She and her family moved often but she came to call the communities of New York City and New Jersey home. (www.answers.com) Miltona Mirkin Cade would later change her name to Toni Cade Bambara. The reason she changed her name? Atop the reason that many writers generally change their names from their birth names, Bambara adopted the name after she had run across her great-grandmother’s sketchbook, which had the name Bambara etched into it. (www.novelguide.com) She was a smart young woman, she graduated high school six months early, and she had a bright future ahead of her.
Joyce Carol Oates was born in Lockport, New York on June 16, 1938. She grew up on a farm with her parents. She developed an interest for books as a child, yet she had a really tough time increasing a love in books for reading and writing. In her early twenties she got her first typewriter which was given by her grandmother. By receiving ardent support from her parents, she wrote a lot throughout high school and college career.
Her success as a poet came about according to “Lucille Clifton” when “Clifton sent some of her poems to poet Robert Hayden, who showed them to poet Carolyn Kizer, who sent them, in turn, to the YW-YMHA Poetry Center in New York City. That year Clifton won the center's Discovery Award, presented annually to a promising but undiscovered poet, and Random House published Good Times, her first book of poems, which was subsequently cited by the New York Times as one of the ten best books of the year” (“Lucille”, par. 8). Her collection was accepted by critics and led to many other accomplishments and recognition to Clifton as a poet. To add on to her resume she after becomes a professor in different colleges teaching creative writing for more than fifteen years (“Lucille”, par.
My parents spent hours reading to him, and I listened,' she Ms. George and Titch--photo credit Patty Smiley says. 'We weren't a family that had a lot of money. We turned to the world of imagination.' At 7, George knew she wanted to write. She began turning out short stories in elementary school after her mother gave her an old '30s typewriter, and she wrote her first unpublished novel by the time she graduated from Holy Cross High School in Mountain View."
Cora taught Millay to write peotry when she was four and to play the piano at the age of seven (Gray 123). Millay first published a poem at age fourteen, it was published in St. Nicholes magazine, which was a children periodical that continued to publish her young works. Her writing kept improving as she wrote and edited for her school magazine at Camden High School. Millay was later encouraged by her mother to submit a poem called "Renascence"; Millay's poem was ranked at the top five in the contest. Millay, later entered Vassar College to pursue her talent.
was raised only by her mother, because her father died when she was only 18 months old. She loved going to school and was very involved in high school. C.B. was in the pep squad, school newspaper, and was the assistant editor her senior year of high school. After graduating from high school C.B.
Auden, Sarah’s brother is a musician, he lives in California with his wife and son. Sarah’s love for writing started when, she got a little manual typewriter on a little desk, she got this gift given to her at the age of eight or nine. Dessen went to Greensboro College but dropped out to, move to the University of North Carolina. After five and a half years of attending the University of North Carolina, Sarah received a degree in creative writing. Three years after graduating Dessen sold her first book That Summer.
Annie Sullivan was always at Helen’s side, so she also went to Radcliffe with Keller. Keller was always able to understand the lectures, as Annie’s fingers translated the lecture so Keller could understand what the lecturer was saying. Helen graduated with honors from Radcliffe University in 1904. Keller had written a book during college called “The Story of My Life,” as one of her professors had suggested she should write a book-length autobiography. Keller took that idea and ran, creating her first book, “The Story of My Life”.
Sylvia Plath showed interest in writing at a very early age. Plath published her first poem when she was eight years old. Sylvia Plath continued writing and published numerous stories and poems before the age of twenty. After graduation in 1950, Plath received the Olive Higgins Prouty Scholarship from Smith College (Smithipedia). At the private college, Plath managed to excel in school and write over four hundred poems while suffering from depression (allpoetry).
Sylvia¡¯s first publication was a short poem in the ¡°Boston Sunday Herald¡± at the tender age of eight years (Malmsheimer 529). In junior high school, Plath decided that she wanted to be a writer. She stuck with that idea for the whole of her brief life. Plath graduated from Gamaliel Bradford High School in Wellesley, Massachusetts (Volkman 311). From there she went on to earn the Wellesley Smith Club Scholarship, the Neilson Scholarship, and the Olive Higgins Prouty Fund Scholarship.