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Helen G. Reed, American poet. Recipient "Best of the Best" award, Chicago Poets and Patrons, 1990.


Reed, Helen G. was born on November 21, 1923 in South Bend, Indiana, United States. Daughter of Herman F. and Hulda A. (Kinas) Glaser.


Bachelor of Science magna cum laude, Kalamazoo College, 1946. Pre-medical, University Chicago, 1944—1945.


Executive director, clinic administrator Saint Joseph County Mental Health Association, South Bend, Indiana, 1957—1967. Program director Chicago Mental Health Association, 1967—1970. Executive director Evanston (Illinois) Mental Health Association, 1970—1980.

1st chairwoman United Way Community Council, South Bend, 1965—1966. Board directors National Mental Health Staff Council, New York City, 1962—1967. Member faculty National Mental Health Staff Council In-service Training Institutes, 1967—1969.

1st chairwoman Mental Health Consortium, Evanston, 1969—1970, Staff Council Training Institute, Chicago, 1970. Consultant, supervisor Chicago Visiting Nurses Association, Chicago Junior League, University Wisconsin Management Seminar, University Chicago Social Services Students, etc., Evanston and Chicago, 1970—1980. Judge Northwest Cultural Council Poetry Competition, 2006.


  • Other Work

    • Author (poetry): Pulling Up the Dawn, 1992 (Goodman Prize, 1992). Contributor poems to magazines (Edwin Davin Vickers prize, 1993). Author (poetry): Riding the Bubbles Down, 1994 (American Chapbook prize, 1994, nominate for Pulitzer prize for literature, 1994, Whetstone Poetry prize, 1994, Atlanta Review International Merit award, 1996, Willow Review Poetry prize, 2002).


Member volunteer Junior League, South Bend, 1953—1967, Chicago, 1967—1970, junior league, Chicago-North Shore, 1970—1980. Parent representative Kalamazoo College freshmen, 1964—1965. Member of Poetry Center Chicago, National League American Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association Women (Librarian, Poetry Contest Chair 2003), Academy American Poets (associate).


  • Other Interests

    Birdwatching, gardening, reading, travel, antiques.


Married Arthur L. Reed. Children: Michael, James.

Herman F. Glaser

Hulda A. (Kinas) Glaser

Arthur L. Reed

Michael Reed

James Reed