Between 1916 and 1962, this Harlem Renaissance author published four collections of poetry and over two dozen plays. Her best known works include "Calling Dreams," "To Your Eyes," and Plumes.
After graduating from the Normal School at Atlanta University, she studied music at Ohio's Oberlin Conservatory. She published her first poetry collection, The Heart of a Woman, in 1916.
Many of her poems were published in W.E. DuBois' The Crisis journal.
She was raised in Georgia as a member of a family of African American and Native American heritage. Her marriage to attorney Henry Lincoln Johnson resulted in sons named Peter and Henry.
She was among the handful of women whose work was anthologized in Harlem Renaissance author Alain Locke's work Plays of Negro Life: A Source-Book of Native American Drama.