Born on July 19, 1916 in Philadelphia, poet Eve Merriam was also a playwright, director, and lecturer. She attended Cornell, the Universities of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and Columbia.
Her first book was Family Circle, published in 1946. It was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets by Archibald MacLeish. Her book Inner City Mother Goose was the basis for a 1971 Broadway musical and Merriam called it “just about the most banned book in the country.”
She had a radio program about poetry and taught at City College in New York City. Eve Merriam died in 1992.