Gloria Oden (1923-2012)
Gloria Oden (1923-2012) wrote five books of poetry, as well as journal articles and book reviews. She was raised in a home where she was expected to read and memorize poetry. She graduated from Howard University, where she did her undergraduate work and also earned her J.D. After law school, Oden held a government job in Washington, DC and then moved to New York to work as a clerk for National Infantile Paralysis Foundation. She edited various magazines such as the American Journal of Physics and went on to publish the magazine The Urbanite as an act against the magazine Ebony. She then worked for the American Institute of Physics for five years and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for a year and a half. Oden edited math and science textbooks for Appleton-Century-Crofts and Holt, Reinhart, and Winston. She then did some graduate work at New York University and taught creative writing while researching Charles Chesnutt and Charlotte Forten Grimke at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Oden self-published her first poetry book The Naked Frame (1952). She was awarded a John Hay Whitney Opportunity Fellowship for Creative Writers and a Yaddo Fellowship which she took for a two-month residency. Her poetry book Resurrections (1978) was inspired by the unsolved murder of her mother and sister in their Washington, DC home. Her book Appearances (2004) was written in tribute to her late father. She wrote about personal subjects as well as broader concepts of love, family, and sexual passion. Two more of her poetry books were The Ties That Bind (1980) and Homage (2011).
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Written by Monica Root, December 2013.