Besmilr Brigham

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Besmilr Brigham (born Bess Miller Moore; September 28, 1913 – September 30, 2000)[1] was an American poet. She also wrote short stories.

Brigham was born Bess Miller Moore in Pace, Mississippi. She graduated from Mary Hardin-Baylor College (now University of Mary Hardin–Baylor) in Belton, Texas. After that, she studied at the New School for Social Research in New York. In New York she met Roy Brigham. Then she married him.

According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, "She came to prominence during the women’s movement of the 1960s, and her work is noted for its innovative structure, sound, and rhythm."[2]

Brigham is also known as Besmilr Moore Brigham. The Besmilr Women Writers Award is named after her.[3]

Works[change | change source]

  • 1969. Agony dance: death of the dancing dolls (poetry)
  • 2000. Run through rock: selected short poems of Besmilr Brigham (C. D. Wright, ed.)
  • 1971. Heaved from the earth. (poetry)

For further reading[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936–2007
  2. "besmilr moore brigham (1913–2000)". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  3. "Besmilir Brigham Women Writers Award". Lost Roads. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2016.