"Elma Stuckey, 81, a retired supervisor for the Illinois Department of Labor, was described as “among the authentic American poets of our century.“ She was the author of two books of poetry, “The Big Gate“ in 1976 and “The Collected Poems of Elma Stuckey“ in 1987.
As a poet, she first gained attention by reading her poetry on Studs Terkel`s radio program on WFMT. She has since read at Harvard, Cornell and Stanford Universities as well as the University of California at Berkeley. She was a writer in residence at the University of Illinois and St. Mary`s College, Winona, Minn.
`’My mother had a fiercely independent spirit,“ Sterling Stuckey, a history professor at Northwestern University, said. “Several years ago she had both legs amputated, and she insisted on cooking her own meals and living by herself.`’