Lucille Clifton

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Birthday
27, 1936
Birthplace
Depew, NY
Death Date
Feb 13, 2010 (73)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
27, 1936
Birthplace
Depew, NY
Death Date
Feb 13, 2010 (73)

About

African-American poet and author known for such poetry collections as Good Times and Blessing the Boats. She is also known for her Everett Anderson series, as well as for such children's books as Three Wishes and The Lucky Stone.

Before Fame

She studied at Howard University on a scholarship, but received low grades and transferred to the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Trivia

She was born with six fingers on each hand, as were other women in her family. She had her extra fingers removed when she was a child.

Family Life

She wed artist and professor Fred James Clifton in 1958, after acting with him in a community theatrical production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie.

Associated With

She was the Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1979 to 1985. Claudia Emerson, too, was the Poet Laureate of a Mid-Atlantic state (Virginia).

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