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Mary Ernestine O'Dell Edit Profile

Editor , writer , poet

Mary Ernestine O'Dell, American poet, editor, writer. Grantee Kentucky Foundation for Women, 1999, Kentucky Arts Council, 1999; Mary Anderson Center scholar Kentucky Foundation for Women, 1999. Member Kentucky Poetry Society (president 1987), Kentucky Writers Coalition (board directors since 1986), Appalachian Writers Association, Green River Writers (founder, president since 1984). Delta Kappa Gamma.

Background

O'Dell, Mary Ernestine was born on September 8, 1935 in Beckley, West Virginia, United States. Daughter of Ernest Forbis and Doris Mary (Truman) Houck.

Education

Bachelor, Transylvania University, 1957. Master of Arts, Western Kentucky University, 1976. Postgraduate, Western Kentucky University, 1978.

Career

Elementary teacher LaRue County Public Schools, Hodgenville, Kentucky, 1959-1986. Editor Grex Press, Louisville, since 1986.

Works

  • book

  • Other Work

    • Author: (poetry) Homefolks, 1983, Blue Air and Wheels, 1984, Bridesongs, 1989, Poems for the Man Who Weighs Light, 1999, Living in the Body, 2002, A Dangerous Man, 2003.

Membership

Member Kentucky Poetry Society (president 1987), Kentucky Writers Coalition (board directors since 1986), Appalachian Writers Association, Green River Writers (founder, president since 1984). Delta Kappa Gamma.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Reading, swimming.

Connections

Married Daniel Moss Beam, February 22, 1958 (divorced May 1994). Children: Robert Duke, Dorothy Karen Beam Cecil. Married James Roger O'Dell, August 30, 1986 (deceased July 1996).

father:
Ernest Forbis Houck

mother:
Doris Mary (Truman) Houck

spouses:
Daniel Moss Beam

James Roger O'Dell

children:
Robert Duke O'Dell

Dorothy Karen Beam Cecil O'Dell