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Lawyers and Poetry

Edward Gay Hill

(1883- )

"Born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Hill came to Kentucky with his parents in 1899. Educated at the University of Louisville, Hill was a noted lawyer, orator and political campaigner throughout the Commonwealth. Known mostly for his poetic contributions to magazines and general press, Hill also published one volume of poems, The House of Aegeus and Other Verse. Hill was designated by a joint resolution by the state legislature as poet laureate in 1928." [Source: Kentucky's Poet Laureates, Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives] [For a more extensive bio, see William Elsey Connelley & E.M. Coulter, History of Kentucky 77 (Chicago: Am. Historical Soc'y, 1922)

Note: Two other Kentucky Poet Laureates were lawyers: J.T. 'Cotton' Noe (1926) and Richard Taylor (1999)


Edward G. Hill, The House of Aegeus and Other Verse (Louisville, Kentucky: Standard Print. Co., 1920) [online text]

___________, The Shadow Voice (Louisville, Kentucky: The Standard Printing Co., 1928)

Research Resource

Betty J. Sparks, Poets Laureate of Kentucky (Nicholasville, Kentucky: Wind Publications, 2004)