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Ann Russell Darr, American poet, educator. Recipient Bunting fellowship Radcliffe College, 1979-1980, Discovery 70 award Poetry Center, New York City, 1970, Yaddo fellowship Yaddo, 1979, 86, MacDowell fellowship MacDowell Foundation, 1979.


Darr, Ann Russell was born on March 13, 1920 in Bagley, Iowa, United States. Daughter of Henry Horton and Lessie Rebecca (Hooper) Russell.


Born in Bagley, Iowa she studied at the University of Iowa before her career as a writer and broadcaster on the NBC Radio program The Women of Tomorrow.


Writer/actor, NBC Radio, New York City, 1941-1943, 45-46;tape recordings for blind, Library. of Congress, Washington, 1950-1960;instructor creative writing, Poets in the Schools, Maryland., Virginia and District of Columbia, 1970-1980, 92-93;co-director workshop, Nethers (Virginia) Arts Colony, 1979;poet/director, Georgetown University, Washington, summer 1977-1978;poet, The Writers Center, Bethesda, Maryland., since 1981; Adjunct Professor department literature, American U., Washington, since 1982. Fine arts seminar poet Montgomery (Alabama) Seminars, summer 1975. Poet-in-residence Columbia (South Carolina.) College, spring 1975, 76, American Wind Symphony aboard Point Counterpoint II, United States, 1976, 86, Jamaica, 1981, Europe, 1989, Eckard College, St. Petersburg, Florida, spring 1977.

Workshop poet St. Mary's (Maryland.) College, spring 1981, 82, 94, 95, 98, 99. Judge for poetry Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1977, National Endowment for Arts, Washington, 1979, Radcliff College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1980, New England Poetry Society, Boston, 1981. Member literature panel National Endowment for Arts, 1979-1980.

Member of advisory committee Folger Library. Poetry Series, Washington, 1974-1996.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: St. Ann's Gut, 1971, The Myth of a Woman's Fist, 1973, Cleared for Landing, 1978, Riding with the Fireworks, 1981, Do You Take This Woman., 1986 (Public award 1986), The Twelve Pound Cigarette, 1991, Confessions of a Skewed Romantic, 1993, Flying the Zuni Mountains, 1994, Gussie, Mad Hannah & Me, 1999, Love In the Past Tense, 2000. Editor: Hungry As We Are, 1995.

      Author numerous poems, 1961-1999. Translator (with others) Reading the Ashes, 1978, (with others) After the First Rain, 1997. Featured poet National Museum Radio and television, 1997.


Member election committee Somerset (Maryland) Town Board, 1975-1979. Volunteer Arena Stage, Washington, 1949-1952. With United States Army Airforce (Women's Airforce Service pilot), 1943-1944, World War World War II.

Member White House Conference for Poets, Poetry Society of America, Academy American Poets, Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta Phi Eta.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: flying, traveling, acting, reading, collecting birds.


Married George Campbell Darr, November 7, 1941 (divorced March 1981). Children: Elizabeth Russell, Deborah Horton, Shannon Campbell.

Henry Horton Russell

Lessie Rebecca (Hooper) Russell

George Campbell Darr

Elizabeth Russell Darr

Deborah Horton Darr

Shannon Campbell Darr