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novelist , professor of English , poet

Hollis Summers, American writer, educator. Named Distinguished Professor of Year University Kentucky College Arts and Sciences, 1959, Distinguished Professor Ohio University, 1964; recipient Poetry award Sat. Review, 1959; Ohio Arts Council award 1976; National Endowment for Arts fellow, 1974; grantee, 1975.


Summers, Hollis was born on June 21, 1916 in Eminence, Kentucky, United States. Son of Hollis S. and Hazel (Holmes) Summers.


AB, Georgetown College, 1937. Doctor of Letters, Georgetown College, 1965. Master of Arts, Middlebury College, 1943.

Doctor of Philosophy, State University Iowa, 1949.


Instructor writing Georgetown (Kentucky) College, 1944-1949, University Kentucky, Lexington, 1940-1959, Ohio University, Athens, 1959-1987. Member staff Writers Conferences, Bread Loaf, Vermont, Antioch, Ohio, Morehead, Kentucky, Grinnel, Iowa, others. Adviser Conference on Writers in American, Ford Foundation, 1958.

Lecturer arts program Association American Colleges, 1958-1963. Danforth lecturer, 1963-1966, 71. Fulbright lecturer University Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1978.

Member Ohio Council for Humanities.



Married Laura Clarke, June 30, 1943. Children– Hollis III, David Clarke.

Hollis S. Summers

Hazel (Holmes) Summers

Laura Clarke

Hollis III Summers

David Clarke Summers