsham, Pennsylvania from 1953 to 1957. She summer vacationed at the Maine coast.

Edna St. Vincent Millay was a friend from Sunday school, and wrote an introduction to Outcrop. Margaret Marshall, at Harcourt, Brace was her friend, and poetry editor. Louise Bogan accepted Abbie’s poems for The New Yorker.

She received an honorary degree from Bowdoin College, in 1961,[1]

Her poems appeared in The Nation,[2] The New Yorker,[3] and Poetry.[4] She recorded for the Library of Congress in 1964.[5]

Her letters with Odell Shepard are at the University of Delaware.[6] Barbara Lachman was working on a biography.[7]



  • Outcrop. Harper & brothers. 1928.
  • Bright North. Macmillan. 1938.
  • Fact of Crystal. Harcourt, Brace. 1961.
  • Collected poems. University of Pittsburgh Press. 1970. ISBN 978-0-8229-3208-6.


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2009-06-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ Huston, Abbie. "Wing-Spread by Wing-Spread Abbie Huston Evans : Poetry Magazine". Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  5. ^ "Library of Congress LCCN Permalink 94838491". 1964-01-22. Archived from the original on 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  6. ^ "University of Delaware: ABBIE HUSTON EVANS LETTERS TO ODELL SHEPARD". 1967-07-19. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  7. ^ "Authors' Queries". The New York Times. February 18, 2001.
  8. ^ "1962 National Book Awards Winners and Finalists, The National Book Foundation". Retrieved 2012-11-09.

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