Ann Darr (1920-2007)

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Ann Darr (1920 - December 2, 2007) wrote ten books and chapbooks of poetry. She served on the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) during WWII, which is why the subject of much of her poetry is flight. She won the Discovery Award from the Poetry Center in New York, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Bunting Fellowship from Radcliffe. Both the Library of Congress and the Watershed Tapes have recorded her works, and she read in England as well as America, at the Planetarium of the National Air and Space Museum and for the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution, among other places. Darr edited many poetry books, including the anthology Hungry As We Are (Washington Writers Publishing House, 1995), and was the Poet-in-Residence on the Point Counterpoint II, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra’s performing arts boat. She taught Creative Writing at American University and several other universities in Maryland, as well as at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda. She also wrote articles on the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII for the New York Times Magazine, on Veteran’s Day 1997 for the U.S. News and World Report, and for the dedication of the Women’s Military Service for America (WIMSA) Memorial in Arlington. Darr’s biography is in the book Who’s Who of American Women, and she was featured in the New York Museum of Radio & Television. Some of her poetry books include St. Ann’s Gut (1971), The Myth of a Woman’s Fist (1973), The Twelve Pound Cigarette (1990) and Love in the Past Tense (2000).

Info from Kim Roberts biographical collection file in Gelman Library AND Beltway Poetry Quarterly: "Let Us Now Praise Famous Women: Remembering Ann Darr" by Grace Cavalieri, Volume 9:3, Summer 2008: DC Writers' Homes:

Written by Word Works intern Monica Root October 2013

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