Dolores Kendrick

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Dolores Kendrick
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Born(1927-09-07)September 7, 1927
Washington, D.C.
DiedNovember 7, 2017(2017-11-07) (aged 90)
Washington, D.C.
OccupationPoet Laureate of the District of Columbia
Notable worksThe Women of Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women

Dolores Kendrick (September 7, 1927 – November 7, 2017) was an American poet, and served as the second Poet Laureate of the District of Columbia.[1][2] Her book The Women of Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women won the Anisfield-Wolfe Award.[3]


Kendrick was a Vira I. Heinz Professor Emerita at Phillips Exeter Academy.[4]

She adapted The Women of Plums for the theater, which won the 1997 New York New Playwrights Award.[5]

She adapted The Women of Plums into a CD, The Color of Dusk, with Wall Matthews and Aleta Greene.[6]

Kendrick died at her Washington, D.C. home on November 7, 2017, aged 90, from complications of cancer.[7]


  • Through the Ceiling, Paul Breman Limited, 1975
  • Now Is the Thing to Praise, Lotus Press, 1984, ISBN 978-0-916418-54-0
  • The Women of Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women, Phillips Exeter Academy Press, 1990, ISBN 978-0-939618-08-8
  • Why the woman is singing on the corner: a verse narrative, Peter E. Randall Publisher, 2001, ISBN 978-1-931807-00-5


  1. ^ "Dolores Kendrick", Smithsonian, Annacostia Community Museum,; accessed November 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "Office of the Poet Laureate". Archived from the original on 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  3. ^ The 78th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards,; accessed November 11, 2017.
  4. ^ Dolores Kendrick page,; accessed November 11, 2017.
  5. ^ Dolores Kendrick biography,; accessed November 11, 2017.
  6. ^ "Poetry by Dolores Kendrick, Washington, D.C. Why the Woman is Singing on the Corner, Peter E. Randall Publisher, Book Publishing, New England Local and Town History". Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  7. ^ Smith, Harrison (9 November 2017). "Dolores Kendrick, Washington's 'first lady of poetry,' dies at 90". Retrieved 12 November 2017.

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