by George J. Dance

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Sally Bruce Kinsolving (February 14, 1876 - April 27, 1962) was an American poet.[1]


Kinsolving was born Sally Archer Bruce in Richmond, Virginia. Her grandfather was Charles Bruce, a former Virginia State Senator. Other notable relatives included her uncles William Cabell Bruce, a former U.S. Senator from Maryland; Thomas Nelson Page, author of short stories, novels, essays, and poetry; Philip Alexander Bruce, Virginia historian; and James Douglas Bruce, Arthurian scholar.[1]

She was educated at her grandfather's home and in private schools.[1]

She married Rev. Arthur Barksdale Kinsolving, a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria and rector at Christ Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, New York, on February 5, 1886. They had 7 children: Arthur Lee, Sally, Herbert, Mary Bruce, Anne Seddon, Lucinda, and Eleanor. Anne Seddon (m. Anne Seddon Kinsolving Brown) also became a writer.[1]

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St. Paul's Rectory, Baltimore, Maryland, 2012. Photo by Smallbones. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

In 1906 the couple moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where Rev. Kinsolving served as rector at Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, living at the Rectory at 24 Saratoga Street.[2]

Kinsolving published her first collection of poetry in 1921, and 3 more through 1942.[2]

She co-founded the Poetry Society of Maryland in 1923, and served as its president, 1929-1938.[1] She often hosted well-known poets visiting Baltimore, and held salons in which Society members could meet them, at the Rectory. One of those poets was Carl Sandburg; Sandburg and Kinsolving maintained a lifelong relationship through correspondence, encouraging each other in their work and exchanging poems and folk songs.[3]

In addition to her work with the Poetry Society of Maryland, Kinsolving was a member of the Poetry Society of America, the Catholic Poetry Society of America, and the Academy of American Poets. She was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa Associates, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Gallery of Living Catholic Authors, and the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore.[2]


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  • Biographical Data of the Reverend Arthur B. Kinsolving, D.D. (1861-1951). Baltimore, MD: 1954.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Biographical History, Sally Bruce Kinsolving Collection, Pratt Library. Web, July 5, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Little-known drawings reveal details of Poe's home," Poe Museum. Web, July 2, 2015.
  3. Amelia Grabowski, "Carl Sandburg at the Old St. Paul's Rectory," Baltimore Heritage. Web, July 5, 2015.
  4. Search results = au:Sally Bruce Kinsolving, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, July 5, 2015.

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