AWARD-WINNING POET TURNER CASSITY DIES AT 80

Hailed as 'A national treasure', Cassity was famed for writing style, wit and humor

Published 08-12-2009

Turner Cassity, a nationally known, award-winning poet and a librarian at Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Library for 29 years, died July 26 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after a brief illness. He was 80 years old and actively wrote until his illness. Cassity was hailed as 'a national treasure' by Booklist contributor Ray Olson, and as 'perhaps the most brilliantly eccentric poet in America', by Dana Gioia, immediate past chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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