Eloise Bibb Thompson

Eloise Bibb Thompson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1878. She published her first book, Poems (Monthly Review Press, 1895), when she was seventeen years old. A graduate of the New Orleans University, she taught in schools and worked as a feature writer for the Los Angeles Tribune. As a playwright, she also wrote Africannus (1922), based on the life of Marcus Garvey, and A Reply to the Clansman (1915), in response to D.W Griffith’s film Birth of a Nation. She died in 1928.