Annette Cornell (December 8, 1897, Knoxville TN – July 9, 1986, Cincinnati, OH)

Cornell first published a poem at the age of 15. She began her college education at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville but completed and obtained her degree from the University of Cincinnati. She married after World War I to Dr. Josiah H. Cornell Sr. and they had four children whom they raised in the Ft. Mitchell home. Cornell worked as a librarian at the East End Library in Cincinnati where she was inspired to write once more. Once Cornell began her writing she was never without a literary project. During the Great Depression of the 1930’s, Cornell hosted a show on the WLW radio station reading poetry. For her poetry, which was noted for its use of language and metrical arrangement, She won a Best writer award from the National Society of American Pen Women and was offered the title of Poet Laureate of Ohio which she refused on the grounds that she was “a Kentucky lady.” During the 1940s she wrote regional society news for the Kentucky Post while she also edited and published a quarterly magazine of poetry. Cornell died at the age of 88 in Cincinnati and was buried in Highland Cemetery in Ft. Mitchell.


“Annette Cornell, 88, Poet, Writer,” Kentucky Post, July 10, 1986, 2C.

“Girl Writer Gets First Interview with a Poet and Her Notions are Upset,” Kentucky Post, December 25, 1928, 1.

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