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Louisiana Poet Laureate Pinkie Gordon Lane dies
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Southern University's nationally-honored poet
and Louisiana Poet Laureate Pinkie Gordon Lane died early Wednesday
[December 3, 2008]. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Pinkie Gordon
Lane was 85.
Lane was chair of the Department of English at Southern from 1974 -
1986. She was published in a variety of journals and was recognized as
one of the 58 outstanding women for inclusion in the Women's Pavilion
of the World Exposition held in New Orleans in 1984.
From 1989 - 1992, she served as the first African-American Poet
Laureate of Louisiana. The Philadelphia, PA native graduated Magna Cum
Laude in 1949 from Spelman College with a degree in English and art.
She received a Master's Degree from Atlanta University (now
Clark-Atlanta) in 1956, and in 1967, she became the first
African-American to receive a doctorate from LSU. She worked at the
now-defunct Leland College in the English department before moving to
Southern in 1959, where she taught for 28 years.
She authored eight books, including four volumes of poetry. She has
received numerous honors throughout her career, including: induction
into the Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame; named Distinguished
Professor at the University of Northern Iowa; and given the National
Council of Teachers of English Image Award.
Her poem, "Lyric: I am Looking at Music," from one of her four volumes
of poetry, Girl at the Window, was read aloud by actress Nia Long in
the 1997 motion picture, Love Jones.