He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and Princeton
In the late 1890s he settled in Greenwich Village, in New
York City, working as a librarian and becoming part of a circle of poets that
included E. A. Robinson, William Vaughn Moody, and Robert Frost.
Edmund Clarence Stedman helped him revise.
He was the fiction editor at Cosmopolitan
1905 to 1907.
The verse plays, showing the influence of John Millington
Synge, showed realistic portrayals of African Americans, and a revolt
against their station in society.
He was poetry editor of New Republic
He also organized the National Survey of the Negro Theater
(1939), for the Rockefeller Foundation.
His papers are held at Princeton.
He was awarded the Shelley Memorial Award and an Academy of
American Poets' Fellowship.
He wrote three books of poetry, three plays, a book of
non-fiction, as well as an edited collection.
His work was included in Louis Untermeyer’s 1941 edition of
Modern American Poetry and Jessie B. Rittenhouse’s 1917 edition of The Little
Book of Modern Verse.
He was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets at the
time of his death.
Who is Ridgely Torrence?