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Louise McNeill Pease

Louise McNeill Pease

Louise McNeill Pease (1911-1993) was a historian, poet, and essayist born in Buckeye, West Virginia. After writing her first poem at the age of 16, she made a promise to herself to be a poet for the rest of her life. A passionate scholar, she attended Concord College (University), Miami University, West Virginia University (WVU), Middlebury College, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop before going on to teach English at various colleges and universities for the next 30 years.

McNeill was named West Virginia’s poet laureate in 1979; WVU inducted her into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni and awarded her a Doctorate in the Humanities in 1989. She had many pieces published throughout the years, including Mountain White, The Milkweed Ladies, and Gauley Mountain.

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