The Works of Jayne Pupek

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Jayne Pupek is the author of the novel "Tomato Girl" (Algonquin Books, 2008) and a book of poems titled "Forms of Intercession" (Mayapple Press, 2008). Her writing has appeared in numerous literary journals. In addition to her own writing, Jayne freelances as a ghostwriter, editor and mentor. A Virginia native, Jayne has spent most of her professional life working in the field of mental health.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Virginian Poet Anne Spencer’s Works Turned over to UVa

Anne Spencer is considered one of the most important voices of the Harlem Renaissance literary period, from 1925-1935

“She kept everything she wrote,” said Ann Spencer, widow of Anne Spencer’s son Chauncey, “not because she thought it was all important, but because she just didn’t throw anything away. She used the back stairs of the house as her filing system, and after she died, we could hardly get up them.

“She would even make corrections in books she was reading if she thought something was wrong.”

Such packrats are like gifts from God for historians.

As UVa employees hauled the boxes out to a white college truck, sweating even at 9:30 a.m., Ann Spencer said: “It’s a little sad to see them go, but I understand.”

Her daughter, Shaun Hester, felt the same way.

“It’s bittersweet,” said Hester, who recently moved back from Washington, D.C., to live with her mother in the family home across the street from 1313 Pierce. “I used to enjoy looking through that stuff myself. There’s magazines, stuff written on envelopes, letters, papers from my father.”

Read the complete article in the Lynchburg News and Advance.