Saturday, June 07, 2008

Unknown Birthday: Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley, poet
c. 1753/54-Dec. 5, 1784

A Voice of Her Own: A Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet by Kathryn Lasky, illustrated by Paul Lee (Candlewick, 2005)

The first published African-American woman poet is remembered in this story about her life. Sold into slavery and purchased by the Wheatley family of Boston, Massachusetts, she learned to read and write. Wheatley's first poem was published when she was 13. Stirring.

bio is posted on the University of Delaware site that has a volume of Wheatley poems in their collection. Another short bio of Wheatley appears on a PBS page.