Close up of Nevada Writers Hall of Fame medal

Joanne de Longchamps

1989 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Inductee


Joanne de Longchamps grew up in Los Angeles and studied art and music in France. She came to Reno in 1941 after marrying mining engineer Galen Edward de Longchamps. She pursued her interests in poetry and art at the University of Nevada, Reno, and began publishing artwork and poems in regional and national magazines and literary journals. She was a member of the Poetry Society of America, winning its Reynolds Lyric award in 1954. Her paintings and collages were exhibited at local and regional shows. She received the Carolina Quarterly Annual Award from the University of North Carolina in 1959. Fifteen of her poems were published in the New York Times from 1963-1972. She was appointed the first Walter Van Tilburg Clark Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1973 and received the Nevada Governor's Art Award for Literature in 1983. The Schoolhouse Poems (1975) is dedicated to Walter Van Tilburg Clark and contains the poem, "Late Letter to Walter Clark." Her later work was influenced by the Second Wave Feminist Movement of the 1970s. The One Creature anthology contains environmental poems.