Historic Markers Across Georgia

Byron Herbert Reece

Marker ID: GHS 144-1
Location: 9 miles south of Blairsville on US 19/129 at Reese Farm
County: Union
Coordinates: N 34° 46.862    W 083° 54.581
  34.78103333    -83.90968333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM17MV
Byron Herbert Reece Marker  


Renowned Appalachian poet, novelist, and farmer, Byron Herbert Reece lived most of his life near this site. Here he composed, to critical acclaim, four volumes of poetry and two novels, Better a Dinner of Herbs and The Hawk and the Sun. Reece was a five-time recipient of the Georgia Writers Association?s literary achievement award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Bow Down in Jericho. He served as poet-in-residence at the University of California at Los Angeles , Emory University , and Young Harris College . Suffering from tuberculosis, Reece took his own life three months before his forty-first birthday. He is buried in Old Union Cemetery near Young Harris.

144-1 Georgia Historical Society 2006.2


Byron Herbert Reece