Helen von Kolnitz Hyer
|Helen von Kolnitz Hyer|
|Born||Helen von Kolnitz
December 30, 1896
Charleston, South Carolina
|Died||November 14, 1983
Beaufort, South Carolina
|Alma mater||Simmons College|
|Notable awards||South Carolina Poet Laureate|
|Spouse||Edward Allen Hyer|
Hyer was born in Charleston, South Carolina on December 30, 1896. Her parents were George and Sarah Conover (Holmes) von Kolnitz. She graduated from Ashley Hall in Charleston and then proceeded to study at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1917 to 1918, studying library science.
Hyer's poetry career began early in life as she was recognized for her ability to memorize and recite poetry. One of her poems became the school song for Ashley Hall. Publication of her poetry began when she was just 17; first in Romance magazine, then in Adventure Magazine.
She was a founding member of the Poetry Society of South Carolina in 1920. Hyer wrote many works for children as well as adults. Her work often centered on the South, focusing on Confederate heroes, the history of South Carolina, as well as romance in the South. Her work appeared in journals such as Poet Lore, Argosy and The Christian Science Monitor.
- Poetry Society Prize for "Chat Île Plantation–Deserted" – Poetry Society of South Carolina, 1921.
- South Carolina Poet Laureate, 1974–1983
- Santee Songs (1923)
- On Shiny Wings (1926)
- Hurricane Harbor (1927)
- The Magnificent Squeak (1929)
- Wine Dark Sea (1930)
- Stories By Seasons (1930)
- The Wimp and the Woodle, and Other Stories (1935)
- Danger Never Sleeps (1970)
- What the Wind Forgets a Woman's Heart Remembers (1975)
- "Hyer, Helen von Kolnitz". The South Carolina Encyclopedia. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press. 2006. p. 471. ISBN 978-1-57003-598-2.
- "Helen von Kolnitz Hyer". South Carolina Center for the Book. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
- Yuhl, Stephanie E. (2005). A Golden Haze of Memory: The Making Of Historic Charleston. Univ of North Carolina Press. p. 102. ISBN 978-0-8078-5599-7. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
- "Sing Out About Georgetown". The Myrtle Beach Sun News. July 3, 2003. p. C2.
- Allen, Paul Edward (November 1976). "Helen von Kolnitz Hyer" (PDF). The South Carolina Review. 9 (1). Retrieved December 28, 2012.