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First woman poet laureate dies


On this day in 1958, Aline Triplette Michaelis, the first woman to be named poet laureate of Texas, died in Beaumont. Triplette was born in St. Louis in 1885. She was educated in St. Louis and Kansas City, and her early poems were published by the Kansas City Star. After marriage to F. G. Michaelis, she lived in Austin for several years before moving to Beaumont in 1919, where she worked as a staff member of the Beaumont Enterprise. Writing under her own name and the pen name Susan Arnold Taylor, she published more than ten thousand poems. Her poem "Courage" was distributed to servicemen with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. Her column "The Rhyming Optimist" was carried by King Features for some sixteen years and reached well over three million daily readers. Many of her poems dealt with nature; her work was characterized by its optimism. She published a volume of her verse, Courage and Other Poems, in 1931. She served as poet laureate of Texas from 1934 to 1936.

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