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Eugenia W. Collier

Collier is a native of Baltimore, MD. She was born in 1928. She is both a writer and a critic.  Her father was a physican and her mother was a teacher. Collier graduated with high honors from Howard University in Washington DC in 1948. She earned her master of arts from Columbia University in 1950. She taught English at colleges and universities in the Baltimore and Washington area. She retired from teaching in 1996. Her work is inspired from her love of African American literature, drama, and culture.

Marigolds was one of her first stories. "Marigolds" won the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for Fiction in 1969. Collier says that the source of her creativity is "the richness, the diversity, the beauty of my black heritage."