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Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel
Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel

Introduction

Born December 22, 1918, in Lincoln County, Oklahoma, she was the fourth child of Benjamin and Anna McDaniel.  Wilma spent her formative years in Creek County, attending schools at Green Ridge and Depew.  Around 1936 her sharecropper father moved the family to California. Although McDaniel began writing as a child, she waited until midlife to seek publication.  Subsequently, she published over fifty books of poetry and stories. McDaniel deeply loved Oklahoma and her adopted state of California.  She continued to write about Oklahoma places and people throughout her lifetime, and she corresponded regularly with many Oklahomans. In California, she was dubbed “The Okie Poet” and was named Tulare Poet Laureate. She passed away April 13, 2007 and was laid to rest in Tulare, California.

This website is created to honor and preserve the legacy of Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel and facilitate research over her life and writing.

Video titled: Video excerpt from Down an Old Road: The Poetic Life of Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel

Video excerpt from Down an Old Road: The Poetic Life of Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel