Breeder and Other Stories
Spread My Wings
A Family Tradition of Education Eugenia Collier was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where she now lives. Her father was a physician and her mother a teacher. She graduated with high honors from Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 1948 and earned her master of arts from Columbia University in 1950. Collier has taught English at Howard, Baltimore Community College, and Morgan State University in Baltimore.
Seeing Life from Both Sides For a time, Collier was a case worker with the Baltimore Department of Public Welfare. She started teaching college in 1955 and later began writing. One of her first efforts, "Marigolds," won the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for Fiction in 1969. Her stories, poems, and critical essays have appeared in many anthologies and magazines. Collier says that the source of her creativity is "the richness, the diversity, the beauty of my black heritage."