by George J. Dance

To john steinbeck

Trent's sonnet "To John Steinbeck". Courtesy Steinbeck Studies & Project Muse.

Lucia Trent (1897-1977) was an African-American poet.[1] In the 1930's some considered her to be the best female poetry reader of the time.[2]


Trent was the wife of poet Ralph Cheyney. The couple edited the magazine Contemporary Vision.[3]

For some years she was the book editor of The Nation.[2]

An activist like her husband, Trent published many works intended to raise the consciousness of the middle and working classes, including Children of Fire and Shadow (1929) and Thank You, America! (1937).[3]

The couple's son, Trent Cheney (who was writing and reciting his own poetry at 12), was called both a child prodigy and "the greatest child poet of today."[2]

After Ralph Cheyney died, Trent married Ernest Glass, and lived with him in Austin, Texas. She was bedridden for the last decade of her life after a stroke.[4]


Trent's sonnet "To John Steinbeck" was published in Davis's Anthology of Newspaper Verse for 1939: 21st annual edition (New York: Henry Harrison, 1940).[3]



  • Dawn Stars. New York: H. Harrison, 1926.
  • Children of Fire and Shadow. Chicago: R. Packard, 1929.
  • Spring Choral (with Ralph Cheyney). Chicago: Contemporary Vision Press, 1930.
  • Early Harvest (with Ralph Cheyney). Philadelphia: Poetry Publishers, 1931.
  • Dreamers' House (with Ralph Cheyney). Chicago: R. Packard, 1931.
  • Sierra Dreamers' House: More songs from Dreamers' House(with Ralph Cheyney). Philadelphia: Poetry Publishers, 1935.
  • Thank You America! (with Ralph Cheyney). New York & Los Angeles: Suttonhouse, 1937.
  • Lady Godiva and St. Satyr, An open letter to Robinson Jeffers, and other poems and prose (with Ralph Cheyney). Las Animas, CO: Hagglund, 1941.


  • More Power to Poets! A plea for more poetry in life, more life in poetry (with Ralph Cheyney). New York, H. Harrison, 1934.
  • Five Hundred Don'ts for Writers. San Antonio, TX: 1944.


  • America Arraigned! [poetry on the Sacco-Vanzetti case] (edited with Ralph Cheyney; introduction by John Haynes Holmes). New York: York, Dean, 1928.
  • How to Profit from that Impulse: A symposium on contemporary poetic practice and on the creative process (edited with Ralph Cheyney & Benjamin Francis Musser). New York: Dean, 1928.
  • Voices in the Dawn (anthology; edited with Ralph Cheyney). Paris & London: "Studies" Publications, 1930.
  • Eros: An anthology of modern love poems (illustrated by Herbert Fouts). New York: H. Harrison, 1939.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. Lucia Tent (1897-1977), Modern American Poetry, University of Illinois,, Web, Jan. 15, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Reception Wednesday will honor two famous American poets, Evening Independent, September 13, 1941. Google News, Web, Mar. 29, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "To John Steinbeck," Steinbeck Studies 16:1/2 (Spring 2005). Project Muse, Web, Mar. 29, 2015.
  4. Lucia Trent, Modern American Poetry. Web, Mar. 29, 2015.
  5. Search results = au:Lucia Trent, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Mar. 29, 2015.

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