American poet and publisher who held the title of North Carolina Poet Laureate from 1953 until his death at age 101. His rural-themed poetry collections include Fifty Acres, Early Harvest, and Plowed Ground.
He grew up in a log cabin on a North Carolina farm and wrote his first poem when he was four years old.
He founded a newspaper called The Fool-Killer in 1910 and used the publication to voice his support for prohibition.
He was married twice -- to Cora Wallace and Eleanor Fox -- and was widowed twice, having fathered a stillborn child and an adopted daughter.
He, like A.R. Ammons, was a North Carolina-born poet.