Social worker, teacher, poet. Born– June 5, 1911, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Parents– Samuel and Annie Laurie Longshore Friedman. Married– William Blackshear, April 21, 1934. Children– Three. Education– Agnes Scott College, B.A., 1931; University of Alabama, M.A., 1932. Visitor for the Alabama Child Welfare Department in Montgomery, 1934-36; supervisor for the Tuscaloosa County Recreation Department, 1937-39; English teacher in Montgomery, 1942-45, 1956-73. Member of the Alabama State Poetry Society, Creative Writers of Montgomery, and Alabama Writers Conclave. Alabama State Poetry Society Poet of the Year, 1982. Poet Laureate Of Alabama, 1995-1999.  Died November 11, 2003.


Contemporary Authors online


Alabama Album: Collected Poems.  Black Belt Press, 1996.

Along Alabama Roads. Wells Printing, 1983.

The Creek Captives and Other Alabama Stories. Montgomery, Ala.; John M. Patterson Technical College, 1975.

Montgomery:  Andrew Dexter’s Dream City.  Montgomery, 1996.

Mother Was a Rebel. Montgomery, Ala.; Adams Press, 1973.

Random Runes (Poems). Montgomery, Ala.; s.n., 1975.

Robert Loveman; Belated Romanticist. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1932.

Silver Songs. Montgomery: Court Street Press, 2001.

Southern Smorgasbord.  Wells Printing, 1982.

Tuscaloosa Sketches. Montgomery, Ala.; Parker Advertising Co., 1967.

With a Quiet Eye.  Montgomery, 1967.


These I Would Keep: Selected Poems by the Poets Laureate of Alabama.  NewSouth Press, 2000.