Bennie Lee Sinclair
1939 -2000

South Carolina ConnectionBennie Lee Sinclair

Bennie Lee Sinclair was born in Greenville, South Carolina and server as Poet Laureate from 1986-2000.

Selected Bibliography

  • Little Chicago Suite, 1978
  • Taproots: A Study in Cultural Exploration, Editor 1975
  • The Arrowhead Scholar, 1978
  • The Fine Arts Center Story: A Living History, Editor 1980
  • South Carolina's International Greenville: A Guide, With Linda Shirley Robertson and Lori Storie-Pahlitzsch 1982
  • The Endangered: New and Selected Poems, 1992
  • The Lynching, 1992

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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.

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  • Stephen Vincent Benet Award for narrative poem, 1970
  • Best American Short Stories, 1972
  • Excellence in Writing Award in poetry, Winthrop College, 1978
  • South Carolina Review poetry award, 1972

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South Carolina Arts Commission - This site includes biographical information as well as some poetry.

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