Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Lucille Clifton (1936-2010)
MSA SC 3520-13587


Primary Works -

Mercy: Poems.  Rochester, NY: BOA Editions, 2004.
Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems.  Rochester, NY: BOA Editions, 2000.
    Winner of the National Book Award
The Terrible Stories: Poems.  Borckport, NY: BOA Editions, 1996.
The Book of Light. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon, 1993.
Quilting: Poems, 1987-1990.  Brockport, NY: BOA Editions, 1991.
Next: New Poems.  Brockport, NY: BOA Editions, 1987.
Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir.  Brockport, NY: BOA Editions,1987.
Two-Headed Woman. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1980.
    Pulitzer Prize nominee and winner of the Juniper Prize
An Ordinary Woman.  New York: Random House, 1974.
Good News About the Earth: New Poems.  New York: Random House, 1972.
Good Times: Poems.  New York: Random House, 1969.

Generations: A Memoir.  New York: Random House, 1976.

Works for Children:
One of the Problems of Everett Anderson.  New York: Henry Holt, 2001.
Everett Anderson’s Goodbye.  New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1983.
    Won Coretta Scott King Award for 1984.
Sonora Beautiful. New York: Dutton, 1981.
My Friend Jacob.  New York: Dutton, 1980.
The Lucky Stone.  New York: Delacorte, 1979.
Everett Anderson’s Nine Month Long.  New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1978.
Everett Anderson’s 1 2 3.   New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1977.
Amifika.  New York: Dutton, 1977.
Everett Anderson’s Friend.  New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1976.
Three Wishes.  New York: Viking, 1976.
My Brother Fine with Me.  New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. 1975.
Everett Anderson’s Year.  New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1974.
The Times They Used to Be. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. 1974.
The Boy Who Didn’t Believe in Spring.  New York: Dutton, 1973.
All Us Come Cross the Water.  New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.  1973.
Everett Anderson’s Christmas Coming.  New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1971.
The Blank BC’s.  New York: Dutton, 1970.
Some of the Days of Everett Anderson.  New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1970.

Archival Sources -

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (Papenfuse Topic File Collection) Clifton, Lucille, 350th Anniversary Poem,  MSA SC 1916-B29-F548.

Articles -
Phelps, Timothy M.  “Lucille Clifton, Prominent Black Writer, Named to Curios Job of Poet Laureate.”  The Baltimore Sun, 8 August 1979.

“State Briefs: Poet Laureate.” The Evening Capital, 8 August 1979.

Kneale, Dennis.  “A New Kind of Poet Laureate Won't Write ‘Greeting Cards'; No Greeting Cards for This Maryland Poet.”  The Washington Post, 9 August 1979.

Scharper, Diane.  “Poet Lucille Clifton Draws Inspiration from Family.”  The Baltimore Sun, 20 May 1995.

Marbella, Jean.  “Versed in Life.”  The Baltimore Sun, 6 November 1996.

Crockett, Sandra.  “Columbia Poet Wins Book Award Honor.” The Baltimore Sun, 16 November 2000.

Weeks, Linton.  “Poetry's Persistent Listener; Lucille Clifton Pays Attention to the Voice of What Is True.”  The Washington Post, 18 November 2000.

“Lucille Clifton's Magic; Grand Laurels: The Lyrical Chronicler of our Lives and Ttimes Wins the National Book Award.”  Editorial.  The Baltimore Sun, 22 November 2000.

Gray, Steven.  “A Quiet Poet Gains the Spotlight; National Book Award Recognizes Work of St. Mary's College Professor.”  The Washington Post, 23 November 2000.

Crockett, Sandra.  “'Roller Coaster' Ride Continues for Clifton.”  The Baltimore Sun, 7 February 2001.

“Women's Commission Selects Six for its Hall of Fame.”  The Baltimore Sun, 18 February 2001.

McCauley, Mary Carole. "Wise Woman of Words." The Baltimore Sun, 7 May 2007.

Madigan, Nick. "Lucille Clifton, one-time poet laureate of Md., dies at 73." The Baltimore Sun, 14 February 2010.

"Tributes planned for Maryland poet Clifton." The Baltimore Sun, 17 February 2010.

Curtis, Jennifer Keats. "Legendary Ladies: 10 Women Who Changed the Face of Maryland." Maryland Life, October 2011.

Secondary Sources -

Davis, Eisa.  “Lucille Clifton and Sonia Sanchez:  A Conversation.”  Callaloo: A Journal of African-American Arts and Letters 25.4 (2002).

Glaser, Michael.  “I’d Like to Not Be a Stranger in the World: A Conversation/Interview with Lucille Clifton.”  Antioch Review 58.3 (2000).

Harris, Trudier and Thadious Davis, eds.  Dictionary of Literary Biography: Afro-American Poets Since 1955.  Detroit, MI: Gale Research Co., 1985.

Hine, Darlene Clark, Elsa Barkley Brown, and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, eds. Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1993. 254-55.

Ostriker, Alicia.  “’Kin and Kin’: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton.”  In Literary Influence and African-American Writers.  New York: Garland, 1996.

Pettis, Joyce Owens.  African-American Poets: Lives, Works, and Sources.  Westpot, CN: Greenwood P, 2002.

Rowell, Charles H.  “An Interview with Lucille Clifton.”  Callaloo: A Journal of African-American Arts and Letters  22.1 (1999).

Whitley, Edward.  “Lucille Clifton (1936- ).”  In African American Autobiographies: A Sourcebook.  Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2002.

On-line Sources -

Academy of American Poets., “Lucille Clifton,” November 16, 2000.

English Department, University of Minnesota.  Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color, September, 18, 1998.

Maryland State Archives.  Maryland Manual On-Line, “Maryland at a Glance: Literature,” March 19, 2004.

Maryland State Archives. Maryland Women's Hall of Fame.

Modern American Poetry Society.  Modern American Poetry,  “Lucille Clifton,” January 1, 2002.

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