George Elliston (1883, Mount Sterling, KY – October 7, 1946, Cincinnati OH)

The Elliston family moved to Covington when George was only a child. The young Elliston attended the Covington High School and, before she had even graduated, began writing for the Kentucky Times-Star on cooking and weddings. Her reports later expanded to murders and other crimes. It was said that Elliston “blazed new trails for women in journalism.” She lived most of her life in a log cabin in Morrow, OH while writing poetry in her spare time. Elliston bequeathed most of her estate to the University of Cincinnati which resulted in the George Elliston Poetry Fund. The purpose of which is to “establish, as far as practicable, a chair of poetry to encourage and promote the study and composition of poetry.” The fund continues its mission and sponsors a yearly poet-in-residence for the university. Additionally, UC’s Langsam Library has the Elliston Poetry Room which houses a collection of 20th-century poetry.

Works Available at KCPL

Cinderella Cargoes: Poems for Poets and Those who Love Poetry – (KR 811.52 E47c)

References

“George Elliston Times Star Writer and Poet Dies after Long Illness,” Cincinnati Enquirer, October 8, 1946, 16.
Noe, J.T.C. A Brief Anthology of Kentucky Poetry. Lexington: Univ. of Kentucky, Department of Univ. Extension, 1936.
Reis, Jim. “Noteworthy Lives,” Kentucky Post, November 29, 1993, 4k.

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