Thad Stem, Jr.

Poet from United States of America

Thaddeus Stem, Jr. (1916–1980) of Oxford, North Carolina was a poet, author and newspaper columnist. His work frequently appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer and The Pilot (Southern Pines, N.C.). He also wrote or co-wrote 16 books. The major works including: The Animal Fair (1960), Entries from Oxford (1971), Senator Sam Ervin's Best Stories (1973), and Thad Stem's Ark (1979). He was honored with the North Carolina Award for Literature in 1974. for Literature in 1974. Many contemporary audiences know Stem as a character featured in Timothy B. Tyson's memoir Blood Done Sign My Name. Stem lived all of his life in the house where he was born in Oxford, North Carolina. He went to school at Duke University, but left during his fourth year several credits away from earning his degree. Stem spent his early years working a variety of jobs until he served in the Army during World War II. He began writing poetry in about 1944, and in 1945, nine of his poems were published in Lyric, a literary magazine in Roanoke, Virginia. He continued to write sporadically for the next few years until his marriage in 1947. Between 1949 and 1950, Stem published a lot of work, including: two collections  ( Wikipedia article )


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