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Helen Hoyt (1887-1972), from Williamsport Pennsylvania Gazette & Bulletin, Jan. 11, 1915. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Helen Hoyt Lyman (January 22, 1887 - August 2, 1972)[1] was an American poet.


Hoyt was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on January 22, 1887.[2][3] Her father was Henry M. Hoyt, Governor of Pennsylvania from 1879 to 1893. Her niece was 1920s poet Elinor Wylie,[4]

Helen Hoyt was educated at Barnard College.

In 1921 she married fellow poet William Whittingham Lyman Jr, and so also became known as either Mrs. W.W. Lyman[5] or Helen Hoyt Lyman.[6] The couple moved to St. Helena, California, where Hoyt spent her later years.[7]


Early in her career Hoyt was an associate editor of the literary magazine Poetry, and also had numerous articles and poems published within the magazine from 1913 to 1936. She also edited the September 1916 edition of Others: A magazine of the new verse,[2] the woman's number. Other magazines to publish her work include The Egoist and The Masses.[8]

Aside from her own collections, her work was published in notable anthologies of her times, including The New Poetry: An anthology (1917), The Second Book of Modern Verse (1920) , Silver Pennies: Modern poems for boys and girls (1925), May Days (1926), and The Best Poems of 1931.[9]

In 1932, she wrote the foreword to California Poets: An anthology of 244 contemporaries.

She corresponded with Idella Purnell and Clark Ashton Smith.


"At present most of what we know, or think we know, of women has been found out by men, we have yet to hear what woman will tell of herself, and where can she tell more intimately than in poetry?" Others: A Magazine of the New Verse in 1916[10][11]



  • Apples Here in My Basket. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1924.
  • Leaves of Wild Grape. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1929.
  • The Name of a Rose. San Francisco: Helen Gentry, 1931.
  • Poems of Amis. Los Angeles: R.J. Hoffman, 1946.
  • A Girl in the City. St. Helena, CA: J.E. Beard, 1970.
  • Five Poems. Sattley, CA: Blue Oak Press, 1979.


  • Foreword to California Poets: An anthology of 244 contemporaties. New York: House of Henry Harrison, 1932.

Except where noted, bibliographic information courtesy WorldCat.[12]

Ellis Park by Helen Hoyt

Ellis Park by Helen Hoyt

Poems by Helen HoytEdit

  1. Rain at Night

See alsoEdit



  1. "California Death Records". California Death Records as held on Retrieved April 13, 2005. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 ""Biography of Helen Hoyt"". Biographical Notes from The Second Book Of Modern Verse. Retrieved April 13, 2005. 
  3. "Old Poetry". Old Poetry - Authors - Helen Hoyt. Retrieved April 13, 2005. 
  4. Taylor, Georgina (2001). H.D. and the Public Sphere of Modernist Women Writers 1913-1946: Talking Women. Oxford University Press. p. 76. ISBN 0198187130. 
  5. "Office of Historic Preservation". Office of Historic Preservation - Napa Landmarks: County Listing. Retrieved April 13, 2005. 
  6. Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, 18:4 (July 1921), p. 209.
  7. Helen Hoyt 1887-1967, Poetry Foundation. Web, May 20, 2018.
  8. "Historical Index". Historical Index of Poetry Magazine. Retrieved April 13, 2005. 
  9. "Historical Index". Historical Index of Poetry Magazine. Retrieved April 13, 2005. 
  10. William Drake (1987). The First Wave, Women Poets in America 1915-1945. Macmillan. ISBN 0-02-533490-5. 
  11. ""endnotes"". (October, 1989) HOW(ever) 5 (4). Retrieved April 13, 2005.  Template:Dead link
  12. "Search results = au:Helen Hoyt," WorldCat, Web, July 13, 2012.

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