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Louise Driscoll (January 15, 1875 - July 24, 1957) was an American poet. She was a member of the Poetry Society American. The editors of Poetry, Harriet Monroe and Alice Corbin Henderson included in their 1917 selection for The New Poetry: An Anthology poems by Louise Driscoll. According to Adrienne Munich and Melissa Bradshaw, authors of Amy Lowell, American Modern, what connects these poets is their appartenance to the queer sisterhood.

Louise Driscoll was born in 1875 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York, the daughter of John Leonard Driscoll (1837–1941) and Louise Dezendorf (1839–1903). She was educated by private teachers and in the public schools of Catskill, New York. Driscoll first attracted attention with a poem about World War One, titled “Metal Checks,” which received a prize of one hundred dollars from “Poetry: A Magazine of Verse,” after being chosen as the best poem about the war, beating out contributions by Richard Aldington, Amy Lowell, Carl Sandburg, and Wallace Stevens.[1] . The poem emphasized the heavy human cost of war that was far from the minds of young women, who were presenting young men with white feathers and encouraging them to enlist at the time. In 1917, her play titled, “The Poor House” was published in “The Drama” magazine. She had two collections of her poems published in book form: “The Garden of the West” (1922) and “Garden Grace” (1924). She contributed verses and stories to “Poetry Magazine,” with approximately thirteen submissions between 1913 and 1929. She was also a contributor to “Harper’s Magazine.”

Louise Driscoll lived most of her adult life in Catskill, Greene County, New York, where she worked as the head librarian at the public library. She was Presbyterian by faith. Louise Driscoll passed on at about 82 years of age in 1957.

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