Kinsolving was born Sally Archer Bruce in Richmond, Virginia. Her grandfather was Charles Bruce, a former Virginia State Senator. Other notable relatives included her uncles William Cabell Bruce, a former U.S. Senator from Maryland; Thomas Nelson Page, author of short stories, novels, essays, and poetry; Philip Alexander Bruce, Virginia historian; and James Douglas Bruce, Arthurian scholar.
She was educated at her grandfather's home and in private schools.
She married Rev. Arthur Barksdale Kinsolving, a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria and rector at Christ Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, New York, on February 5, 1886. They had 7 children: Arthur Lee, Sally, Herbert, Mary Bruce, Anne Seddon, Lucinda, and Eleanor. Anne Seddon (m. Anne Seddon Kinsolving Brown) also became a writer.
Kinsolving published her first collection of poetry in 1921, and 3 more through 1942.
She co-founded the Poetry Society of Maryland in 1923, and served as its president, 1929-1938. She often hosted well-known poets visiting Baltimore, and held salons in which Society members could meet them, at the Rectory. One of those poets was Carl Sandburg; Sandburg and Kinsolving maintained a lifelong relationship through correspondence, encouraging each other in their work and exchanging poems and folk songs.
In addition to her work with the Poetry Society of Maryland, Kinsolving was a member of the Poetry Society of America, the Catholic Poetry Society of America, and the Academy of American Poets. She was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa Associates, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Gallery of Living Catholic Authors, and the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore.
- Depths and Shallows. Baltimore, MD: Norman, Remington, 1921.
- David and Bath-sheba, and other poems. Baltimore, MD: Norman, Remington, 1922.
- Grey Heather. Portland, ME: Mosher Press, 1930.
- Many Waters: Poems. New York: Putnam, 1942.
- Biographical Data of the Reverend Arthur B. Kinsolving, D.D. (1861-1951). Baltimore, MD: 1954.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Biographical History, Sally Bruce Kinsolving Collection, Pratt Library. Web, July 5, 2015.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Little-known drawings reveal details of Poe's home," Poe Museum. Web, July 2, 2015.
- ↑ Amelia Grabowski, "Carl Sandburg at the Old St. Paul's Rectory," Baltimore Heritage. Web, July 5, 2015.
- ↑ Search results = au:Sally Bruce Kinsolving, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, July 5, 2015.
- Sally Bruce Kinsolving at Amazon.com
- "Carl Sandburg at the Old St. Paul's Rectory" at Baltimore Heritage
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