Dolores Kendrick was born in Washington, D.C., in 1927. She is the author of four collections of poetry, including Now is the Thing to Praise (1984); The Women of Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women (1989), which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; and Why the Woman is Singing on the Corner: A Verse Narrative (2001). Kendrick received fellowships from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Foundation, as well as an induction into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent at Chicago State. She was an educator, teaching first in D.C. public schools for many years, and then moving on to Phillips Exeter Academy. Kendrick was appointed poet laureate of Washington, D.C., in 2000, and served until her death in 2017.
Audio Recordings with Dolores Kendrick
- Dolores Kendrick reading her poems with comment in the Recording Laboratory, Nov. 16, 1977