Poet; teacher. Born– March 19, 1899, Leeds. Parents– James Barnett Collier and Ida Vann Elliott. Married– Holger W. Andersen. Children– One. Education– George Peabody College, B.S., M.A., 1936. Public school teacher in Birmingham, 1918-1920, 1924-1933, and 1935-1937; assistant director of curriculum in Birmingham Public Schools, 1935-1937; taught at Arkansas State University; Pan American College. Co-founder of the Poetry Society of Tennessee and the first poet laureate of that organization. ┬áMember of the World Poetry Society, the National League of Pen Women, the Tennessee Woman’s Press and Authors Club, the Alabama State Poetry Society and many other organizations. Honors– Winner of several honors and prizes including the grand prize of the Alabama Writers Conclave in 1978; named a colonel aide-de-camp to Governor Lamar Alexander of Tennessee in 1980. 1975 Poet of the Year, Alabama State Poetry Society. Died March 1989.


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Never Send to Know. Kingsport, Tenn.; Author, 1962.

The Poetry Society of Tennessee, 1953-1969; a History. Memphis, Tenn.; Green Light Publications, 1970.