Saturday, May 18, 2013

Poet Bettie M. Sellers 1926-2013

Poet Laureate Bettie M. Sellers of Young Harris, Georgia died in Hayesville, NC on the evening of May 17, 2013.  A memorial service will be held in her honor at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20th at Sharp Memorial Methodist Church in Young Harris, GA.

Bettie M. Sellers was named Author of the Year in 1979 by the Dixie Council of Authors and JournalistsShe received the Governor's Award in the Humanities in 1987 and in 1992 was named Poet of the Year by the American Pen Women. In 1997 Governor Zell Miller named Sellers as the poet laureate of Georgia, a position she held for three years. In 2003 she received the Stanley W. Lindberg Award (named for longtime Georgia Review editor Stanley Lindberg), which recognizes outstanding contributions to Georgia's literary culture. The Georgia Writers Association gave Sellers a lifetime achievement award in 2004.

More About Bettie M. Sellers: Search this site: Bettie M. Sellers was featured as Poet of the Month March 1, 2009 during her birth month. Also search for The Poet Looks Up, Three Poems  on this site.
"The Ruby Glass Spoonholder" a laureate poem by Bettie M. Sellers on this site. 

  Books by Bettie M. Sellers: Westward From Bald Mountain, Spring Onions and Cornbread (1978), Liza'a Monday and Other Poems (1986),Wild Ginger (1989), Reprinted  (2006),  and Morning of the Red Tailed Hawk (1987).


Maren O. Mitchell said...

Nancy, what a lady, and what a friend to so many writers. She will be missed.

stan anderson said...

Ironically I was driving through Hiawassee this past friday and noticed all the wild daisies that grow so abundantly. I had to smile. When I was Editor of the YHC Yearbook in 1973, we dedicated the yearbook to Bettie and at the college dedication we gave her a chamber pot filled with daisies that we had picked by earlier that day. I'll remember her smile forever. She lives on in all her students and friends who hold her memory and poetry so dear.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

This is a lovely tribute to Dr. Bettie Sellers. We will all miss her. She was an outstanding poet, friend, and brilliant person. She influenced the lives of many students.