What's new: May 2018

May 24, 2018

The May 2018 update focuses on writers, editors, and poets whose work has shaped American culture, including poet and spoken word artist Pat Parker, Pulitzer Prize-winner James Schulyer, and cartoonist William Steig.

Cannon, Poppy (1905–1975), cookbook author, journalist, and advertising executive
Chamberlain, Samuel V. (1895–1975), graphic artist, photographer, and gourmet food writer*
Engle, Paul (1908–1991), poet, literary critic, and educator
Gittings, Barbara (31 July 1932–18 Feb. 2007), lesbian and gay rights activist*
Gonzales, Rodolfo “Corky” (1928–2005), boxer, activist, and poet
Kumin, Maxine (1925–2014), poet, essayist, and fiction writer for children and adults
L’Engle, Madeleine (1918–2007), novelist, poet, and essayist
Nordstrom, Ursula (1910–1988), writer, editor, and children’s book publisher*
Parker, Pat (1944–1989), poet, performer, health care administrator, and lesbian-feminist activist
Parker, Robert Brown (1932–2010), novelist
Pennell, Elizabeth Robins (1855–1936), author, art critic, and culinary writer
Schuyler, James (1923–1991), poet and novelist*
Steig, William (1907–2003), cartoonist, illustrator, and children’s book author
Terkel, Studs (16 May 1912–31 Oct. 2008), oral historian, radio broadcaster, and political activist*


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