O.B. Hardison, Jr. (1928-1990)

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O.B. Hardison, Jr. (1928-1990) wrote two books of poetry, several essays, and multiple nonfiction books. He taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, during which time he was featured in Time Magazine as one of America’s best teachers. He was Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, where he started the Folger Poetry Series, the Folger Theatre, the Folger Consort, the K-12 educational programs, the Folger Institute, and other programs. His poetry collections are called Lyrics and Meditations (1948) and Pro Musica Antiqua (1977). Hardison’s poetry is known for mixing the serious with the satirical and for their strong rhyme schemes. http://washingtonart.com/beltway/hardison.html AND http://www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=549 DC Writers’ Homes: http://dcwriters.poetrymutual.org/pages/hardison.html

Written by Word Works intern Monica Root October 2013

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