November 19, 1911
Poet and author Mary Counselman was born in Birmingham on this day in 1911. A graduate of Alabama College (which later became the University of Montevallo,) Counselman worked for a time as a reporter at The Birmingham News. She had dozens of short stories published in science fiction and horror anthologies, and in “pulp fiction” magazines such as Weird Tales, and in more mainstream outlets like The Saturday Evening Post. In 1981, she was recognized with the Phoenix Award for lifetime achievement as a Southern fantasy writer. She died in 1995.
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