Phyllis Armstrong (?-1999)

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Phyllis Armstrong (1910-1999) was the author of a book of poetry called A Witness to Washington. She worked in the Library of Congress for more than two decades, specifically in the Law Library and as the first Special Assistant in Poetry. After serving four years in the British Woman’s Royal Naval Service as a cipher officer, she worked with 14 US Poet Laureates total. This impressive amount of experience with Poet Laureates won her the Amos R. Koontz Memorial Foundation Award for Distinguished Service. She was considered a necessary asset in the Library. Her poetry relies on intricate details and conveys a sense of deep observation. *info from*

written by Word Works intern Monica Root, September 2013

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