Wilkinson, Marguerite, 1883-1928
- Existence: 1883 - 1928
Marguerite Ogden Bigelow was born in 1883 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Nathan Kellogg Bigelow and Gertrude (Holmes) Bigelow. Her family moved to Evanston, Illinois, when she was young. She began writing poetry while attending Northwestern University, and served as a member of the university’s magazine board and editor of the annual issue of The Northwestern. She married fellow student James G. Wilkinson in 1909 and they moved first to California and in 1916 to New Rochelle, New York.
While living in New York, she wrote several volumes of poetry, including In Vivid Gardens (1911), By a Western Wayside (1912), and Citadels (1928). She compiled some poetry anthologies, including New Voices (1919) and was editor of the poetry page in the Los Angeles Graphic and the New York monthly Books and Authors. She became poetry reviewer for The New York Times Book Review as well as Poetry magazine, and frequently lectured on modern poetry at schools, library associations, and women’s clubs.
Marguerite Wilkinson drowned while swimming at Coney Island, New York on January 12, 1928.