South Carolina Connection
Bennie Lee Sinclair was born in Greenville, South Carolina and server as Poet Laureate from 1986-2000.
Bennie Lee Sinclair was born in Greenville, South Carolina, on April 15, 1939. Her career reflects her commitment to poetry and creative writing. She was a poet-in-the-schools for South Carolina from 1972 until 1974 in a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Sinclair taught creative writing at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, from 1977 until 1980. She also served as a writer-in-residence in the Fine Arts Center in Greenville from 1979 until 1980. On May 22, 2000, Sinclar died of an apparent heart attack. Before her death, she conducted many poetry readings at various colleges and universities.