Alice Corbin Henderson (1881-1949). Courtesy Poetry & Popular Culture.

Alice Corbin Henderson (April 16, 1881 - July 18, 1949) was an American poet, prose author, and editor.


Alice Corbin was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother died in 1884, and she was briefly sent to live with her father's cousin Alice Mallory Richardson in Chicago, before returning to her father in Kansas after his remarriage in 1891.

Corbin attended the University of Chicago, and in 1898 published a collection of poetry Linnet Songs. In 1904 she rented a studio in the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago, and it was there she met her future husband, William Penhallow Henderson, a painter, architect and furniture designer, who was teaching there at the time. They married on October 14, 1905.

Alice Corbin Henderson

Alice Corbin Henderson

In 1912 her 2nd collection of poems, The Spinning Woman of the Sky, was published, and she became assistant editor to Harriet Monroe at Poetry magazine. She left Chicago for Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1916, after having been diagnosed with tuberculosis. She continued working on Poetry by long distance until 1922.

Henderson and her husband were devoted to New Mexico and the Southwest. They were active in the civil rights of Native Americans. She published Red Earth: Poems of New Mexico in 1920 and The Turquoise Trail: An anthology of New Mexico poetry in 1928. In 1937 William Penhallow Henderson designed what is now called the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in the form of a traditional Navajo hogan, and Alice Corbin Henderson became curator of the museum.

1937 saw Henderson publishing Brothers of Light: The Penitentes of the southwest, for which her husband provided the illustrations. The book was reprinted by Yucca Tree Press in 1998 (ISBN 1-881325-23-7).



Short fictionEdit

  • Christmas Stories: A book of sketches. Chicago: Wind-Tryst Press, 1898.


  • Introduction to N. Howard Thorp, Songs of the Cowboys. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1921.[1]
  • "The Dance-Rituals of the Pueblo Indians". New York: Theatre Arts 7:2 (April 1923).
  • Modern Indian Painting (pamphlet). New York: Exposition of Tribal Arts, 1931.
  • Brothers of Light: The Penitentes of the southwest (illustrated by William Penhallow Henderson). New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1937; Las Cruces, NM: Yucca Tree Press, 1998; Santa Fe, NM: Sunstone Press, 2013.
  • "Indian Artists of the Southwest". American Indian 2:3 (Spring 1945).


  • Adam’s Dream, and two other miracle plays for children. New York: Scribner, 1908.
  • Cinderella; or, The glass slipper. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1914.


  • Hans Christian Andersen, Best Fairy Tales (illustrated by William Penhallow Henderson). Chicago: Rand McNally, 1908.


Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. Search results = au:N. Howard Thorp, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Aug. 8, 2015.
  2. Alice Corbin Henderson, Poetry Foundation, Web, Oct. 2, 2012.
  3. Search results = au:Alice Corbin Henderson, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 19, 2014.

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