In Memoriam: Dolores Kendrick (1927-2017) Poet, Scholar and Educator; Poet Lauereate of the District of Columbia

Urban Heat Advisory would like to acknowledge and express our deepest sympathy on the passing of a literary icon and scholar, Ms. Dolores Kendrick (1927-2017). Appointed as the second Poet Laureate of the District of Columbia in 1999, Ms. Kendrick was detrimental in educating young and old minds alike through her literary gift. Her works include: “The Women of Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women”, “Through the Ceiling” and “Now is the Thing to Praise”. A native Washingtonian and DC public school teacher, she helped found the School Without Walls program. Among her many accomplishments, Dolores Kendrick is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Award, the George Kent Award for Literature, and inductee into the Chicago State University’s International Literary Hall of Fame amongst many more honors and achievements. Her poems touched the soul and her legacy will be forever cherished in our hearts. 





“Dolores Kendrick is one of the important writers of our times. Her work is careful, accessible, warmly aggressive. She is a passionate poet, but always manages control, avoiding sloppy emotion.”

                           -close friend and Pulitzer Prize winning author Gwendolyn Brooks (1999)



Dolores Kendrick (1927 – 2017)

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