Shirley Thorton Cochrane (March 5, 1925 - November 18, 2015) was born in Chapel Hill, NC, the daughter of Shirley Thorton and Margaret White Graves. She grew up in the Chapel Hill area before going on to Agnes Scott College in Georgia. Returning to Chapel Hill after graduation, she worked for five years as the editor at the UNC Press. She married William M. Cochrane and they moved to Washington DC where her husband served as the Senior Advisor to the Senate Rules Committee. In Washington, she shared her knowledge as a founding member of the Capitol Hill Poetry Group and she also taught as a professor at Georgetown University's School of Continuing Education and The Writer's Center. Her fiction and poetry appeared in numerous magazines, quarterlies, and anthologies. She was the author of numerous poetry books including "Burnsite", "Family & Other Strangers" and "Letters to the Quick/Letters to the Dead".
Beltway Poetry Quarterly: http://washingtonart.com/beltway/cochrane.html