Lee Meitzen Grue

Lee Grue

Title: Poet, Consultant

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Lee Meitzen Grue, Poet and Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in creative arts.

Mrs. Grue’s mother and father traveled and because of that she spent a lot of time with grandparents, aunts and uncles. Her two aunts in Texas were wonderful, intelligent, people, but because they did not have college education they were keen on stressing that to Mrs. Grue. As a child, Mrs. Grue went with her piano teacher to see her first piano quartet in Beaumont, Texas. The music left her inspired, and she wrote a poem called On Hearing the First Piano Quartet.  She submitted the poem to her teacher Mrs. Fanlin who in turn entered it into a national contest where I won a national prize. Her aunts were so excited they bought her the book The Golden Treasury by Louis Undermyer. The book featured many female poets which in turn inspired Mrs. Grue to pursue a career as a poet.

Mrs. Grue continued to pursue a career as a poet by first attending the University of New Orleans, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1963. She later received a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from Warren Wilson College in 1982. From 1972 to 1980, she was the director of the New Orleans Poetry Forum, an organization she founded. The Poetry Forum was important because it focused on putting a spotlight on female writers.  When she started writing, female poets were not well-known and it was a great platform to help marginalized voices become heard.

In such a long and profound career, Mrs. Grue has published and edited many works, including French Quarter Poems, In the Sweet Balance of the Flesh, Goodbye, Silver, Silver Cloud and Mending for Memories. She also edited World Poet. In 1994, she received the Poetry and Short Story Award from the Deep South Writer Association. She has also received a Syndicated Fiction Award from PEN and a fellow residency in Ledig House. In the 1984-1985 year, she received a grant from the National Education Association. In 2005, she was welcomed as a visiting scholar of the Newcomb Center Research on Women. She has also been an editor of the New Laurel Review and a visiting writer at Tulane University.

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