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Bennie Lee Sinclair

Southern Appalachian Writers Collection

M2005.05.01-04


 

Title Bennie Lee Sinclair
Creator Southern Highlands Research Center
Alt. Creator D. H. Ramsey Library
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/mss/southern_appalachian_writers/sinclair_bennie_lee/sinclair_bennie_lee.htm
Subject
Keyword
Bennie Lee Sinclair; Southern Appalachian Writers ; Appalachia
Subject
LCSH
Sinclair, Bennie Lee
American literature -- Appalachian Region, Southern -- History and criticism
American literature -- Appalachian Mountains -- History and criticism
Appalachians (People) in literature
Appalachian Region, Southern -- Description and travel
Description The collection contains letters of correspondence, ephemera, a photograph, and anecdotal information on the writer.  These materials were gathered as part of an exhibition of Southern Appalachian Writers held at UNCA in the early 1980's and sponsored by D. H. Ramsey Library and the Southern Highlands Research Center.
Publisher D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Contributor Annette Hatley ; Matthew Farrell
Date 2005-08-23
Type Collection ; text ; audio
Format 1 folder ; text ; cassette tape
Source M2005.05.02-8
Language English
Relation The Heritage of Western North Carolina, D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 
Coverage 1900's - present ; North Carolina
Rights Any display, publication, or public use must credit the D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.  Some materials in collections are electronic rights only. Please ask for assistance from Special Collections staff.
Donor 240
Acquisition  2004-03-
Citation Bennie Lee Sinclair Southern Appalachian Writers Collection, D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Processed by Special Collections staff,  2005
Last update 2008-09-17, 2011-04-21
Statement on writing "i write because of the incurable disease 'cacoethis scribindi' -- the insatiable urge to write...To me, writing is a continuous adventure in uncharted land.  Sometimes the terrain is gently rolling, the going easy.  Sometimes there are mountains to climb an crevices to avoid.  Sometimes there are murky swamps and bogs.  I start out with an idea, the hull, perhaps, of a poem or story.  It usually takes a long time to get where I'm going, since there are no paths.  i have no compass but a good intuitive eye for geography, a sense of direction honed by years of study and exploration: a mission."
Biography
Bennie Lee Sinclair was born in Greenville South Carolina. She met Don Lewis while attending Furman University and they were married in 1958. In 1986 she was appointed to be South Carolina's 5th Poet Laureate, a position she held until her untimely death in 2000.
Bibliography BOOKS BY
1978 Little Chicago Suite
Wildernesse Books,; 2d ed. edition (January 1, 1978)

The arrowhead scholar
Wildernesse Books; 1st Edition edition (1978)

1980 The Fine Arts Center Story
School District of Greenville County (January 1, 1980)
1990 Lord of Springs: Poems
Rowan Mountain Pr (March 1990)
1991 Appalachian Trilogy
Appalachian Center for Poets & Writers Press (1991)
1992 The Lynching
Walker & Company; First Edition edition (February 1992)

The endangered: New and selected poems
Ninety-Six Press (1992)