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Josephine Jacobsen

Josephine Jacobsen, Canadian author. Recipient MacDowell Colony fellow; Yaddo fellow; American Academy Poets fellow, 1987; recipient Shelly Memorial award for life work PSA, 1993.


  • Jacobsen, Josephine was born on August 19, 1908 in Coburg, Ontario, Canada. Daughter of Joseph Edward and Octavis (Winder) Boylan.

  • Education

    • Graduate, Roland Park Country School, 1926. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), College Notre Dame Maryland, 1974. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Goucher College, 1974.

      Master of Divinity. (honorary), St. Mary's Seminary College, 1988. Degree (honorary), Johns Hopkins University, 1993.


    • Critic; short story writer. Lecturer; poetry consultant Library of Congress, 1971-1973, honorary consultant in American letters, 1973-1979. Vice president PSA, 1979-1980.



    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Member literature panel National Endowment for Arts, 1980-1984. Member American Academy Arts and Letters (Service to Literature award 1982, Lenore Marshall award for best book of poetry public in the United States in 1987, 1988), Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association (nominee Faulkner award for fiction 1990).


    • Married Eric Jacobsen, March 17, 1932. 1 son, Erlend Ericsen.
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    Born August 19, 1908
    Died July 9, 2003
    (aged 94)
    • 1926
      Roland Park Country School
    • 1974
      College Notre Dame Maryland
    • 1974
      Goucher College
    • 1988
      St. Mary's Seminary College
    • 1993
      Johns Hopkins University