Mastin was born in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Her family moved when she was young to Piermont, New York, where she grew up. She first published a poem ("The Hudson River") in the Nyack Star at the age of 14. She graduated from Tappan Zee College (where she wrote the graduating class poem) in 1903.
She earned a B.A. from Barnard College. She then spent many years teaching English at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, New York City. Her students included Bernard Malamud, who described her class as "unusually exciting."
She retired in 1952 and returned to Piermont, where she died in 1968.
The New York State Commission on Historic Observances chose her poem “Freedom’s Dream” for the 350th Hudson-Champlain Celebration in 1959. The poem was also awarded the Freedom Foundation Medal in 1959.
- Green Leaves. New York: J.T. White, 1918.
- Cables of Cobweb. New York: H. Harrison, 1935.
- Freedom's Dream. Albany, NY: New York State Commission on Historic Observances, 1960.
- Over the Tappan Zee, and other poems. New York: Fine Editions Press, 1962.
- Across time's fence: Portraits of old Rockland County. Syracuse, NY: Special Collections Dept., Syracuse University Library, 1969.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Florence Ripley Mastin, Poets.org, Academy of American Poets. Web, July 13, 2015.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Biographical History, Florence Ripley Mastin Papers, Syracuse University Library. Web, July 13, 2015.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Florence Ripley Mastin, Poetry Foundation. July 13, 2015.
- ↑ Search results = au:Florence Ripley Mastin, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, July 13, 2015.
- "A Moment"
- Florence Ripley Mastin 2 poems at the Academy of American Poets
- Florence Ripley Mastin at the Poetry Foundation
- Mastin in Poetry: A magazine of verse, 1912-1922: "Americus," "Roderick," "Lucretia," "Isidor," "David," "Your Hands," "From the Telephone"
- Florence Ripley Mastin papers at Syracuse University Library
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