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BOSWELL, MARGIE BELLE

BOSWELL, MARGIE BELLE (1875–1963). Margie Belle Boswell, poet, was born in Pueblo, Colorado, on June 20, 1875, the daughter of A. G. and Mary Isabel (Whiteside) Huffmaster, who moved to Texas when she was an infant. She studied at Parker Institute, Whitt, Texas, from 1889 to 1892, then taught in the Fort Worth public schools until 1897, when she married W. E. Boswell. They had eleven children. Mrs. Boswell conducted a poetry program over Station KFJZ in Fort Worth, taught verse technique, contributed poems to literary journals, and published eight books of poetry: The Mockingbird and Other Poems (1926), Scattered Leaves (1932), The Upward Way (1937), Wings Against the Dawn (1945), The Light Still Burns (1952), Starward (1956), Sunrise in the Valley (1959), and Selected Poems and Little Lines (1962). She wrote feature articles as well as verse and, beginning in 1937, contributed a column to the Fort Worth Press. She was president of the American Poetry League and a member of several poetry societies, including the Poetry Society of Texas. She won several poetry prizes and established the Boswell Poetry Prize at Texas Christian University. She was a member of the University Christian Church in Fort Worth. She died in Fort Worth on May 29, 1963, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery there.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Florence Elberta Barns, Texas Writers of Today (Dallas: Tardy, 1935). Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 30, 1963. Notable Women of the Southwest (Dallas: Tardy, 1938). Who's Who of American Women, 1958–59.
Sonja Fojtik

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