Special Collections and University Archives

The writings of spiritual author and poet, Roy Zell Kemp, are currently on display in the Hodges Reading Room at Jackson Library. Kemp, a Greensboro native, published thousands of poems in spiritual and inspirational publications, as well as five books solely of his own work. The exhibit will run through September 11, 2009.
Here is an example of one of Kemp’s earlier poems from October 1932:

  1. Incredible! At age 22, one of Uncle Roy's first published poems! (His poem "Fear" was published in the 1st volume of NC Poetry Review, 6-1934.) He cherished his beloved Grandmother Dorcus Cass Nicholson, affectionately known as "Ma Nicholson." She owned lg acreage N & S of Hwy 115 in Iredell & Wilkes Co, NC. Encouraging his literary genius, Dorcus died one year later on 11-4-1933 & was buried with her husband, Joseph L Nicholson, (d 3-14-21). Cemetery is .3 mile S of SR 1800 on the east side of Hwy 115, S of Hwy 421 in Wilkesboro NC

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