(1899–1954), Oklahoma poet and dramatist, known for his plays on the people and folk themes of the southern Plains region. The most noted of these are Roadside (1930), a romantic comedy; Green Grow the Lilacs (1931), a folk play set in the Indian Territory in 1900 and intended to dramatize the spirit of Western folk songs; Russet Mantle (1936), a comedy concerned with the problems of youth in a transitional culture; and The Cherokee Night (1936), a tragedy dealing with the degradation of the Cherokee Indians following the U.S. occupation of Oklahoma. Other plays include Big Lake (1927), Sump'n Like Wings (1928), A Lantern To See By (1928), and The Cream in the Well (1941). He also published a book of poetry, The Iron Dish (1930).
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.