Bennie Lee Sinclair

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Birthday
15, 1939
Birthplace
South Carolina
Death Date
May 22, 2000 (61)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
15, 1939
Birthplace
South Carolina
Death Date
May 22, 2000 (61)

About

American poet, short story author, novelist, and former South Carolina Poet Laureate. Her literary works include Little Chicago Suite (poems), Appalachian Trilogy (short fiction), and The Lynching (novel).

Before Fame

Her first poems were published when she was in first grade; later, she graduated from Greenville High School and Furman University and continued writing and publishing.

Trivia

She was reading a poem for the 1999 inauguration of the South Carolina governor when her paper was blown away; however, without missing a beat, she recited her poem from memory.

Family Life

She married Don Lewis, a sculptor, in 1958. The couple subsequently lived on a wildlife sanctuary in Greenville County, South Carolina.

Associated With

She and The Color Purple author, Alice Walker, were southern-born literary contemporaries.