Ida G. Athens

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Ida G. Athens (February 23, 1882 – November 4, 1977) was the author of a collection of poetry titled Brethren.

Born Ida Bird Gerding in Cleves, Ohio, she came from a poor German-American family.

She was included in the Who's Who of African American Writers because of her candid comments upon racial tension in the United States, perhaps inspired by her own low socio-economic background. She was also supposedly influential in choosing the geranium as Ohio's state flower.[citation needed]

She married to William Wilson Athens II on December 23, 1917, as his second wife. She died in Cincinnati, Ohio.


  • Brethren, 1940
  • John three, sixteen, 1959